What a splendid weekend here. The State Fair is in full swing (unfortunately I don't have time to go), but I do hear the fireworks exploding over the fairgrounds each evening. The warm sunshiny days, followed by cool nights, are bringing people to the fair in droves and attendance will break the previous record perhaps.
I did a little garden work and took down all the straggly vines from the porch, saving seed pods in hopes I can grow new Moonflowers from these seeds next Spring.
Front porch prior to taking down (sadly) the Moonflower and Morning Glory vines before the first frost.
Moonflower seed pods - need to dry out in the sun before opening. Inside are four white seeds which should harden over the Winter and will be planted for next Summer's front porch curtains! If you'd like to try growing some next Spring let me know - I'd love to send you some seeds later.
Regarding the seeds. Ever done something really stupid? I did. Last night I forgot to take these lovely seed pods in from the backyard bench where I photographed them.........this morning almost every one had been eaten or chewed up by our squirrels, or some other hungry wild creature! I won't repeat the words which came from my mouth! So dear friends, very sorry, no more seeds on offer.
Amazing - this is the angel trumpet plant right now! I showed it to you a couple of times earlier, once in mid-Summer when it was still somewhat puny struggling through those 100 plus days, then again a few weeks go when it started to bloom. Now here it is almost half way through October and the flowers are profuse, more opening each sunny day.
Please be aware, if you plan to grow one, that all parts of this plant are poisonous to humans and animals if ingested. I try to remember my gloves when handling it.
I really love this shrub which smells delicious and lemony in the early evening air. The flowers just keep unfurling and are beautiful. Of course the plant has to be cut back to the ground for the Winter and heavily mulched as it is tropical and will not survive if left like this in our area. Hopefully it will be back next spring, pushing new shoots through the ground. It is now several years old and was rooted from a single stem cutting from another gardener's plant. I had a pink one too, however it succumbed to the cold one Winter - I believe this yellow one is more hardy in our growing zone 7.
Definitely a stately garden delight!