Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tall Morning Glory

Tall Morning Glory
Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott's'

This is a nice Morning Glory. I was happy to see that the NYBG had a sign identifying the cultivar. It’s funny that a lot of people complain that their Morning Glories seed too much but I never seem to get any seedlings from mine and have to plant them every year.

Morning Glory is common name that encompasses 5 different genera and well over 1,000 species. It was first used in China for its medicinal purposes and later exported to Japan around 800 AD. It soon became a treasured ornamental.

Over the years we have grown some interesting types of Morning Glory from seed. It is generally easy to do. The vines like to grow in full sun and not too dry or too wet conditions. The soil doesn’t seem to matter and often times it will grow very well in lean soil.

Now I am off to shovel the snow we got last night. Only about 4 inches of the 10 forecasted fell so the job will be easier. There are a lot of below zero (F) temperatures forecast for the upcoming week. That hasn’t happened here in several years. Maybe I shouldn't have planted those Crepe Myrtles last summer :lol:

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