Moonflowers...I LOVE them!

Friday, September 5, 2008


I love gardening...besides spending time with my men-folks (husband, sons, grandson) and my girls (daughters-in-law), it's my most favorite thing to do. Gardening is pure therapy for me...and much cheaper...unless I've been to the Lowe's Garden Center!
Have you ever seen a moonflower? Well they are wonderful and I grow them from seed every year! They grown on a beautiful vine and the foliage is heart-shaped. The flowers are spectacular, about 6" across, lightly scented, and they are white with a "star" in the center. They begin to bloom at dusk...when the day is winding down.

One of my favorite authors, Jan Karon wrote a wonderful book entitled The Trellis and the Seed, a book of encouragement for all ages. It is all about waiting for a moonflower to bloom, it is delightful.
I just wanted to share some gardening joy today. I'm sorta like those moonflowers in that I am not a morning person (or a morning glory)! I begin to wind up when the day is winding down myself. Maybe that's why I love these flowers so much. There's nothing sweeter that sitting in my back porch swing and enjoying the moonflowers blooming. Did you know there's even a night-time hummingbird? Oh yes there is...I'll save that for another post!
Georgia Jan
Isaiah 58:11...your soul will be like a well-watered garden...

7 Responses:

GratefulinGA said...

Beautiful! Try as I might, gardening I can not do. Not that I don't give it a try every year...If the color motif is brown, I'm your girl.

I so appreciate those who can. And that blue hydrangea on your side bar, from your garden?

Who needs clip art when you've got that!

Good night Moonflower Girl!

Holly said...

I have wondered about that book--have to get it now. I am a night flower, too. We can be the nightingales :)

I canno wait to read about the night hummingbirds. I love hummingbirds, esp. the ruby throated ones.

How's that grandbaby doing? Praying over him this moment.

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Hello Miss Mama Moonflower:) There we go, a good nickname:)

You are such in touch with nature:) How sweet:)
You'd love my momma's garden:)
I'll have to send some pics:)
Hope you are well:)

Have a great day:)

Ang

Georgia Jan said...

Gratefulinga - YES! The hydrangea is from my garden, the variety is Nikko Blue. So southern, isn't it?

Holly..let's be "nightinGALS" together...:)

I'm going to research the nighttime hummingbird and find that for you. It may actuall be a moth, but it flutters and flies and since you can't see it that well...the joy is the same.

Zeke is doing do well, I am absolutely smitten. I'm going to post a recent picture soon. Yolanda, from Higher Grounds said it is just pure sugar to be a grandma, she is so right.

Ang - I would love to see garden pictures from your mama. I love my new nickname.

And I love y'all. Back to studying, I took a little break. I'm leading the revised version of "A Woman's Heart" and it is wonderful.

GA JAN

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Mama Moonflower:)
I replied to you on the blog:)
I hope you are having a great day:)

;)
ang

katiegfromtennessee said...

These flowers are beautiful:) Thankyou for coming to my blog and "saying" such encouraging words. It has been a hard time for me this year, but it has been such a time of spiritual growth too! So, I know I am right where God wants me. I just want to "do this thing" right as Beth would say:)

katiegfromtennessee

twinkle said...

Hi Jan!
Love the moonflower!
I have a blue morning glory that takes my breath away it is so beautiful. I can just imagine how pretty this moonflower is.
I've not seen a night hummingbird but we do see whippoorwills right before the sun rises. Ugly critters but they do sing pretty.
Blessings to you and your family!

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