Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Morning Glory
These flowers serve as the welcome mat to one of our county beaches, and if I didn't know any better I'd say they were morning glories.
Of course, I don't know any better, therefore I have to guess. It's just that I've never seen morning glories growing in the sand. They're always out in our field or climbing along the marsh grasses on the shoreline.
Since Details-R-Not CBW and CBW Doesn't Have Time to Confirm, she's going to go with the guess of morning glories and adds, "If these aren't morning glories, they're close enough."
FYI - The name of my autobiography will be Close Enough: The Life of an Almost-Underachiever.
Whether these are images of morning glories or toaster ovens, I'd like to talk briefly about morning glories, which do grow wild around here. Somewhere.
My BFF Wikipedia says this about them:
The flower usually opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. On a cloudy day, the flower may last until night. The flowers usually start to fade a couple of hours before the petals start showing visible curling.
Because of their fast growth, twining habit, attractive flowers, and tolerance for poor, dry soils, some morning glories are excellent vines for creating summer shade on building walls when trellised, thus keeping the building cooler and reducing heating and cooling costs.
The morning glory represents "love in vain" for whatever outside circumstances according to the Victorian "Language of Flowers", which attributed various properties and sentiments to flowers so that people could communicate their feelings by what flowers were given as gifts, such as those by a suitor to their loved one.
The seeds can produce a similar effect to LSD when taken in the hundreds.
Moral of the Story: If a suitor hands you a bouquet of morning glories, start chewin' on the seeds.
p.s. I do believe the top two are a "beachified" version of morning glory, but that last one is some gorgeous flower that grows down among the cattails in the swampy area of my shoreline.
Regardless of what they're technically called, they're technically beautiful.
Have you seen morning glories? If not, is there a similar sort of flower growing wild that you like?