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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Morning Glories


Well, there are TONS of websites and books which talk about the meanings of flowers and the symbolic meanings and uses. But seriously, folks :: these are God's flowers! So what is the meaning of the Morning Glory? Why, just like everything in Creation ~ to show the magnificence and wonder of the God of the Universe!


Morning Glories are usually a gorgeous, almost iridescent blue, but they can be other colors as well: red, pink, purple, or white. The plant is a vine and it will grow in virtually any soil. It is hardy, even though the flowers seem so delicate and gentle. It prefers full sun, and it will produce massive amounts of blooms, bright and beautiful in the morning, and pretty much gone by afternoon.


It makes me think of this:

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8


The Old Farmer's Almanac says this about Morning Glories:
Morning glories are annual climbers with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. They have a beautiful shame before they unfold in the Sun and romantic tendrils that lend old-fashioned charm.
In warmer areas, train climbers over a pergola or arch, or use as dense groundcover. The vine grows quickly up to 15 feet in one season, and can self-seed fairly easily, too.
The flowers bloom from early summer to the first frost. Their big, fragrant, colorful flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

One of the varieties is called Heavenly Blue. I love that! I had a huge morning glory vine covering an entire back porch one year, up in Maine. It was amazing. The show of the whole neighborhood, and all I did was plant a few seeds, right into the ground! 


It's too late for me to plant any this year, but one of the things that came out of this particular piece of stitching as that I figured out exactly where and how to plant a whole wall of morning glories for next summer!


I believe morning glories originally come from Central America, but don't quote me on that!
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Be always with Christ
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Trust God in everything!

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1 comment:

  1. I have not grown morning glories in 10 years. So lovely!

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