This summer I let a little swatch of lawn at the edge of the backyard get a bit out of control. Well, okay, way out of control. But now I am glad I did. The weeds offer a barrier, a sort of natural privacy fence. I’m a sort of lover of weeds, if you may. I love flowers that grow in the wild like Queen Anne’s lace and goldenrod.
So I was delighted when bunches of colorful ones sprang up on my neglected lawn. They were morning glories and I was amazed at the colors and variegations, so I took photos, wrote a bit of prose and did some research on the common morning glory.
Ode To The Morning Glory
I can always count on your pretty face to grace the day’s beginning.
Your soul unfurls wide open,
No secrets to hide,
To embrace each morning, no matter how misty.
As the sun climbs high you seem to disappear
All shriveled, faded and spent.
But you’re still there.
The cool darkness nourishes your soul with dew
And I see you again the next morning.
Facts About Morning Glories
- Morning glories bloom in the early morning and then fade and curl up a few hours later.
- Cultivars have been developed and seeds are available to grow them in gardens.
- In the Australian bushland, morning glories grow dense with thick roots and are seriously invasive.
- Some species of morning glories were used in ancient China for medicinal purposes.
- Mesoamerican civilizations used one species of morning glory along with other plants to produce rubber.
- Aztec priests used the morning glory’s hallucinogenic properties.
- One species is used as a vegetable in culinary dishes in East and Southeast Asia.
- The Japanese were the first to develop cultivars for morning glories.
- One species known as moonflower blooms at dusk instead of the morning.
Pretty Pink with White Throat
White tinged with dark purple
White tinged with pale pink
Bright Orange with Yellow Throat
Royal Purple with Dark Purple