Thursday, 4 September 2014

New every morning*

A huge success, but only after many unsuccessful sowings
of Morning Glory.

These were only just rescued from a pot in the nick of time
and planted near a pillar by the front door.
Some hasty strings were tied to the pillar
and they obliged by twisting their way up with all speed.

They are the first thing to greet me as I open the door in the morning.
They have run out of string but continue to climb and scramble
over the porch roof.

I remember a Biology teacher, Miss Smith,
who used to grow Ipomea Heavenly Blue
in a small lean-to greenhouse at school.
She longed for us to show an interest in these beautiful flowers.
I fear our response was lukewarm.
My apology for this Philistinism is far too late.

Lamentations 3: 23


  1. As a former Miss Smith and retired teacher, I forgive you on her behalf. Better late than never.

    And your granddaughter is indeed beautiful! Now you, like me, will be permanently besotted. Ah, the joy!

  2. I used to grow those, the colour is so intense isnt it?

  3. I am another former Miss Smith and only finished half my teacher training due to meeting a handsome man in uniform.................
    Morning Glories can be so fickle. I had little success until my son was around 3 years old and then that year they bloomed every morning inside a sunny porch and he loved to open the door and count them.

  4. I have only ever grown these once successfully in a container. ~This year the slugs had them as soon as they were planted in the ground.

  5. They radiate color in such a happy way.

  6. Your beautiful little granddaughter and beautiful blooms both give a special lilt to every morning.

    Best wishes to you and yours. xo

  7. Gorgeous !
    Weren't Elizabeth Taylor's eyes supposed to be this colour ?

  8. My neighbour gave me two such seedlings. The slugs persevered when I did not.......