Heavenly Blue Morning Glories

Heavenly blue morning glory in late afternoon light.  I had to seed these in order to get them to grow.  The morning glories look awful this year which is why there aren’t many pics of them up.  Although they were all planted in mushroom compost based potting mix, I don’t think that was the problem.  My theory is too many hot days above 90F (this year more than broke the all time record) which resulted in lack of watering.  Keeping up with the watering regime was brutal this year and I think that caused the MGs to thin out very early.  They even looked bad at the end of August which is when they should be in their prime.  The only way to fix this is to install drip irrigation.  This has to be installed next spring because watering this garden is too much by the end of summer.  I already gave up this year and am waiting for the first frost to kill everything and be done with it.

Update on tomatoes: I’m sick of watering and let the main roof go.  I think there are red tomatoes up there because squirrels have been throwing them off the roof onto the sidewalk below.  Not so interested in harvesting anymore.  Maybe I’ll get a bucket full of red habs and see if I can fill the dehydrator one last time this year.

NW corner veranda

Status update of northwest corner veranda.  Morning glories have topped the pergolas and this is about as dense as they get.  The morning glories are waning.  I haven’t seen a Heavenly Blue or Moonflower so it looks like the purple and pinks took over and won.  The morning glories seem much thinner than previous years.

Note to future Mark:  veranda level container mix needs to be turned and planted with more variety next Spring and then weeded properly.  It might be a good idea to introduce mushroom compost as well to aid in water retention and provide better nutrition.  I think veranda level boxes drained and dried out too quickly this year.  This seems counter intuitive since I didn’t turn or touch the container mix in the veranda main boxes.  Perhaps there also might have been lack of proper nutrients provided in both alley and veranda level main planters.  No added slow release ferts were added in Spring and MG soluble fertilization was added infrequently.   Need to come up with a proper proportion of compost/cubic foot.  A 10% ratio would mean 3 cubic feet of compost to cover two veranda level main boxes.

The purples, which I consider the weed of the MG family, is all I got this year.  They look nice in certain light but can’t compare to Heavenly Blues which are absent.

Alley vines

Here’s a quick pic of the morning glory vines in the alley that connect with the veranda level morning glories.  In past years I seeded the alley planters with vines other than morning glories — like moonflowers.  This year I just let them grow on their own so we’ll see if any moonflowers made it.

Note to future Mark: Alley container#4 needs to be rebuilt before 2012 growing season.  Potting mix on all alley containers last changed spring 2009 (I think).

Purple Morning Glory

Purple and pink morning glories are usually the first to bloom.  The Heavenly Blues bloom later but are more rare and have problems competing.  Most years I seed Heavenly Blues to give them some help to even out the odds.  This year I did nothing so we’ll see if any Heavenly Blues make it.