Last week I wrote a post about the Balsam Apple Vine, ending with a caution about its invasive nature.. Perhaps I should have included a few pictures for emphasis! Holy Canoli! Look at the assault taking place on the other side of my fence! (Note: as always, click the photos to enlarge them)
The lot next-door is vacant and much of what’s growing there has volunteered from my various gardens. In the picture below, we see Balsam Apple fighting Mile-a-Minute Vine for “twining” rights! To the victor goes the spoils, in this case Kalanchoe Pinnata! (Random fact should you ever be a Jeopardy contestant: K.Pinnata flowers after growing 2 years or putting on 37 pairs of leaves…whichever comes first. This one’s right ready to spike!)
Zooming out, we see Balsam Apple extending down the entire fence line: sun or shade, this vine grows indiscriminately!
Until next time…..
- Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia Linn) (mykonosfoodlab.com)
- Bitter gourd (Korola, Karela) – shallow fried (bksangeetapal.wordpress.com)