"Following where my camera leads me!"

"Following where my camera leads me!"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Be like the flower...turn your face to the sun." Kahil Gibran

Yesterday we harvested our moonflower seeds. It was fun and it was exciting because all these seeds are from flowers we grew last summer. 

The pods:

Getting the seeds out of the pods:

Here are our seeds! So so so many more than what comes in a packet we buy each spring.

"Every flower of every tomorrow are in the seeds of today.." --Author unknown
And this is what they look like once they have sprouted, grown, vined up a column and BLOOMED. Are you familiar with moonflowers? They bloom after the sun sets and they smell wonderful! Great to plant underneath a window so the sweet smell drifts in on a summer night.
Here you can see how big they get:
The insides look like starfish!

With spring here, my thoughts are surely dreaming of our summer gardens. We like to grow vines like moonflowers and blue/purple morning glories and seem to have wonderful luck with those as well as begonias, four'o clocks, marigolds, geraniums, pansies, petunias, sunflowers, and a few others. Last year we also tried columbine and cosmos. 
I adore yellow cannas and hope to have a huge patch of them someday! Someday I also want camellias and hydrangeas!
What are your favorites?
What do y'all grow?


  1. Love the column on your porch with the flower embracing it. Those are all beautiful flowers that you named. Most of them won't grow here, because it is too hot. We mostly have small desert flowers, though I am trying to grow two rose bushes in my garden beds. xoxo ♡

  2. At our home two houses ago, we had moon flowers. It was wonderful to smell their fragrance in the evening. I have watched youtube videos of them "unfolding." This year we planted two knockout roses, rainbow variety - pink and yellow. Can't wait for some color!