As you may remember, I started both Morning Glory and Moonflower vines from seed this year to grow along the railing of my balcony. An earlier post titled “Night and Day” captured the beautiful deep purple Morning Glory blooms as well as my remorse for the lack of action from the Moonflowers.
As the Morning Glory blooms began to fade with the cooler fall weather, the Moonflowers were brought to life by the full moon and this amazing flower burst into full bloom. As the name suggests, the Moonflower blooms at night. Each flower is about 8″ in diameter and the hue is delicate white. They have an intoxicating rich fragrance that permeates the evening air. This aromatic spectacle is short-lived since the flowers last through the night and drop the next morning.
Even though the planter was large, the limited soil space of a container most likely stunted the growth of the vines over the course of the summer. It is important to keep up with watering if you don’t have an irrigation system. The constant flux of moisture and drought can severely hinder plant growth. Witnessing this one flower definitely made up for months of nursing the seedlings and daily watering all summer long. Gardening takes patience but the rewards can be magical.