Here’s the Story: Morning Glories

The morning glories are starting to unfurl themselves upon a five foot tower of green. In the late August garden, that’s a lot of show for 39 cents. This was a pack of seeds I bought at Walgreens or suchlike place that sells cheepo seed packages of downscale provenance. I call it Scandinavian Flags morning glory because it’s white, blue and yellow, colors favored in Nordic flag making.

I suspect that a seed from a pink variety got mixed in with the white ones — see that bud northwest of the ladybug? If so, I’m delighted  —  I’m already missing the classic intensity of Heavenly Blue or the sassy red of Scarlett O’Hara. Before the ‘Ville forced us to transplant our mailbox across the street at the request of the Post Office, I covered it in cascades of fuchsia morning glories which rejoiced my heart every time I pulled out of the driveway.

Yes, these South American lovelies are glorious and they make me rejoice. They always grow, in rambunctious profusion. With little coaching and no tying, they’ll twine themselves around fence posts, pillars, mailboxes, tree trunks, downspouts — even a funky tepee (or tuteur, should we wish to get all fancy) made from three bamboo stakes and a twist tie:

It helps to remember to water the sturdy shield-shaped seedlings now and them, but it’s been such a wet summer here there’s been no necessity. They like sunshine, which is, no doubt, why I remember seeing them wending along farmhouse fences when I was a child.  They’re another annual that blooms in August  from seed. I’ve written about how much I love the proletarian toughness of their kind: My cousin Bill reminded me of yet another farmhouse garden beauty, the hollyhock. When we cleaned out the garden this spring the landscapers pulled out the nascent hollyhocks, and I’ll be sure to plant some seeds this fall.

I’m feeling another Suburban Guerrilla moment coming on. I’m going to acquaint myself with every chain link fence in the ‘Ville with a spot of soil adjacent . Come spring, forget Johnny Appleseed. Morning Glory Maggie will will be armed with five bucks worth of seed, setting forth on another subversive campaign for more surprise, more beauty, more mystery, more fun.



Filed under Growing things, Home, Less than 50 cents, On the Street Where I Live

11 responses to “Here’s the Story: Morning Glories

  1. Lloyd

    These beasts are a perennial here in the mild and soggy Pacific Northwest – with about as much public support as kudzu has in the Old Confederacy. Fie upon them!

    • OMG, Lloyd, familiarity does breed contempt. To you a morning glory is a boring pest. To me, in the hot steamy Midwest, it’s a miracle. NO FIE! 🙂

      Edited to add: You Pacific Northwesterners have all those dreamy perfect Anglo gardening conditions. We on the prairie are just grateful for anything that will grow.

  2. Lloyd

    More coffee on the way!

  3. Because this is, cough, cough off topic , (heehee!) I think I could learn to be a good concierge. Email to come. XO

  4. You know I love the renegade flowers—the ones which grab hold and take over and climb and cover. And morning glories certainly fulfil all those duties, and then some.

    I’ve just been looking at a blog with photos of the Chihuly glass sculpture of the ceiling at the Bellagio—oh, my. Morning glories have never been so glamourous nor so popular. At least, that’s what I think they are—gleaming and glorious in every color there is.

  5. Bev

    It’s always a pleasure to read your matter the subject..thank you.

  6. Patty

    Morning glories have always been a favorite of mine, and yours are especially lovely in two colors. They did always get a bad rap for smothering everything in their path, I planted them 35 years ago in WC and they spread everywhere. I wonder if they will grow in the southwest desert?? I looked them up and found they are annuals in the midwest, but perennials in frost-free areas and they will thrive in dry poor soils . I wonder if the seeds will know which season it is here….I’m going to give it a try! Thank you!

  7. kim shook

    OK, now ‘Birdie’ is today’s ear worm! I love the morning glories. I’m going to plant some next to the mailbox next year. It’s the only area that gets full sun and NOTHING will grow there!

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