Too Much of a Good Thing

by Daisy

Of course it’s wrong.

It’s misguided.

It lacks discipline and demonstrates poor planning, shows impulse control and neglect.

I’m letting passionfruit vines take over my yard even though I know it will end badly.

This vine is establishing a subterranean network that’s getting out of hand, popping up in all places.

In all of the places, ever. And it’s only its second year in my yard.

This is going to get worse before it gets better, if it gets better.

I’m still thinking, oooo, I like passionfruit. It’s pretty. It’s tasty, It’s medicinal.

It’s taking over.

I have a passionfruit-draped espaliered peach tree now.


I have passionfruit in my carrots.


Passionfruit in my beets.


Passionfruit in my blackberries and climbing up my tomato cages.


Yet I’m still, . . . look at those pretty flowers, look at all those fruits, when is the passionfruit going to get ripe?

I’m the redacted child from a first draft of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, turning into a human/passionfruit hybrid because of her weakness for an odd fruit.

And it’s not just the passionfruit.

It’s the tulsi.

I love tulsi. While I don’t literally worship tulsi, like some, I adore it and respect it, and I’m letting that, too, run rampant through my garden.

One day it may come to a reckoning between the representatives of two religions.

They would likely co-exist, one sprawling, one twining/climbing.

Me, slurping passionfruit and swigging gallons of tulsi tea.

When a plant is somewhere you don’t want it to be, or crowding out something that’s supposed to be there, it can be defined as a weed. But what if the “weed” is as desirable as that which it’s crowding out?

This gets to a couple of aspects of too much of a good thing; when something is good, but it creates an imbalance (I can’t survive on passionfruit alone, I need tomatoes, too), and an excess (I can’t use that much tulsi).

As usual, it boils down to planning, discipline, and common sense.

After this season, I promise myself, I will take back control, keep the passionfruit in its place, and regulate the sprawl of the tulsi.

Passionfruit recipes please.



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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

MonaKarel July 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

You just need to move to a more difficult climate. Living at 6500 feet in the high desert, so many of the invasive vines become very polite annuals

Sallie July 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

Passion fruit Jam?

Mary Beth Lomax July 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

I think Rhonda at down-to-earth blogspot makes things with passionfruit!

Daisy July 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

MonaKarel–Ha! Yes, I see how that would work. And I need to stop seeing my fertile growing conditions as a problem!

Daisy July 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

Sallie–I hope so!

Mattie July 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

So after I was done laughing (u so funny), I did in fact look up some passion fruit recipes. Seems to be a mostly sweet dessert ingredient, but I did see one for Passion Fruit Butter. Didn’t know if you knew about that one. Said to spread it on toast like apple butter. Sounds yummy. Write about it if you choose to make it, I’m curious about that one and any savory dishes you make with it since Google spits out only sweets.
Keep in mind, I’m not real familiar with fresh passion fruit since it’s not something I find at Kroger, but I would think you could use it with chicken, pork or fish. Good luck.

Daisy August 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Mattie–Passion fruit butter has got to be in my cupboard before the end of the season. It sounds heavenly. I agree it would be good in a glaze for meat or fish, too. I’ll report back when they start to get ripe!

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