[gardeners] Morning Glories and frost

Liz Albrook (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 14:13:34 +0000

We had our first real frost here yesterday.  Cheska the WonderBeagle 
ran out, did her business and came right back in.  Big Boy and Momma 
Cat just looked out the door, saw the frost and crawled back into bed 
with me.  At least this is what my NGP who is up early told me, I was 
asleep at the time.

Surprise, surprise, we lost only 1 tomato plant, a couple of peppers 
and no eggplants.  It looks like it takes a pretty hard frost to take 
out these plants if they don't get hit by the sun while the frost is 
still on them.  Has anyone else noticed this?  The 3 plants I lost 
were located so they get very early morning sun.

I planted morning glories along the west of the house this spring.  I 
planted the Scarlett O'Hara variety (which is supposed to be red but 
is really an intense, med-dark pink) and the standard sky blues.  
They have really lived up to the glory part of their name.  The SO'Hs 
are a good deal smaller than the standard blue flowers, but the vines 
grew more quickly and bloomed earlier.  For the first couple of 
months the only flowers we saw were pink and for the last couple of 
months the blues have taken off.  Now almost all we see are blue 
blossoms.  Since they are on the west side of the house, out of the 
sun until noon, they tend to stay open a bit longer and now that it's 
cool they are open most of the day.  Don't know if that's a daylength 
effect or a result of temperature.

When I lived in the south I didn't dare plant morning glories because 
they were so bad about reseeding.  Here in dry Idaho I've watch for a 
few years as people have grown the vines without having the vines 
reseed everywhere so I took the chance.  Even if I have morning 
glories everywhere next year I can say it will be worth it for the 
show we've gotten this year.

Did you guys have anything that unexpectedly knocked your socks off 
this year?  Tell us about it!