A green space for urban gardeners

Flowers can bring tidings of comfort, and joy

Morning glory's fleeting flowers last just a few hours, but sunrise brings a new crop.

Morning glory's fleeting flowers last just hours, but sunrise brings a new crop.

I should probably wait until we get to know one another better before I start going on about how gardens are a meditation on Life, and yes, I mean life with a capital “L” (smile). Still, it’s pretty difficult not to see concepts small and large — like growth, reinvention, death and rebirth — rooted in even the most modest of gardens.

Perhaps this accounts for why flowers, given at such joyous occasions as birthdays and anniversaries, are also what we reach for when grasping at a way to offer solace during times of loss and great sorrow.

One garden flower that brings home the fleeting nature of life, its beauty and its promise of renewal (dare I call it a metaphor?) is Morning Glory. As the moniker suggests, it blooms in the morning; vibrant, glorious. By evening those blossoms die, but new ones awaken with the sun.

I place Morning Glory around the outer edge of my balcony and it grows quickly, reaching out to grab hold of the iron railings and the webbing of net lights as it climbs upward. By mid-summer the plants form something reminiscent of a walled garden, covered with leafy green foliage and ethereal blue blossoms. Come to think of it, the variety I plant is called “heavenly blue.” Enough said.


  Robin wrote @

So True!
I expect a bumper crop of return volunteers from the morning glory vines that I grew on a fence last summer. It was next to impossible to pull them down without scattering seed everywhere!

  Robin wrote @

NIce Blog Page, I can learn lessons from your site!

  Lynne Jordan wrote @

Well said. I have never planted Morning glory before. another one to add to the future potted garden – if chicago weather relents…

  misto07 wrote @

I planted various kinds of morning glories last year. The trouble with morning glories is that I plant flowers to photograph as still life images and the morning glories don’t
stay open too long.

Have you tried planting the moon flower? It’s part of the morning glory family. They open in the evening and they smell SO GOOD.

If you wish to see some of my flower still life images go to:

  Avis Weathersbee wrote @

I actually grow moonflower, too. [See post titled: “One garden, four delights: color, fragrance, texture and taste”] My morning glory lasts till past midday… what zone are you?

  misto07 wrote @

Anyway, I’m in zone 5. Unless it is cloudy, the morning glories are pretty well gone by noon. If I pick them, they wither pretty fast. Last fall a lady at church gave us some egg salad to take home after a dinner. Before I returned the dish to her, I photographed the bowl with some morning glories in it. I also, gave her a 5×7 image of the result. I went ahead and posted that image on my blog today. If you wish to see it and the brief story about it go to or if you just wish to see the image with a poem go to

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: