Gardening

Establishing morning glories in the garden

Morning glories are among the easiest flowers to grow. I’ve grown them in pots and in beds in various gardens for years and years. But try as I might, I’ve never had much success with them in my own garden.

Every year I dutifully started seeds and transplanted seedlings into a flower bed located on the south side of a building. It is a hot and dry location, but morning glories grow fine under those conditions. Mine always seemed to grow OK, but they were nothing to get excited about.

Now, this season, after ┬áseveral years of trying, I think I have managed to get morning glories permanently established in my garden. This year, without any work on my part, morning glories appeared — they finally reseeded themselves.

My old fashioned blue morning glory measures about three inches across.

Because morning glories are annuals, they die back in the fall and grow from seeds each year.

In some gardens they grow like weeds. Actually, in other parts of the country, they have escaped from gardens and have become weeds.

I have a wild species of a closely related morning glory, field bind weed, making a nuisance of itself in my other gardens. That plant has no problem coming up by itself every year.

The biggest drawback to morning glories is: They only flower in the morning. So, if you are not a morning person, you never get to see the flowers.

 

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.