Moonflowers and Hollyhocks: Perennial dreams of Annual flowers
Flowers in Her Hair
I noticed that moonflowers like to creep. So I tried to imagine what I would want a deadly poisonous flower creeping on. Not on the neighbor's dogs--however much I dislike them. But how about a backyard bush? I don't much like bushes anyway since the flowers on the bushes we have are entirely too small. One bush produced tiny flowers that attracted flies!
It seemed to work out pretty well. The vine creeps where it will. I put on gloves to lay it back on the bush when it creeps off. We have no dogs or children to ingest the poisonous plant. Now if only I could get those mangy rabbits to eat it!
Huge White Blossoms
Although the moonflowers seems to prefer to bloom in night where I guess only bats could pollinate it, on a cloudy day some flowers were coaxed to stay open past their usual bed times.
As much as I would like to assert that the hollies are the end result of a horticultural experiment gone wrong, nothing could be further from the truth. The hollyhocks did no wrong. It was I who planted then up on a hill, in full sun, during a drought. They not only languished there but in their weakened state they were easy prey for ravenous bugs. I gave then extra water to live though the drought restrictions prevents me from giving them much.
And then it rained. A lot. And they blossomed. A lot. Rogue hollies made good!