Category Archives: Flowers

Morning Glory, Back Yard

You may have noticed I have a thing for Morning Glories. I bought and planted a packet of seeds in the spring. I was excited when a few vines sprouted. Then, nothing. All summer long.

About two weeks ago Ted spotted one bloom at the top of the arbor. I was happy I hadn’t take the vine down. The vines grew. Then suddenly this:

Blue Morning Glories on Arbor
Blue Morning Glories on Arbor in the Rain

For any non-gardeners, these are one day blooms that will be shriveled up by the end of the day.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

We had some rain shortly after the sun came up which made some interesting patterns.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

This one lagged behind opening.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

The blossom itself is quite delicate, I’m not sure what caused this damage.

Torn Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Torn Blue Morning Glory Blossom

I do hope the plant can take a touch of frost; the weather forecast is predicting 38 F (3 C) for tonight. Not that they are ever wrong!

Taken Sunday, November 1, 2020

 

Morning Glory

These wild pink Morning Glories have put on an amazing show this fall. I’ve yet to get a good composition of  a mass of them; here’s a small slice.

Pink Morning Glories
Pink Morning Glories

Not surprisingly there are plenty of bees and other insects.

Pink Morning Glories and a Bee
Pink Morning Glories and a Bee

Occasionally, a small grouping stands apart, like this upright trio.

Trio of Pink Morning Glories
Trio of Pink Morning Glories

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 20, 2020

More Pink Morning Glories

Morning Glories grow wild along the roads through many of the wildlife management areas around South Carolina. 

Pink Morning Glories
Pink Morning Glories

These pink ones make a bold statement as they reach for the early sun. 

Pink Morning Glories
Pink Morning Glories

I prefer lining them up with a solid background like the first two images with the blue-grey water behind them, but found this final image with layers of trees, marsh grass and water appealing, too. 

Pink Morning Glories
Pink Morning Glories

I started this post in Classic Editor then finished it with the new Block Editor, hopefully without creating display issues.

The Buttonbush Flower

I’ve had a few posts recently featuring butterflies on a Buttonbush flower head. Here are a few images of just the flower cluster. And yes, it looks a bit like all those virus graphics we’ve been seeing.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

The orbs visible in the background are flower heads that have dropped all the individual flowers and are drying out.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

And I couldn’t resist another image with a Swallowtail butterfly working over a cluster that is past its prime.

Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush
Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush

A Hibiscus Blooms

Late one gloomy afternoon the sole bloom on a hibiscus plant on my patio started to open.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus  and Spider, 5:30 PM

About 2 1/2 hours later, the sun was down but the blossom continued to unfurl.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus and spider, 8 PM, day 1

Evidently the spider didn’t care for the changes to his hideaway and he moved on.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 8PM, day 1

The next morning it was raining and even after sunrise I needed to use flash to get a good image.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 7 AM day 2

Raindrops made a nice visual addition.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 7 AM day 2

A few hours later the “star” was fully open.

Texas Star Hibiscus
Texas Star Hibiscus, 10 AM day 2

The next morning, about 40 hours after it started to open, the bloom had completely curled up, done with its show, and promptly fell off.