Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Patience Flower


Every summer I try to grow moonflowers, Ipomoea alba. I plant numerous seeds (hard as rocks they are) soaked in wet paper towels for days and nicked ever so slightly. A few germinate in my little pots and because they do not like the transplanting process even fewer survive when I move them to a warm sunny area.  Being the tropical exotics that they are, they like it hot and it isn't until August that I begin to see any real growth in the vine.  Finally on August 8, I saw this bloom at the far side of my deck as I was heading back into the house at the end of the day.  This one bloom makes the whole deck smell like a lovely perfume store or an evening in Bali.  The blossoms last only one night, do not bloom until after I head indoors as they are waiting for the sun to set, and the plant itself will start to suffer with the cool nights of September.  But every year I am rewarded for my patience with these few precious weeks of beauty and fragrance.

13 comments:

slommler said...

Wow! What a beautiful flower! And the fragrance sounds enchanting!!
Enjoy!
Hugs
SueAnn

Peruby said...

I managed two plants this year. They survived, somehow. I did something (God only knows what!) to the bunch I had on the side of my house.

One Woman's Journey said...

I have two very small plants that someone gave me. Planted in front of my home. Will see what happens.
I would be so pleased if they survive. Your image is a beauty.

Dave King said...

Fascinating. A whole new meaning to a one night stand!

deb said...

gorgeous bloom.
I 'm trying to imagine the scent... I'll take your word.

Leah J. Utas said...

They certainly sound lovely and worth the effort.

Granny Annie said...

I am far too impatient for Patience Flower:)

Celia said...

You really committed to these posies. Like Granny Annie I am too impatient for this and neglectful in the garden too. What a wonderful prize for your devotion to them.

Brian Miller said...

patience does pay off..that fragrance sounds amazing...glad you noticed it...smiles.

walk2write said...

Lovely! I tried to grow some this year for the first time, and something chomped on the tender, young vines before they got a fair start. Next year, I'm starting them in pots.

Bossy Betty said...

Wish I had smell-o-vision on my computer. I'll bet it is heavenly!

Pauline said...

there is grace in patience, yes?

Deborah Carr said...

Some of the sweetest, most beautiful things in nature are those that are short-lived (consider that sunset). Luna moths are another.