Friday Flowers: Purple Petrea

No more Paris this week I’m afraid people. Instead this week’s Friday Flowers is one of my favourite creepers, the spectacular purple Petrea volubis. It does grow in Darwin but unfortunately didn’t like our garden. No doubt I have a photo somewhere of the one we grew in our Brisbane garden but this is one I snapped in  Brisbane last September.

The Petrea is a vine with very sandpapery leaves, and quite woody and inflexible stems. What I particularly like about it, is that as the flowers age, they turn a gorgeous silvery-purple colour.


This, on the other hand, is a photo of one in the gardens of the Amani cafe/craft shop in Nairobi, Kenya. We had a great time running amok spending money at this wonderful shop but has personal significance. In one of those “what if” moments, had we not spent so much time there and at another craft shop there’s a fair chance we might have been at the Westgate Mall when it was bombed. There but for the grace of God…


Peter at Amani Nairobi
DSC00329I hope these beautiful flowers have brought sunshine and happiness to your day.


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