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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Nice Day - nearly...

24 July 2009 19:04:06
Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Well, it was nearly a nice day. The morning was enough to give me hope that summer was still here. I got out and did some weeding and dead heading but it began to feel a bit like a scratched record because, before long, there were lightning showers and I was running indoors.

I cleaned up the greenhouse a bit and discovered (no, not another elephant hawk moth) a Morning Glory in full flower. While it is lovely, I won't bother with them again next year (unless they invent all-day-long-glories)! This is the first one I've seen in full flower - the others had either just flowered or were about to flower or showed no sign of flowering whenever I saw them! And they're a lot of trouble with staking and feeding etc.

I removed some flowering marigolds from the greenhouse border and planted them in gaps outside. Hubby has been complaining about the lack of anywhere to plant his French turnip seeds and has his eye on the greenhouse border. I also planted out the Ricinus from Bill as it is now hardened and was constrained in its little pot. But that was it for today.


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Nadine Nadine 24 July 2009 19:50:57

Hi Rachel - I have morning glories that come out at 5.00 p.m. I don't stake them but grow them in a hanging basket and they cascade down it, without breakages either. You are so lucky to have the Elephant Hawk Moth. They love to lay their eggs on the Willow Herb. I had a caterpillar last year and he stayed for ages. I love these moths because they are so colourful.


Lìga Lìga 24 July 2009 22:28:37

Rachel,"Morning Glory",,is it an "Ipomoea purpurea"? I see you were up very early this morning,your coment in my journal at 4 a.m,,,,to you had a very long day ...Sweet dreams:)


unagrant unagrant 24 July 2009 23:19:15

Hi Rachel. I grew Morning glory from seed this year did not have much sucess with them. I like Nadine's idea about growing them in a hanging basket though.


Rachel Rachel 24 July 2009 23:44:16

Nice to hear from you again, Una. Yes, Nadine's idea about the hanging basket sounds great. The nicest hanging basket I've ever seen contained only nasturtiums - which, like Morning Glories, are supposed to climb up rather than hang down. Liga, I am guilty as charge. couldn't sleep last night so I caught up on reading some profiles! Nadine, I love your profile photo. Are you a genealogist by any chance?


Rachel Rachel 24 July 2009 23:52:33

Liga, you are right that they are ipomea but there is nothing purpurea about the colour!


Lìga Lìga 25 July 2009 08:09:30

Thanks Rachel:)


HeadGardener HeadGardener 27 July 2009 16:41:13

Hope the Ricinus works out ok it might need staking as it gets bigger Rachel. Tell Norman the best place to plant French Turnip is France :-D


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