Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In Praise of the Resourceful Morning Glory

Morning glories are some of my favorite volunteers, climbing up the side of the house to peek in at my coral cupboard and spreading their vines everywhere. 

They are descended from seeds I planted long ago and sometimes I have to be ruthless if I don't want them overwhelming everything else in a deep blue and green tide.

But in many places, they are welcome invaders.


Bold adventurer!
Spreading your blue parasols
Step by stealthy step...
 Black-eyed Susans shine
Bright yellow-rayed suns circling
A single blue star.
 
 Clematis bloom past,
Now morning glory arrives,
Blue trumpets blaring.
 Stars of old Japan,
Morning glories shine serene
Captured for all time.
 


Click on the images of the prints to learn more about them.
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21 comments:

Callie said...

As a child I was always fascinated by the morning glory flowers opening in the morning and closing at night.

Martin H. said...

Some great photographs here, Vicki. And, "Black-eyed Susans shine Bright yellow-rayed suns circling A single blue star," is perfection.

Subby said...

Same colour as ours; beautiful! And our Tiger lillies do the same opening thing( which I did not know. )

evalinn said...

So cute! :-)

Pat in east TN said...

Beautiful pictures, especially the one with the dew/rain on it. Wow!

Alan Burnett said...

What beautiful colours and what beautiful photographs. A pleasure to look at.

Brian Miller said...

oh i love those japanese pics...we had a patch of morning glory by the bus stop and they added so much to our waking up on school days...very pretty.

Elora said...

Exquisite! Old-fashioned doesn't get any better than Morning Glories!

Could you tell us a little about the Japanese "plates?" (illustration?)

Elora

willow said...

Beautiful. My grandmother adored morning glories. I really should plant some at the manor in her memory.

(I wandered about yesterday, wondering which cabinet interior to paint)

Deanna said...

I need to plant morning glories! I'd forgotten how beautiful they are. Loved both the words and photos.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of book -- Walt Whitman

NCmountainwoman said...

I love morning glories. My grandmother had them and used to take me out to look at them at different times of day. This lovely post brings back some fond memories.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the kind words, folks!

I've added links so if you click on the Japanese prints, you can see where they came from. Did you notice that the leaves are shaped differently?

Willow - I think this particular color would be a striking background for a display of Blue Willow -- ot any blue and white china.

Reader Wil said...

Morning glory is a beautiful flower. I like the blue one best.

Merisi said...

Beautiful and fascinating!
Love the way the morning glory sneaks up the stairs, and those prints too.

Pamela said...

Pretty cute names for these flowers: I just remembered their name in Spanish, at least at home they are called: "suspiros" which means "sighs"

jennyfreckles said...

Gorgeous colour - I like plants that go adventuring, like this one. The Japanese prints are pretty too. It might be fun to take one of your photos and give it some Photoshop treatment to mimic the prints. (Though I guess you're busy enough, doing all those other creative projects like painting coral cupboards and writing stories. Sigh.... I wish I was half as talented!)

Vicki Lane said...

Pamela -- Sighs -- how sweet! I wonder if it's because their bloom is so fleeting...

Jennyfreckles -- that would be fun but alas! I don't have Photoshop. Maybe someday...

Liza said...

"Bold adventurer!
Spreading your blue parasols
Step by stealthy step..."

So much breath in those words! I love them.

Suz said...

wild and free
does it get any better
..oh yeah...and beautiful

Tipper said...

I've had morning glorys on my mind all summer. Somehow they remind me of walking to catch the bus-they must have grown along the path.