I plant morning glory every year. Always in the same spot, always the same variety - Heavenly Blue. I forget about it after I plant it, it is slow to start in spring and its foliage gets lost in the jumble when the mid-summer growth takes over the flower beds.

Come August, its growth accelerates enthusiastically, especially if summer rains have been plentiful, and it swallows up its supports, clambering eagerly to the highest point it can find, and only there it starts to bloom.

In my case the highest point is a pine bough that hangs just above the trellis, within reach of the springy vines. The image of this pine covered in huge blue flowers is so surreal that I wouldn't dream of missing it by not planting my beloved in this spot, although this year I also started it in the back yard.

Because of the vine's name people think that morning glory flowers only open during the first hours of the day, which isn't true. When the sky is overcast they stay open all day long, the plant just doesn't like the crude sun rays burning its delicate corollas.

Morning glory is not like other garden favorites that take their time to develop their buds into blossoms and build your anticipation over days, sometimes weeks. You just walk in your garden one bright morning to find its corner covered by a veil of huge flowers, all open at the same time to dazzle you in sparkling jewel hues.

This summer it happened today. It started blooming and will continue to do so, with abandon, until the first frost. The plant is very sensitive to cold; when you sow the seeds in spring make sure they don't sprout until after the date of the last frost in your area, because the plant will not recover from being exposed to it.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: allyeargarden.com and theweeklygardener.com, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.