As a teenager, I once planted a Morning Glory at the base of a light pole by the walkway at my parents’ house. I carefully trained it up the pole and enjoyed the heart shaped leaves and trumpet blossoms all summer.
There’s something about Morning Glories that make them especially special, in my opinion. I like everything about them. So does Sarah in Illinois. She’s sharing a surprise Morning Glory that she’s been enjoying this year.
Every year in the spring when seed displays start popping up in every store, I always buy several packets. I buy all brands and all price ranges. When I see the displays that advertise 4 for $1 or even 10 for $1 I stock up knowing that the germination rate of these bargain packets is not very high.
Last year I remember buying a packet of Morning Glory seeds. I planted them along the outside of the chicken’s run. I had two small vines that climbed up the outside of the run and I was able to enjoy the beautiful blooms every morning.
This spring I recognized the leaf shape sprouting out of the same spot. I was so excited that they had reseeded themselves over the winter.
I started training the vines every morning to climb up the outside of the run. Then of course the chickens became curious of this green treat that was within their reach so I had to create a barrier between them.
My persistence paid off.
Every morning I have 10-20 new blooms on this beautiful vine. And the chickens can enjoy a little shade!
Did you have any surprise plants pop up this year? Do you have any favorite climbing vines? Can you pass the seed displays without buying when they show up in the spring?
What a treat, Sarah. I love it when plants pop up unexpectedly. Although this year we have a surprise plant that’s turned into a major vine and has become quite an obstacle. I’m not sure even chickens could keep it under control. I think I may have to talk about it next week!
If you want more morning glories another year, you can save the seed in the fall. Just enough that you don’t need to buy more seed.
I have a friend that saves seeds from her garden every year and I have been tempted to start this practice. I may start with the Morning Glories. Thank you for the suggestion!
I love growing pumpkins and squash plants and a couple of years ago I spotted an unplanned emergence in one of my veg beds. It was obviously a squash or pumpkins – the leaves were unmistakably pumpkin/squash shaped – but unfortunately never quite made it to fruiting and so to this day I have no clue as to what it was exactly ….. :O
Many times I have surprise pumpkin vines growing up in our burn pile. We usually throw our Jack o lanterns in the pile when they started rotting on the porch. Sometimes the vines get really big but we usually end up burning the pile before they produce any pumpkins! 😂
Those morning glories are just beautiful!! They almost look like they are lit from within. What a lovely surprise!