A friend from work was out walking one day and spotted a landscaping company thinning some moon flowers so she stopped to ask if she could have the shoots they were throwing away! They said yes, so she grabbed a handful and came back to work, wrapped them in wet paper towels and stuck them in a bag. She happened to stop me in the hall to ask if I wanted some. Sure I told her!
I brought home these 2 little shoots, that were kind of puny by the end of the day. Not knowing a thing about them or how they would grow, or how much room they would need, I stuck them in the ground. I was afraid they would die if I waited any longer! So I put them in the ground between the basil and the carrots. They grew and grew and grew. As they got bigger I wondered if I had made a mistake in my choice of placement! I googled them and found that they prefer to be trellised as they will grow very tall!
Well crap, perhaps I should have googled before planting? At any rate, I didn't trellis so my plant is more like a bush. But that's ok! They are called moon flowers because they bloom at dusk and through the night. And they smell fantastic!
For the longest time I didn't have any flower blooms, but a couple weeks ago, I spotted 2 small buds. Over the last couple weeks, they got bigger and bigger, about 6 inches long. I kept going outside checking the buds at least once a night, sometimes twice because I didn't want to miss the bloom! This weekend was the right time and they opened up into these beautiful flowers!
I had been taking pictures almost everyday to catch the progression of the bloom, but then my memory card ate the pictures.... So this is all I got!
I am so ridiculously proud of these 2 blooms! A little over protective the last couple days! But last night I noticed that there are at least a dozen more buds forming!!
This bloom has a little cricket in there!