Ode To The Morning Glory :The Miracle Of The Morning Glories

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This summer I let a little swatch of lawn at the edge of the backyard get a bit out of control. Well, okay, way out of control. But now I am glad I did. The weeds offer a barrier, a sort of natural privacy fence. I'm a sort of lover of weeds, if you may. I love flowers that grow in the wild like Queen Anne's lace and goldenrod.

So I was delighted when bunches of colorful ones sprang up on my neglected lawn. They were morning glories and I was amazed at the colors and varigations, so I took photos, wrote a bit of prose and did some research on the common morning glory.

Ode To The Morning Glory

I can always count on your pretty face to grace the day's beginning.

Your soul unfurls wide open,

No secrets to hide,

To embrace each morning, no matter how misty.

As the sun climbs high you seem to disappear

All shriveled, faded and spent.

But you're still there.

The cool darkness nourishes your soul with dew

You rest

And I see you again the next morning.

White tinged with pale pink

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White tinged with dark purple

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Powder blue

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Bright orange with yellow throat

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Royal purple with dark purple

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Facts About The Common Morning Glory

  • Morning glories bloom in the early morning and then fade and curl up a few hours later.
  • Cultivars have been developed and seeds are available to grow them in gardens.
  • In the Australian bushland, morning glories grow dense with thick roots and are seriously invasive.
  • Some species of morning glories were used in ancient China for medicinal purposes.
  • Mesoamerican civilizations used one species of morning glory along with other plants to produce rubber.
  • Aztec priests used the morning glory's hallucinogenic properties.
  • One species is used as a vegetable in culinary dishes in East and Southeast Asia.
  • The Japanese were the first to develop cultivars for morning glories.
  • One species known as moon flower blooms at dusk instead of the morning.

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ArtDiva 15 months ago from Yountville, CA

Hi, Rebecca! I also have a love of the wild flowers growing in my yard, the morning glory among the wild poppies both in my front and back yard—the sort of "English Garden" as it were. Didn't know there were so many varieties other than the white, and no need for a "green thumb" for them to grow.


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Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Rebecca, this was beautiful. I have two purple morning glories in my container garden--sometimes I. And outside of my apartment, there's a lot of pink and purple morning glories growing all season long.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, ArtDiva. I'll bet your wild poppies are beautiful.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Kristen!


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

Morning Glories really are beautiful flowers. I love it when flowers just show up unexpected. We have a large area of California Poppies that just showed up on the wind last year and then came back this year....very cool! Love the ode, Rebecca!


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

I'm going to have to look up California poppies. That's two times they've been mentioned. Thanks, Bill.


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ArtDiva 15 months ago from Yountville, CA

Once the poppies plant themselves, the roots are deep. For years I would buy seed packets and throw them out into the "back 40" with no results. They sort of just "come up on the wind" as Bill wrote. Don't seem to need anything more than the morning dew to survive.


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Gorgeous colours, Rebecca, and beautiful Ode. Exquisite poetry!


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

They sound awesome. Thanks for the info.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, mamatita44!


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whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

Very nice work and tribute to the Morning Glory my friend. whonu


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! Good to see you whonunuwho


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

Beautiful --both the pictures and the verse!


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey!


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poetryman6969 15 months ago

Love the beautiful flowers. I don't think I have ever seen the orange morning glories.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks. It was the first I had seen orange ones, too. They are smaller than the others, but definitely morning glories.


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

Great tribute to this beautiful flower.


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

I love the morning glory! Mine were not as thick this year so I will have to add seeds next spring and I have moon glories too! Those haven't bloomed yet for me but I see the plant so I guess they are in the shade and will be late.

Great photos! I love those with the glow inside.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

My mother had the moon glories. I loved them. Thanks, Jackie!


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UnnamedHarald 15 months ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We had morning glories when I was just a kid, climbing around posts and on trellises. They were pretty but I thought the coolest thing (as a kid) was that their seeds or seed pods looked like tiny hand grenades.


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suzettenaples 15 months ago from Taos, NM

What beautiful photos of your morning glories. They are gorgeous flowers. Beautiful poem about them also. I love the various colors!


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ThelmaC 15 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

I have always loved morning glories. Enjoyed the beautiful pics and your hub is fantastic! Didn't know about the moon glories. I enjoy following you, my fellow north Georgia girl.


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Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

The Morning Glory gives us so much joy and beauty...as this lovely hub and photos illustrate so well.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Ha Ha .You were all boy, weren't you? Thanks!


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, suz! I really enjoying doing both.


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, neighbor!


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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Genna. They sure do. I was so glad when these just popped up out of nowhere.


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Truly lovely Ode here, Rebecca! I have always loved the Morning Glory. Growing up we had the purple ones and white ones in our yard under pine trees. I remember as a child being so fascinated at how they would wake up and then go to sleep each day.

Your photos are beautiful. I never thought of them as a weed, but if they are, what beautiful weeds! Those are the kind of weeds I will keep.

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rebeccamealey 15 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Faith! They are pretty. I can just picture the purple and white ones underneath the pines. Lovely!


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Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Becca, I didn't know that Morning Glories could grow in the wild like that. The pictures are beautiful, especially the white ones with the purple streaks in them. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.


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Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai

Beautiful ode and awesome images, enjoyed reading.


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BlossomSB 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

I loved Morning Glory when I was a kid and it grew all over the top of my mother's fernery, but I had no idea there were so many different colours. A very interesting article.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

I used to have morning glories and I miss them. Your photos are beautiful as well as your prose. Enjoyed. Thank you.


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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

These flowers are invasive in certain parts of this country, too, but they truly are beautiful. Your grassy field must be populated with birds as a result of letting it go, which is not a bad thing.


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teaches12345 15 months ago

The delicate pink on white is my favorite photo of this flower. Your poem is lovely and reminds me how much this simple flower can brighten your day.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Rebecca, nice poem and interesting info about morning glories. We have them growing wild in our garden, though I know they are considered a pest here in Australia and can become invasive. Great photos too.


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

At our last home prior to the one we are living in now and before I planted shrubs against the back fence, I planted morning glory vines. They were spectacular! Your ode to the morning glory reminded me just how beautiful they are. Enjoyed your photos!


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ocfireflies 15 months ago from North Carolina

Rebecca,

Just stunning hub all around. Beautiful photos, beautiful poetry and interesting info. I am wondering if perhaps I have one of the ones that open at dusk. Funny how such beauty could ever be considered a pest.

Thanks so much for starting my morning with such glory.

Smiles,

Kim


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Beautiful in its simplicity just like the lovely MG...I have a fence full right now and never tire of them

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Angels and hugs and blessings are on the way this morning Rebecca ps


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Thelma Alberts 14 months ago from Germany

Wow! They are very beautiful. I have only the blue one. Thanks for sharing.


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FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

How beautiful! I have never seen the orangey ones!


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Anita lesic 14 months ago from Zagreb

Hi Rebecca, wonderful ode and great pictures :)


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DDE 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful photos! An interesting insight to life here.


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rebeccamealey 14 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, DDE. They are quite simple.


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

Wonderful, beautiful and how I wish we were coming into summer and not going out! lol! I love that blue! how glorious!


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rebeccamealey 13 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Nell. We are going out of summer, too, but my morning glories have survived a light frost.


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MartieCoetser 12 months ago from South Africa

I love Morning Glories, but don't have any in my garden as they are too invasive. I may consider planting some in a specific spot, which I tend to neglect. The Morning Glory will surely come to my rescue. Thanks for the idea, Rebecca :)


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RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

You've convinced me to rethink this old fashioned beauty! Yes, I'll still have to keep fighting it in some areas, but dedicating a space to them seems quite appropriate now. Next spring… :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful hub and lovely pictures!

Nice poem and interesting information and I enjoyed going through. I love the morning glories and only Mother Nature can create such lovely colours.

Thank you and have a great day and a Happy 2016!


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swalia 10 months ago

Lovely poem with beautiful pictures!


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rebeccamealey 10 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thank, swalia!


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AudreyHowitt 9 months ago from California

So very pretty--the verse and the pictures!


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

Beautiful flowers, and I loved the poem too, its lovely to see the flowers coming back out over here too, my favourite are sweet peas, we always have them all over my balcony, have a great weekend, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

Aren't they beautiful? I did come back for another look, so lovely, I am still waiting for my sweet peas to bloom!

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