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I Have a (Garden) Dream

By rositoes
November 19, 2015

For years I have wanted to cover a trellis with morning to midnight blooms. I would plant an assortment of Morning Glories for early-in-the-day blooms in shades of red, blue, and violet. As they close, The flowers of the Alamo Vine would open at noon, showing their pink centers within the white bloom. In the early evening, the saucer-like MoonVine flowers would slowly begin to unfurl in all of their fragrant glory, some white and maybe some of the pinks. I might even add some Cypress Vines for their feathery foliage and little bursts of color!

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Name: Greene
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greene
Nov 18, 2015 6:13 PM CST
Don't have the Alamo Vine seeds for you but yes, I also have dreams of what I will build and grow someday. This year I finally was able to realize one of my dreams. Here is my "mini-pergola planter box" which I built with my own two hands and some power tools. There was wire fence material added to the two ends after this photo was taken. I designed it for vine plants such as cucumbers or small melons with space for lettuces, radish and other faster growing plants while the vines grow to cover the top.
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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Nov 18, 2015 9:27 PM CST
Do all you can to make your dream come true! I've grown morning glories (Heavenly Blue) in a window box and loved them! No luck with moon flowers or cypress vine though Sad

greene, love your mini-pergola planter box Thumbs up
Name: Dinu
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Dinu
Nov 18, 2015 10:07 PM CST
The idea is good, but it can confuse you if you wanted to gather seeds from the trellis as those seed pods may look similar. Am I right? If that is not a problem, then this idea is a really brilliant one.. a combo of colours. I love those heavenly blues.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 18, 2015 11:22 PM CST
The morning glory seed will be an intertwined mess. But Morning glories cross readily and also revert to parents, so if you gather seeds, most will come out pinkish or purpleish.
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Oberon46
Nov 19, 2015 10:39 AM CST
@dinu So good to 'see and hear' from you. Hope all is well. Lots of water I believe. lol

I would love to grow Morning Glories but no luck here much less having them overwinter. I have hope for a hardy clematis I planted last year and even have the arbor in a box ready for assembly. Gave up waiting for DH to build me one and while I had an idea involving painted pvc I found one (the last one) on sale and jumped on it.
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rositoes
Nov 19, 2015 11:11 AM CST
When I lived in Houston I did get the morning glories and moon vines growing together on a pergola and they were lovely. Once I discovered the blooming habits of the Alamo vine, I had moved elsewhere(no pergola), but thought it would be a perfect addition to the vining combo. The mini pergola planter box is great--maybe something even a "hammerthumb" could manage! It wouldn't be too hard to tell the difference between the seed pods of these plants as they are each a little different in size and shape, as are the leaves. I recently acquired an Alamo vine plant. It hasn't bloomed, but the foliage is distinctive. I'll take a picture of it and try to post it in the database in the next couple of days. To PAgirl--you may be lucky the cypress vine didn't sprout! In the warmer climate here, it can be peskily invasive, freely self-seeding and hard to contain. The hummingbirds like it, though, so I take the good with the bad. I enjoyed everyone's comments.
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DavidLMO
Nov 19, 2015 10:05 PM CST
Oberon46 said:
I would love to grow Morning Glories but no luck here much less having them overwinter. .


Start them indoors about Feb or so. One has to be very high zones for them to be other than Annuals - but they cheerily do that and self seed. I ripped mine down about 3 weeks ago and have scores of seedlings about 1 - 2 " tall in the area.

I caught a 120 $ arbor on sale at Lowes for $ 25 - it was a demo and they initially offered it for 75, then 50, then 25. DW was pleased.

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LindaTX8
Nov 20, 2015 12:04 PM CST
I just love deep discounts! There just aren't enough around!
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LindaTX8
Nov 20, 2015 1:39 PM CST
I thought I'd left my own MG obsession behind, but I find I still want to grow Ipomea pandurata. I guess all gardeners have plants they always wanted, but never could grow.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 21, 2015 8:55 AM CST
LindaTX8 said:I thought I'd left my own MG obsession behind, but I find I still want to grow Ipomea pandurata.


Heh. I would give almost anything to find Ipomea jalapa (purga) - John the Conqueror.
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lesasj
Nov 21, 2015 5:21 PM CST
I live in California in the Central Valley. I had originally planed on having red, white, and blue climbing vines growing on my porch to make it cooler. The Blue flowers were the only plants that survived and that was the Moon-flower, which I discovered was very prolific and invasive if not constantly tended. I started with one potted plant and trained it to grow on my fence. Eventually, my entire front yard fence was covered with Moon-flower vines. Yes, the do die down in the winter, but in early spring they suddenly start sending tendrils out and "Boom" all of a sudden they are everywhere.
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DavidLMO
Nov 22, 2015 10:15 AM CST
@lesasj - where are you located? At least what Zone?
Oops - never mind.
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