Moonflowers blooming at night
Remember I mentioned the Moonflowers curtaining the front porch. Just a packet of seeds sown in Spring turned into a brilliant show, despite heat and drought - altho' I did hand water as much as I was able. Moonflowers love sunshine for growth and the moon's light for blooming. Draping their bright green heart-shaped leaves around the posts, lanterns, grapevine balls, and the hanging ferns, they are enjoying these last days of Summer. Being nocturnal flowers, they perfume the night air when the blooms open fully like bright white hankies, then curl inward with the arrival of early sunshine the next morning.
The past few early mornings have not been very sunny making it possible to throw on a robe, grab the camera, then flit around the porch catching the blooms still wide open........................
................and yesterday I noticed they were reaching out to twine around the chandelier. Had to put a stop to that so gently unwound them and tucked them back where they came from!
Soon I'll be taking the vines down - hard to do when they are still so lovely. Annuals in this area, they will die quickly when the first frosts come, looking sad and forlorn on the front of the cottage. I'll not be home when those chilly nights arrive in October, so I must get them down. Come next Spring I'll plant again, Moonflowers and Morning Glories - big garden treasures from little packets of seeds.