The morning glories are blooming! The vines are much bigger than I was expecting — I thought they’d get choked out by the weeds, since they’re at the back of the vegetable garden. I guess once they started climbing the fence, they were in the clear. I’ve noticed a few blooming here and there, and today there are maybe ten flowers, but there are a ton of buds ready to go in the next week. One of the things I love about morning glories is how they always look lit up from within, even on a cloudy day (but I liked the way the sun backlit this one!).
I’d forgotten that I planted a striped variety — I was thinking they’d be the plain blue ones. This shot shows the true color and pattern better than that first photo. See all the buds behind the flower? Those get long, pointy, and spiraled, and then one morning they open up.
Some are blue with white stripes and some are white with just a speckling of indigo.
I suppose there is technically a (shriveled up) flower in this, but mainly I was amused by the pumpkin growing up with the tomatoes. I’m always amazed how squash vines can be seemingly dead at the base (there’s almost no sign of the original plant among the weeds) but the arms will still be growing and putting out leaves and setting fruit. We don’t have many weeks left until the first frost, but the one little sugar pumpkin that started growing a while ago is nearly ready to pick.
The sunflowers are hanging their heads now, and the seeds are really plumping up. I’d like to harvest the seeds this year, but I don’t want cut off the heads TOO soon — and I don’t want the birds to get the seeds before I do. I know the little flowers are supposed to drop off, which took a long time last year, but can I put a bag over them at this point? It would be fun to eat homegrown sunflower seeds, but I definitely also want to save a bunch for planting next year. I’ve seen tall mammoth sunflowers before, but never any as robust as these — the base of the stem is about as big around as my arm!
The hydrangea tree up by the house is turning pink now. The blooms start off white and then get ratty and flea-bitten looking like this.
Until they eventually turn completely rosy. This is only the second season for the tree (in our yard), and it definitely grew and filled out a lot this summer. It’s a dwarf variety, but it still could get to be ten feet tall — imagine how amazing that would look all covered in blossoms!