Plant Pics, 100616 edition

White morning glory with purple stripe

White morning glory with purple stripe

Tuesday morning I stepped outside and there was so much going on with the morning glories I had to take some pictures.

Technically they’re weeds, but they’re pretty weeds so I don’t care. I unwrap them from the peppers and other plants they might overtake, and let them wind their merry way around the accidental corn.

Purple morning glory around the base of a treeThis is where the vine begins, at the front end of the south wall, at the base of one of those default bushes everyone seems to have – and I therefore don’t want.

My husband didn’t want to remove it but agreed all the dead branches could be removed. So I pruned the hell out of it and then planted a moon vine at the base. I didn’t manage to kill it off, but apparently word spread in the vine kingdom that this was a suitable home where one could sprawl undisturbed.

White morning glory twisting around the end of corn

This portion twists around one of the accidental corn tassels.

Morning glory and hibuscus coexisting

I like the structure of the morning glory vine as it weaves through the hibiscus. Fortunately the hibiscus seems not to mind.

Pink morning glory

Most of the blooms are white or purple, but sometimes we get pink. (One day we even had a light blue one.)

Morning glory in raspberries

There also seems to be a minor incursion into the raspberry patch, which is durable enough to fend it off.

Purple moring glory at the base of a cornstalk

Deep purple morning glory at the base of the aformentioned accidental cornstalks.

Purple and striped morning glories

If there’s a pattern to the coloration variety, I don’t know what it is. I just appreciate it as it arrives.

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Plant Pics, 100116 edition

As cool weather sets in (bleah), here are some photos from summer.

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I honestly don’t know what this is. It seemed to be in the dandelion family. [July 8, 2016]

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The hibiscus in full explosion. [Aug. 11, 2016]

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Morning glory winding around the shepherd’s crook. To the right, unintentional corn. [Aug. 22, 2016]

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A burst of morning glories by the temporarily dormant hibiscus. [Aug. 22, 2016]

Blue Morning Glory a Happy Surprise

Morning glories, one taking an unusual turn.
Morning glories, one taking an unusual turn.

Summer is over, but the yard still is blossoming.

This morning I got a bonus for filling the birdbath. As I put down the hose and turned toward the front door, I saw a light blue morning glory. That’s right, blue. I tried to do it justice in the photo above, but it was tricky.

Most of our blossoms are purple, some white, occasionally pink. This is the first blue I’ve seen, and I especially love the two purple stripes.

I generally let the morning glories be as long as they don’t interfere with other plants. I guide them away from the honeysuckle, for example, and out of the vegetables.

The hibiscus and morning glory coexisting.
The hibiscus and morning glory coexisting.

The vines were unwoven from around most stems of the hibiscus, shown above, and wound around the downspout instead. A side trailer of them weaves through the beaten-up white metal table, pink and purple prettying up the rust (a little).

My favorite winding blossoms right now come from the moonvine. Sometimes its tendrils seem to grow 6 inches in a day. To me the blooms are interesting even when they’re closed, because I like the strong pale green limbs that allow them to open and shut repeatedly.

A moonvine blossom just opening for the night.
A moonvine blossom just opening for the night.