RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS? I don’t think so. Here, the sun is shining, the drought is over, and the first morning glory has unfurled its celestial saucer. Does this old-fashioned Ipomoea violacea ‘Heavenly Blue’ dwell in your garden, too?
I like to start my Ipomoeas from seeds, which are first soaked overnight in order to soften their rock-hard coats. Planted out in late May the vine is slow to move. But by July it explodes, sending forth long stems that twist and twine (with no assistance from me) around the wire fence that frames my Herb Garden. By August that fence becomes a solid, and very lavish, wall of blue.
Because the creamy-eyed disks close tightly when touched by afternoon heat, flower arrangers rarely consider morning glories for cut flowers. But snipped in the early morning, and placed in a shallow bowl of cool water, the blossoms remain open all day. I can assure that Heavenly Blue, when floated in a low crystal bowl, and with lit, floating set among the blossoms, makes a gorgeous and unusual centerpiece for the dining table.
In the garden, never fertilize heavenly blue or you’ll have all forest and no sky. Full sun and deep, weekly watering are the vine’s only requests.
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