Compost Is Pretty Too

Gardens are pretty.

Flowers are pretty.

Foliage is pretty.

A compost bin  is pretty, too.  Especially when adorned with Passion Vine, Passiflora caerulea.

I planted the vine on the other side of the lattice, planning for coverage of some, if not all, of the wooden lattice, to limit the view of the compost bin from the garden.


Alas, Garden Fates formulated other ideas.  First, this guy,

…dug up one of the two Passion Vine plants.  Several times.  Afterwards, the surviving vine travel up the trellis and then over and along the top of the compost bin, rather than covering the front the side of the trellis, as I originally intended.

Okay, lushly foliaged and flowered fencing will not be. No matter. I’m not so set in my ways that I can’t be garden-flexible and I understand the plant’s need to reach for as much sunshine as possible.

Now as I dig out compost which is ready for the garden,

…and add organic waste for production of more of the same,

I pluck the creeping tendrils and redirect as necessary, while appreciating the lovely blooms,

…and the Gulf Fritillary butterflies who use this vine as their nursery.

Beautiful compost for beautiful plants.