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:
For any non-gardeners, these are one day blooms that will be shriveled up by the end of the day.
We had some rain shortly after the sun came up which made some interesting patterns.
This one lagged behind opening.
The blossom itself is quite delicate, I’m not sure what caused this damage.
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
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.
Not surprisingly there are plenty of bees and other insects.
Occasionally, a small grouping stands apart, like this upright trio.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 20, 2020
Morning Glories grow wild along the roads through many of the wildlife management areas around South Carolina.
These pink ones make a bold statement as they reach for the early sun.
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.
I started this post in Classic Editor then finished it with the new Block Editor, hopefully without creating display issues.
Some nearly gone by Morning Glories on the edge of a pond were attracting this Gulf Fritillary.
The supporting vegetation has provided some serious snacking, perhaps that caterpillar in the lower left was the beneficiary.
Morning Glories brighten the dikes at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.
Here’s a nostalgic take on another vine with some intertwined grasses.
A bee disappeared into the center of this wild Morning Glory and I waited at the ready for him to come out.
Finally, I was starting to think that maybe I’d missed him and he awkwardly backed out.
And slowly took off casting a shadow on the bloom.
A saw a wide range of colorful blooms in a walk around Magnolia Gardens last week.
A single Morning Glory blossom had opened for the sun pushing a strand of spider web.
The Black-eyed Susans were looking a bit bedraggled from the previous afternoon’s pounding rain.
Texas Star Hibiscus shouts out for attention wherever it blooms.
This stem of delicate orange blossoms in the shade hadn’t quite dried off. I haven’t noticed it before but sure will look again when I return.
Morning Glories open to the rising sun on the edge of an old rice field pond.
10/14/2018, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC