Thursday, September 14, 2006

Morning Glory




My beautiful Morning Glory (Ipomoia, to the gardener's gardener).














These plants all seeded themselves from last year's plants which, in turn, seeded themselves from the previous year's plants. Which might have been some I grew from seed... I don't think I can remember that far back.

Whenever I've grown this plant - which really is glorious - from seed, it has been precious - fragile - tender - in need of protection from drought, snails and other hazards of the English garden. These plants which seed themselves are tough and lairy - laughing in the face of drought, scoffing at the thought of slugs.

Some seeded themselves between the cracks in the patio brickwork, and showed not the slightest awareness of the drought conditions killing off other plants.



















Called Morning Glory because they only flower in the morning, these plants (which grow like weeds in the hedgerows in Perpignan, take note Tat!) have exquisitely elegant long furled buds and wonderful deep rich colours.



































Cause for reflection, as I'm doing lots of pre-Autumn work work in the garden (I wont admit its Autumn for a while yet) that whatever I plan, Nature may well have other - and probably better - ideas.

19 comments:

ramblingwoman said...

rather like the peri-menopause, are we in peri-autumn? We certainly seem to have entered the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness here in East Anglia! Wake to find mist, and then the sun breaks through with all it's lovely warmth. It's a lovely time of year, peri-autumn!

Iponema - isn't that a song? or an illness?

lettuce said...

hahaha, thanks Luce, aka, the girl from...


peri-autumn, thats v. good. The season which precedes SAD Tourettes.

PG said...

Weather gods over here in Oxfordshire decree autumn...torrential rain...lovely Morning Glorys, I am inpsired to grow them again next year, so uplifting first thing in the morning!

kelly said...

hi, lovely morning glories, i used to grow these alot in my old garden, they are still unusual to see around here. Another one i like are the black eyed susans, rarely grown but so beautiful! Wiltshire weather is rubbish, no doubt about it, we will most likely skip autumn and go straight to a dark soggy winter. Booo Hooo!

euro-trac said...

Wow! That was some storm we had last night wasn't it?

Beautiful pictures!

FLOWER POWER! x

Kitty said...

I wish I looked like that in the morning!

The cat in the hat is back. Well, actually I had to eat my hat!

Joyce said...

love morning glories....

grumpy old woman said...

Ahhhh, morning glories! Beautiful - I love them - they remind me of my darling Mum who used to grow them ........
~(:o})=

Donna said...

Storms? crikey we are lucky to have missed out on that, it's still summery here. I love those morning glories, beautiful colour although the name makes me giggle 'cos it means something a bit rude too ;-)

Joanna said...

I have always wanted to grow morning glory. They are such fun

Joanna said...

I have always wanted to grow morning glory. They are such fun

Joanna said...

I have always wanted to grow morning glory. They are such fun

grumpy old woman said...

Would you like to expand on this Dons?
~(:o})=

ramblingwoman said...

To Dons: Well, I must be very naive - never knew Morning Glory was rude! Yes, please expand Dons. I think I can kind of guess actually but it had never crossed my mind before, thanks for that Dons. You polluter of minds you! (smiley face - still haven't worked out how to do them!)

lettuce said...

hehehe, M said he knew about this rudenness. No surprise there. No need for "expansion" either I think.

Kitty said...

Well, you learn something new every day!! And I just thought they were pretty flowers.

Donna said...

Oh good. I had a horrid feeling I was going to have to explain!

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tlc illustration said...

The morning glory pics are stunning. None of the more interesting colors came up in my yard this year - just rather plain pink ones that have taken over the fence....