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Friday Flowers: Morning Glories

Posted Oct 22 2008 6:13pm

Becka was trying to describe some flowers she had seen in the neighbourhood recently and told me I had to take pictures of them for my Friday Flowers post. I couldn't envision the blue flowers she was talking about and eventually walked her route until I came across this extravagant display of Morning Glories growing over a wood fence. A number of bloggers have mentioned or pictured Morning Glories recently including Nina, Cathy and Kate. They are at their peak in the fall but will be done soon when we get a heavy frost. (We are overdue for our first frost!)

A Morning Glory bloom lasts only one day, but the vines are covered with buds ensuring a fresh display every day. I have never planted them but this is another flower I must try next year in my garden, perhaps on the trellis where my climbing roses are failing badly. We have plenty of fence space in our back yard and the flowers may attract hummingbirds.

Morning Glories and Sweet Potatoes are from the same genus, Ipomoea of the family Convolvulaceae, and their blooms are very similar. Bindweed, which is a locally common wildflower, also belongs to the same plant family. The picture of the Sweet Potato flower above is from Wikipedia.

Thinking of Sweet Potatoes made me hungry so I sliced some into sticks and made baked potato fries for supper. I will post the easy recipe in Come Home For Supper.

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