Monday, September 23, 2019

Showing Off

I was greeted by two stunning flowers this morning. It seems that 'Star of India' decided to show me what it can really do! 😊  The larger flower is perfection. If you look closely you can see the light blue star, and the delicate edging looks like it was painted by an artist's brush! 




But the second flower really made me gasp with delight! I don't even know how to describe it, but you can see for yourself. 😊 I've seen these markings on some Japanese MG varieties in pictures before, but to have one open on my front porch is thrilling! I took over 45 pictures, trying to do it justice. It is very breezy this morning so it was difficult to get a good focus, but here are a few of the best I could do...





Unfortunately, I missed the first flower on I. pubescens yesterday...it was a busy day and I didn't notice until early afternoon, when the flower had already closed. But the plant is covered with buds so I should see another in a couple days! I think this will be the week that all my MG plants will be taking up their residence indoors...they haven't been enjoying the cooler days although they did appreciate the last few days of Indian Summer! 😊

8 comments:

  1. Morning Glories are my very favorite flower. Had them in our yard as a child but have had little success growing them as an adult - must be the soil (or me- the gardener!) Yours are gorgeous! I am surprised they grow so close to The North Pole! haha! :>)

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    1. Have you tried growing them in pots? Many Japanese varieties (Ipomoea nil) work very well in containers. I grow mine indoors over the winter and the short days just trigger them to bloom sooner!

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  2. These are gorgeous! They remind me of butterfly wings. :)

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    1. That's a good comparison! :) I actually wish I'd waited until later in the day to post this...the flower changed color as the day progressed!

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  3. Oh, these are so beautiful! Love the star center. Also, like the blurry ones as they have a painterly look. Can't wait to plant some inside and see if I can grow them. I wonder if you could take the ones that bloom inside and put outside in spring, but leave them in their pots. If frost never hits them would they act as a perennial? If they don't die back, you might be able to prune them back and let them branch out again, outside. Then prune back and bring back inside again, in the fall. Just a thought, as I do not know. I think they are annuals but I wonder if you could treat them as a perennial?

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    1. I'm sure you will enjoy yours...you'll have to send me some pictures when they bloom! :) I believe Ipomoea nil is a true annual, even in its native tropical climate. Still who knows, you might be able to at least extend the life of the plants that way, especially if you don't let them set seed. Might be an interesting experiment!

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