While shopping at a local nursery this past spring, I decided to satisfy my urge to start seeds despite my northeast facing apartment with meager late winter sun. As you can see, my perseverance paid off with this stunning purple Morning Glory that catches the sunlight better than a stained glass window. I started a packet each of Morning Glory and Moonflower seeds to grow on the railing of my apartment balcony. The idea was to have the Morning Glory color during the day and Moonflowers to grace the evening hours. While the Moonflower vines are quite profuse in growth, they are not living up to their promising name of nighttime flora. The Morning Glory is shorter in growth but most definitely has a better show.
The photo above is from very early April. The four cells to the left are the Moonflower vines (with bigger leaves) and the four cells to the right are the Morning Glory plants(leggy seedling with small leaves). Once they grew larger, and the outside temperatures rose above frost danger, they were moved to the balcony to flourish. Hopefully by the end of the summer the moonflowers will produce the show they are supposed to! Stay tuned for that event.
Moral of the story: patience pays off in horticulture!
Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.