Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Big excitement—for me, that is
All you jaded master gardeners out there probably grow this with the greatest of ease—or scorn it—but I have always wanted a moonflower (ipomoea alba). It is a scented vine, which combines my favorite plant structure with my favorite plant attribute. After a failed attempt to grow these from seeds passed along to me by my sister-in-law (chalk up yet another seed starting failure), I got a plant from Select Seeds and it is finally blooming. It should flourish through September, I'd think.
I see that this is related to morning glory, which implies that is likely invasive or at least overly aggressive in some areas, but that won't be a problem here. And it's poisonous. Poisonous and invasive—why do so many of the plants I really like fall into both those categories?