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grits74571
Talihina, OK

July 27, 2012
10:06 AM

Post #9220464

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
grits74571
Talihina, OK

July 27, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9220543

Pix of the last blooms

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2012
1:57 PM

Post #9220689

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

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 27, 2012
4:35 PM

Post #9220816

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...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9220855

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.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

July 28, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9221304

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
grits74571
Talihina, OK

July 28, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #9221310

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

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9221522

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

July 29, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9222711

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

BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2012
9:17 PM

Post #9225592

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

BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9228421

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 !

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
2:05 PM

Post #9228493

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

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 3, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9228612

The moon came up butter gold last nite where I was in Newcomersville, Ohio- it was beautiful
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 3, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9228817

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

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 4, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9229408

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 4, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9229714

I never noticed when they had more blooms, now I wish I had...
C
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 7, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9232730

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

BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9261044

Well its the time of the blue moon.

What is or is not blooming ????
grits74571
Talihina, OK

August 31, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9261092

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

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9261116

Mine are blooming also.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9261375

Mine are amazing too !
grits74571
Talihina, OK

September 1, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9261885

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..

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 1, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9261901

scratch n sniff picture please.

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 1, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9261914

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

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #9261974

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

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9262185

Just beautiful !
Is that one plant ?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9262254

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.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9262373

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
grits74571
Talihina, OK

September 3, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9263194

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

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 3, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9263907

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.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

September 3, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9264006

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

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 4, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9264322

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.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

September 5, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #9266280

Okay here are the pix of my Sweet Autumn Clematis

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9266528

That is beautiful, Grits.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 6, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #9267049

Gorgeous, Joe! Cute dog too :)
grits74571
Talihina, OK

September 6, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9267235

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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