‘High’ secrets of Morning Glory

Morning glory, botanically known as Ipomoea, is one of my favorite flowers. It’s super easy to grow and doesn’t require too much care – just perfect for lazy gardeners.

dark blue morning glory plant
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You can grow it from seed. For better results, seeds can be nicked and soaked in water for 24 hours before planting.

The most popular varieties of morning glory plants are native to Japan or Mexico and largely grown in North America and Europe.

dark blue morning glory
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If your new morning glory plant hasn’t flowered yet, be patient. Morning glories can take a couple of months, up to 120 days from seed to flower, to burst out in blooms, especially if you planted the vine from seed.

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But this beautiful climbing plant has its secrets.

Eating morning glory flowers is not dangerous, however the seeds can be poisonous, especially in large quantities. Morning glory seeds can get you high because they contain LSA, a chemical similar to LSD.

Typically, eating morning glory seeds is not dangerous, but in large enough quantities, they can cause hallucinations, physical symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea, and overdose.

morning glory
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Have a look at my morning glory gallery – I found dark and light purple, and also pink flowers during my photo walks.

Dog Rose facts and photos

Rosa Canina, commonly known as the dog rose, is a one of the most widespread wild roses in Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia.

This climbing plant grows 3 to 16 feet tall, or sometimes even more as it can scramble higher on taller trees. 

The name dog rose (bot. Rosa Canina) comes from the belief in the 18th century that it was effective in the treatment of rabid dogs. Another reason given is that the term ‘dog’ has a negative meaning, and as many people thought this plant was inferior to garden roses they called it a dog rose. I don’t really agree with this explanation – dog roses are as beautiful and as soft as garden roses.

The dog-rose is a deciduous shrub that has medicinal uses: the petals, rose hips and galls are astringent, diuretic, laxative, ophthalmic and a tonic. The syrup made from rose hips is taken internally for the treatment of colds, influenza, minor infectious diseases, scurvy, diarrhea and gastritis.

The Dog-rose usually grows up to three metres high. It can stretch that little bit taller with some help! Its sharp spines can grip onto a tree for support.

The dog-rose has oval leaves with jagged edges. The leaves have a sweet scent when rubbed. 

Its white or pink flowers open out from June to July and have a light scent which is loved by bees, butterflies and other insects.

Red egg-shaped fruits grow from October to November. These are called ‘hips’. They are a very important food for birds during the winter and also often used for medicinal purposes.

Did you know that dog-rose hips have lots of vitamin C? They are used to make tea and syrup. 

Here are my photos of white and pink dog rose flowers.

Beautiful orange: blooming trumpet flowers

Climbing plants are my favorites and the flowering ones are my favorites among favorites. Trumpet vines are flowering in Tbilisi right now and it makes me happy!

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), also known as Trumpet Creeper, Cow Itch Vine or Hummingbird Vine, is a species of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae. It is native to the eastern US and naturalized in parts of the western US, as well as in Ontario, parts of Europe, and in Latin America. Growing to a height of 33 ft, it is a vigorous,  deciduous  woody  vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden plant and a living fence.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

The beautiful tubular flowers range in color from yellow to orange or red. Blooming occurs throughout the summer and into fall. Following its flowering, the trumpet vines produce attractive bean-like seedpods.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

As its ‘nickname” – Hummingbird vine – shows the Trumpet vine flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds, and many types of birds like to nest in the dense foliage.

Trumpet creeper flowers are irresistible to butterflies as well, and many gardeners grow the vine to attract them.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

The Trumpet vine grows vigorously so gardeners need to keep it under control by pruning otherwise the vines will cover everything and climb and cover trellises, walls, arbors and fences. I wouldn’t actually mind Trumpet vines invading my garden but I would need to have much more space 😄😄

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

Like the daffodil, Trumpet vines symbolize new beginnings.

Here are my photos of lovely bright Trumpet vine flowers. Enjoy!

Tree Textures on a Rainy Day

It was raining for several days in Tbilisi. Usually I prefer to be at home looking out at the rainy city from my window but not in summer! I absolutely adore walking in the rain, jumping in puddles and sometimes, when no one is watching, I even dance.

And of course I love taking photographs while people are trying to find a sheltered place to stay dry 😀

It was raining hard enough for people to look at me as if I was crazy.

I was photographing wet tree textures this time.

More photos of wet tree trunks. Their color and character appear so attractive to me and it’s worth getting soaking wet 😀

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Blooming Spirea

Spirea (or spiraea) comes in several colors but the white flowering shrubs are breathtaking. It typically blooms just before its leaves fully develop.

Spirea are happiest in full sun with good drainage and moisture, but they can also grow in shade.

This easy-growing shrub grows up to six feet tall. 

Coming in a range of sizes, colors, and forms, there are plenty of varieties of this hardy, easy to grow shrubs to choose from. Some of the old-fashioned varieties of spirea such as bridal wreath, with its timeless elegance and delicate cascading branches covered in frothy white blooms, have been around for decades. However, the old-fashioned varieties can take a lot of space and look best when not pruned. New varieties work well in suburban yards where colors and size are important.

I found out that Native Americans had various medicinal uses for local spirea species. They used it for abdominal pain and made it into a tea. They also used it for making brooms and even as an ingredient for cooking. 😍

Spirea can be white or different shades of pink. I didn’t find pink ones but I took lots of photos of white ones. I have posted some of them here.

Have a lovely day 💋💋

Shorena

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