moonflowers

Talihina, OK

frostweed and I have been exchanging notes about the bloom cycle of the moonflowers(Datura wrighti) it is MHO that the bloom cycle is tied to the phases of the moon..When the moon was dark and waning there were no blooms or buds as the moon began to wax the Datura began to form new buds and reached it's peak blooming on the evening of the 25th and now is not blooming at all.. and all of the blooms seemed to be facing east..What do Y'all think about this and further do you think the street lights would have any effect..The pix I have of this are on another computer so will send some soon

Talihina, OK

Pix of the last blooms

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Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

That is really interesting! Putting my thinking cap on....

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

You don't think it's like roses that bloom in cycles and the moonflowers just happens to coincide with the moon? I am seeing a ton of moonflowers this year thru the Ohio Valley- and these have blooms on them the last few evenings...

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Here are my neighbor's moonflowers on the morning of 7/25. I have no idea what the lunar phase was doing, but I know that there have been times of a few blooms and other times they were covered with blooms.

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Talihina, OK

7/25 was a waxing gibious which means between half and full and that is just what It said on weatherunderground .com..i was kinda hoping it would coincide with the full moon but at least for this month that ain't happening

Talihina, OK

Guess now I will have to start counting the blooms on the Four O'clocks see if there is any diference there ..LOL

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

My plant is starting to make some buds, but they still are very small.

Dallas, TX

I had this plant once it was so exciting to see the blooms began to unfurl.

Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

last niye 7/30 and tonite 7/31
we are having full moon ...

Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

Grits your theory fascinates me

Are they blooming now ?

We are having a blue moon this
month- two in one monrh- very
beginning of august and very end !

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I had one bloom last night, and three more coming on for tonight.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

The moon came up butter gold last nite where I was in Newcomersville, Ohio- it was beautiful

Talihina, OK

Two of my moonflowers are loaded with buds ,but I can say for sure they will likely long before the next full moon stay tuned++film at the new moon just a hunch LOL

Beverly Pflugerville, TX(Zone 8b)

Just talked to a man last night who has a large bed of moon flowers. He gave me and my walking partner some seeds. He says that if he waters his thoroughly they will have 75-80 blooms in about 3 or 4 days.

Arlington, TX

I never noticed when they had more blooms, now I wish I had...
C

Talihina, OK

The moon phase is waning Gibous so in other words the last quarter and I have 14 blooms open on the two plants total I just don't see any connection there now need to try and figure why they bloom at night bet it has to do with one of the Sphinx moths

Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

Well its the time of the blue moon.

What is or is not blooming ????

Talihina, OK

my moonflowers are in full bloom and look to be even better tomorrow night..

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Mine are blooming also.

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

Mine are amazing too !

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Talihina, OK

So maybe it has to do with the Bluemoon ...Anyway they cannot hold a candle to the Sweet Autumn Clematis for fragance mine is ALMOST at peak so will send a pic tomorrow or the day after..

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

scratch n sniff picture please.

Beverly Pflugerville, TX(Zone 8b)

I have some moonflower seeds. When do I want to put them in the ground?

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Here are my neighbor's moonflowers a few mornings ago.

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Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

Just beautiful !
Is that one plant ?

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I doubt it. I don't remember how many they planted when they did the bed last year, but my neighbor told me this morning that they're growing out the back of the bed and when it cools off, she's going to thin them out. She's also going to pull out the cannas that are in there.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Looks like a deep cold chill followed by heat and neglect after sowing, germination in approx 14 days, blooms from April to Nov in Texas, looks best sown in late March

Talihina, OK

I found two volunteers in one of my front yard beds it was cleaned and cut down to bare earth in April so they had to have come up sometimes this summer as I mowed it down again in june ..They are growing so fast I think they will bloom soon ,looks like they are doubling in size every 3 or 4 days

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

I left Ashdown, Ar this morning and noticed the cow pastures that have been grazed to death and bare are covered in locoweed and blooms. More than any year before I have noticed them.

Talihina, OK

Interesting Kit I don't live all that far from Ashdown like here I would imagine the blooms are all bitterweeds

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

I couldn't get a pic, I haven't noticed them before, but that area has them blooming- usually I might only see them on the interstates out westward, bitterweed hmmm, these are definitely overgrazed areas and not bull nettles. No, weren't sneezeweeds, white big blooms trumpets, and not those hibiscus stinkweeds usually found along the barditches of the Arkansas Delta lands. Rice is in harvest there tho.

Talihina, OK

Okay here are the pix of my Sweet Autumn Clematis

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Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

That is beautiful, Grits.

Fulshear, TX(Zone 9b)

Gorgeous, Joe! Cute dog too :)

Talihina, OK

The dog is Pudge as good a bird dog as I have ever had the pleasure to hunt with ALAs she is getting too old to do much serious hunting which is fine her hunting partner is also getting too old..

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