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!

Flowers Everywhere

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.

White Hollyhocks

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!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have grown moonflowers on a fence once time and never realized that they were supposedly poisonous. We had dogs at the time and they were fine. Both flowers you featured are pretty in totally different ways.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

I am glad you liked the flowers Peggy.


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OldRoses 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

Hollyhocks are one of my favorite flowers but I always lose them to ruse. Love your white ones!


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Some of our hollyhocks got eaten by bugs over the summer but now that fall is here, they are making a comeback.


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Nancy Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I love both moonflowers and hollyhocks. When I was a kid, my step-father's mom had moonflowers twining up her wooden fence. They were so beautiful, and every evening I'd go out to stand and watch them open. I thought it was a fascinating thing to see them open, because I never got to see any of the daytime flowers open. I enjoyed your Hub, and didn't know these plants were poisonous until I read it here. Thanks for sharing.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thank you for dropping by Nancy. Yes it is beautiful to see them as evening falls.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I like your easy-to-read writing style and the information on these two flowers. Very good pictures, too.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

MsDora thank you for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed the flowers.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are both lovely flowers. I enjoyed learning about them. Thanks for sharing the photos and the information.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Alicia, thank so much for dropping by.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

poetryman, I , like MsDora, enjoy your easy writing style with its little surprise spurts of vitriol and creeping humour (if you don't mind me using your own metaphor). I wonder, is the Moonflower related to what we on Vancouver Island called 'bind weed'? It seems to have a similar white trumpet flour and heart shaped leaves... bindweed is the bane of gardeners in my community-- it spreads in many ways and likes to choke anything it can climb up (such as berry bushes and rhododendrons. But the flower is very beautiful. Hollihocks I love-- and our drought this summer, like yours, prevented them from blooming until the rains came. I'm hoping for better luck next summer.

Voted up, interesting + funny, pinned and shared! ~Cynthia


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thank you very much for dropping by Cynthia. It is a delight to read your comments.

Near as I can tell, what you call bindweed we call morning glories. A beautiful flower that can be a troublesome weed.


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anglnwu 2 years ago

Love your pictures , the hollyhocks look lovey. Where I'm from moonflowers are also called morning glory, for obvious reasons. They bloom best in the morning, so glorious. Thanks for sharing.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by anglnwu!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

What beautiful flowers you have! I think I have not seen those in real life. Well done! Thanks for sharing.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thelma I am glad that you enjoyed the flowers!


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Brite-Ideas 23 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Although I love flowers, I'm not an expert on them and visiting here today I learned that Moonflowers are poisonous - glad I stopped by!


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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

Hello Brite-Ideas. Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked the flowers!


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Brite-Ideas 23 months ago from Toronto, Canada

no problem, I know which ones to watch out for now, lol


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Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I love these Moon flowers. I saw in a yard not too far from mine Hollyhocks, but I never saw Moon flowers. I am going to look for them this spring.

Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Rachel, rumor has it that spring is coming so enjoy!


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justmesuzanne 22 months ago from Texas

We had moonflowers when I was a child, but I have never been able to get them to grow since.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Suzanne, maybe it's the area you live in. Here in the North Dallas area they seem to grow like weeds.


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justmesuzanne 22 months ago from Texas

I actually do live in the DFW area! When I was a child, moon flowers were already planted at the house we lived in and they came back year after year with no care at all. Since then, I've never been able to grow them again.


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thougtforce 22 months ago from Sweden

I like white flowers in the garden and these two are both beautiful. I had Hollyhocks in my former garden but for some reason I forgot to plant some in my present garden. Thanks for reminding me of them!


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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by ThoughtForce. The stalks for Hollyhocks can be a little gangly but the blooms are lovely


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Lovely photos of these deceptively beautiful flowers. You seem to have luck with these blooms in your yard. We have had a drought here so things have died back quite a bit.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Peg, I live a little north of you so we share the drought. One thing I did was to water everything else less and water the flowers more. So some other plants just flat out died. There's that and then there is the fact that we have to water our foundation or it may crack.


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Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

I love Hollyhocks; I got some started last year that is supposed to bloom this year. They are still green even in the cold we have had. Hope they live!


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poetryman6969 21 months ago Author

Jackie I am impressed that your hollyhocks are doing well in the cold. For us here in the Dallas area it has been cool rather than cold as it has been in the east. My hollyhock plants were taller at one point but as soon as winter got a little more serious they lost some height. Maybe they died back or something. In any case, I still see some broad green leaves and the promise of spring.


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lollyj lm 20 months ago from Washington KS

I love moonflowers and hollyhocks but we can't seem to get them started here. Enjoyed this hub and your beautiful photos.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Laurel. Glad you enjoyed the flowers. Maybe you will have some luck with them this year. Have a blessed day!


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

I never realized that moonflowers were poisonous--and they are so beautiful too!!


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jhamann 19 months ago from Reno NV

Thank you for the flowers this morning. I needed them. Jamie


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Audrey and Jaime. Glad you enjoyed the flowers.

Have a blessed day.


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Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago

I love the flowers, especially the Hollyhocks. My grandmother grew several rows in the garden and I would walk between the rows and admire them.

wonderful hub, voted up, UABI and shared.

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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

I used to grow these when I lived in Georgia, but not here in Florida. Probably just too hot for them.

Your flowers are just beautiful. Voted this UP and shared.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Shyron, if you have any photos of those rows and rows of hollyhocks, please share. I would love to see them! Thanks for the vote. Have a blessed day.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Thanks for the vote and the kind words Mary. I must say I am astonished that they don't flourish in Florida. When I lived there it seemed that everything grew. Even gators!

Be blessed.


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Lynn Savitsky 19 months ago from New Jersey

These are beautiful. I wish I had a house so I could plant some of these, my apartment's too small for such huge flowers.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Lynn I will be moving to California soon where I don't think they will let me plant anything due to the water restrictions.


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Sylvestermouse 19 months ago from United States

These are really beautiful flowers! My mother brought me some moonflowers last year, but sadly, did didn't bloom for me the way the did for her. I am suspicious of my soil. Probably too much clay.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Sylvestermouse Texas, where I am living at the moment can have a lot of clay in the soil. For us all it took was sufficient water to get the flowers to produce.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

Moonflowers are bigger than I thought they would be. All very pretty.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Au fait. I tend to like large flowers and these fill the bill.

Have blessed day!


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Lee Hansen 19 months ago from Vermont

I've not had much success with moonflowers the past few years but I do love to have them near the porch or patio to enjoy on cloudy days and in the evening. The moths seem to like them - but I had no idea they're poisonous. Best not plant those until my grandkids are a bit older and less likely to taste. Bravo on the hollyhock survival skills!


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Hello Lee. I agree that having these big beautiful flowers around is a delight.

Be blessed!


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favored 19 months ago from USA

When I saw your article it reminded me of a former neighbor who grew moonflowers. They were fabulous and adorned her front entrance. She gave me some seeds, but mine never looked like hers. Thank you for reminding me of these lovely flowers.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Fay Favored. I think I may have had my last season with the big flowers since in California it will be too dry to plant them.

Have a blessed day.


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Patsybell 18 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I adore big white moon flowers You've inspired me to look for white hollyhocks. Up, UFI, pin, tweet.


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poetryman6969 18 months ago Author

Patsy we tried to grow as many colors of hollyhocks as we could. So far we only got white, pink and red to grow.

Thanks for the thumbs up.

Be blessed!

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