But when winter hit that year, the vines died, and I became frustrated with climbing a ladder in order to remove the brown, crispy vines from the wires. I asked Mr. Holleygarden to remove the wires, which he dutifully did, and I didn't plant moonflower vines the next year.
|Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)|
I missed them.
But, even though I have promised Mr. Holleygarden that I'm almost positive that I probably won't want him to remove the wires again, he has not been keen on putting the wires back up. Even a man as patient as he has his limits!
Of course, I could put up the wires myself, and actually I have all the supplies. It it on my To-Do list. Actually, it has been on my To-Do list for the past several years. But I'm really not sure I'll want them there permanently, and I don't want to have to take the wires down once I've put them up! (I and Mr. Holleygarden think alike on that.)
Anyway, this year I have been growing moonflower vines on the obelisks in the East bed.
|Earlier this summer, when the vines first began to grow.|
Here's why I like them:
They are so pretty! Heart shaped leaves, and a star in each bloom. And the flowers are HUGE! (In reality, about 5 to 6 inches across.)
Moonflowers open at night, and they really do shine in the moon light. They would be a perfect choice for a moon garden. (I can see them from my bedroom - the perfect spot for a night-opening flower.)
Before they open, they look like swirls of ice cream. Here, they reseed a little, but nothing like the morning glories, which are quite invasive. (Your area may be different.) And the seeds are very easy to save. (I soak my seeds in water for 24 hours before planting, and they usually all come up.)
Unfortunately, they are not perfect. They grow very, very, very long. Very long. Got that? Very long. (In reality, about 20 ft.) Mine have become a bit wild!
They are not only taking over the obelisks, but the entire bed!
I'll be spending the day cutting back the moonflower vines so my roses can breathe.
I don't think I'll plant moonflower vines on these obelisks next year!
|There really is an obelisk under all those vines!|
I'm joining Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday - Flaunt Your Flowers.