Next year I vow to catch all the seeds I can and figure out how to catch something from the Moonflowers. The Moonflowers are new to me, and were a surprise in my gardens. Before opening or budding out they look like a ladies pleated skirt, all twisted tight. It's a beautiful floral to me and interesting to watch. I am however, not crazy for the foliage.
The foliage in my gardens are as important to me as the flowers. One of those moonflower plants is taller than me now and standing straight up like a giant. It's amazing.
Well - so - anyhow, next year I will gather envelopes and bags of seeds. But if these items come to head this year before winter takes them I will gather the seed pods on the Giant fragrant Moonflower, and on the Lemon Balm and many others I have which are still blooming.
I have tons of tick seed with their pretty yellow type daisy flowers, but have been tossing the seeds to ground as I go since they are so common.
Here is one picture of my coral hibiscus's in bloom.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
This year my courtyard was completed, the brick, huge mountain rocks and stepping stone walkways were laid. The soils saturated with pine needles, mulch and red cedar. A beautiful fountain installed, benches, and a swing with a tiki roof placed. And, all my statuary Buddhas were placed. And to top it off Hubby brought me zillions of plants and seeds home. A Eden garden like I dreamed of since days with my Grandma - thank you my Hubby and my two hands.
There are the luscious Texas and Snow Star that bloomed almost right away. These are delightful to our eyes. The bougainvillea vine bloomed and crawled slowly up the trellis. Zillions of Zinnias, a focal spreading palm, giant elephant ears, heather, coral hibiscus, fragrant dog roses, mints, sages and on and on!!!
Here is an older picture from the deck before it all filled in. It's 50 feet by 24 feet, which is a nice size. Now it's lush and thick - a fragrant jungle garden with wonderful seating areas and walkways all surrounded by a privacy fence and a deck that leads to my door.
We had planted these seeds and didn't know what they would do. It ends up they grew and bloomed huge white flowers, which bloomed only at night and the smell is fragrantly wild. They are white Moonflowers!
Although Winter will be here soon, the courtyard is still blooming like crazy and I am a happy woman.