Passionflower ( Passiflora incarnata) Bloom

In South Louisiana I grew up calling these Maypop!
They are also known as-Espina de Cristo ; Christus-Krone; Christus-Strauss; Dorn-Krone; Jesus-Leiden; Marter; Muttergottes-Stern; Clock-flower; Tokeisō ; Krishnakamala; Tumbos and Lilikoʻi. The flavoring of Hawaiian punch comes from the Liliko'i vine's fruit. The "passion" refers to the Passion of Christ- and there is much religious symbolism referenced in the shapes of the flower and vines. There are over 500 species in the genus Passiflora! Click on the title above to connect to the Passionflower Research Network and lean more
and/ or click here for the the Passiflora Society International

Butterflies on the Elderberry Bush

They are an amazing plant that grow wild in my yard.
Why do Elderberries matter? Click on the title above to find out more about Elderberries and also click here for Cornell University's page about Elderberries.

Delicious Homemade Ricotta with Pepper Crust

Quick to make, and great with crackers or homemade fresh bread! I use Mauthe's Milk & fresh lemon juice to give it a light fresh flavor, and creamy texture.