Friday, August 03, 2007

Night flowers.


I think I may have posted a photo last year of my 'Moon Flowers'. I couldn't find it, so if I did, then I apologize for repeating this years photo.

I have no idea what the real name is for these flowers. They look like a giant morning glory, only white, and they only open in the evening. They remain open all night long, close in the morning, and then curl up and fall off within a day or two. But when they are open, they are beautiful. They are especially pretty when a lot of them open on the same evening. This picture shows three of them open when I took it, but as the night went on, more opened. I missed them.....I only knew that they did when the next morning I saw about eight of them closed and curling. That's probably the most that I have ever had open at the same time.....and I missed it!

The seed pod on this baby is WICKED. It reminds me of the size and shape of a chestnut inside it's protective covering, but the spikes on this seed pod even frighten the grown men in our family! If you enlarge the photo and scroll down, you can get a peek at the seed pods hiding under the leaves.

4 comments:

Shawny Sun said...

Wow they are beautiful! I have not ever seen such a flower. And, I don't remember you posting this picture. Even if you did previously post it, I'm glad to see it now. So, they are night owls huh. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! Hugs

JD's Rose said...

xxx

Lori said...

We call them Angel Trumpet Vines. I had a bunch of them at our old house and they quickly became out of control! It's neat to know there are some flowers that are night owls, just like some people.

Connie said...

How fun!! I bought that flower as a gift for someone once but I never got to actually see it grow.

Hope you are doing well.
Take care,
Connie