Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Morning glories

All the garden blogs I read seem to be featuring fall flowers the past few days, so I thought I'd buck the trend and post a summer flower while I still can. These morning glories are blooming on the fence around the pond and are putting on a pretty late-summer show. It's called "Chocolate Silk" and has large flowers and variegated foliage. The only really *chocolate* part of the flower is the center, the rest is a softer rose-purple than is showing in these pics. We have it planted with some moonflowers and at the base of the fence we planted french marigolds. I thought the contrast of orange and purple would be pretty, but now that the morning glories are blooming well the marigolds are on their way out. We grew these from seeds which is a first for us.


John said...

I remember masses of morning glories at my home when I was growing up. I think those are all gone now. It is nice to see them again.

Pam/Digging said...

I like this color. I've only ever seen the blue ones. I used to grow moonflower vines from seed, which I think of as the reverse of the morning glory.

Susan Gets Native said...

At the girls' preschool, there is a section of fence around the playground that is getting morning glories all twined through it. It's beautiful.

bunnygirl said...

I seem to recall morning glories in our garden when I was a kid in Indiana. I've always liked them. I'm impressed you grew them from seeds!

Yes, the entry in the contest I mentioned on my blog is the first chapter for Tin Soldier. Or rather, a slightly chopped version, so I could make their word count. I keep revising though, so I no longer even remember how close the contest submission resembles what I'm pitching these days, LOL.

They'll be posting my entry on their website, and when they do, I'll put the link on my blog.

I'm looking forward to the Thursday bunny!

NatureWoman said...

I love your morning glories - they're beautiful! I uncovered some morning glory slides that my Grandmother grew on the side of their porch. Those made me fall in love with morning glories when I was young.

Pam in Tucson said...

What a beautiful colour!

Michelle said...

Pretty! Morgan loves Blue Morning Glories and we plant them from seed every year for her. This year I mixed them with a hot pink Madevilla (sp) that looked really pretty mixed together.

LauraHinNJ said...

Oh Michelle that sounds pretty! I love Mandevillas - we didn't grow any this year.

Thanks, Pam - they're a bit fancier than what you think of as morning glories, I guess.

Naturewoman: Funny how certain plants are tied in our memory with people. Morning glories and lilacs say *grandma*. ;-)

Bunnygirl: I'll look for the link on your blog - congrats again!

Susan: You should grow these - they're easy.

Pam: They go nice with the moonflowers and they're just as easy to grow.

John: Thanks! Glad to help you think of a nice memory! ;-)

silverlight said...

This is so funny. I have just finished reading: 'My German Garden' by Elizabeth Von Armin.
She was an English girl who married a German count. anyway she loved to have a garden. But had many problems. One was that she was unable to make Morning Glories grow for her.
I like Morning Glories too and had her problem.

LauraHinNJ said...

Silverlight: Usually we have trouble starting seeds, but these were easy. I wonder if the story of your English girl isn't a metaphor for something else?