Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What a Sweet Surprise



My Morning Glories have taken over an old fence gate that rests against the side of my house.  In fact, they have also taken over the birdbath in this picture.  




While looking through the vines I found some Tennessee Spinning Gourds that had volunteered themselves this season.  I grew a batch a few years ago and not in this location.  I am sure I have the birds to thank for this.  



An heirloom seed from the 1800's, it is a treasure to have them growing around the farmette.  These small gourds were used as spinning tops for children.  

You can see them in action right here.  

You can find them for sale at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  
They have the best free catalog.....ever.  



43 comments:

  1. Wow....that morning glory and all the blossoms is something to behold. Such wonderful beauty and nothing can beat the color purple. Thanks for sharing. The gourds look grand too. And this is voluntary? Lucky you.

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  2. Good morning, your morning glories are pretty. And I like the cute gourd, I remember having a spinning top. Enjoy your day!

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  3. Your morning glories are beautiful! Love the gourds too!

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  4. Spinning gourds! I've learned something new today! That is a fun surprise!

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  5. Your Morning Glories are beautiful indeed.

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  6. Lovely. My morning glories did not do well at all this year. Yours look great. And the little gourds are so cute.

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  7. Your morning glories are gorgeous, and what a nice surprise the gourds are. xo Laura

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  8. Your gourd looks beautiful, and I will admit the morning glories are beautiful too...although in principle I hate morning glory because a variation of it is a terrible weed in our garden. Oh well, I will be content to admire it from afar. :)

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    1. Bethany, I have encountered that variation before and as a weed, it can be terrible!

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  9. My morning glories are in full swing too now. I know they're "weeds" but I like them. Love volunteers too :-).

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  10. Morning glories are such a troublesome weed in our garden that it is hard for me to see much beauty in them, kind of like a thistle.
    When I had steers, they absolutely loved to eat them and I could pull up wheelbarrow loads as we are so infested with them.

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    1. We have trouble with the weed variety and of course, the thistle. Beautiful in their own rights, but they can be an issue.

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  11. Very Nice....and I buy all my seeds from Baker Creek. I would love to go to one of their festivals.

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  12. The morning glories are doing exceedingly well!

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  13. These gourds remind me of my dad...he grew gourds in his garden every year...all shapes and sizes. And those morning glories are just breathtaking! Gorgeous colors!

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  14. Two nice surprises. Love the morning glories, and the gourds too!

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  15. Love the name...."Morning Glories". A weed to some and a delight to others.

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    1. I planted these, but have encountered the weed variety before. They are troublesome!

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  16. Healthy looking blooms on the Morning Glories.

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  17. Thanks for the heirloom note... makes sense. Back them, everything had multiple uses. Play with it. Eat it.

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  18. Indeed they do look like spinning tops. Love the Morning Glory

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  19. Great post! That link to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is awesome. I didn't even know there was a National Heirloom Exposition. Learning from your blog ... Thank you for sharing! Have a great week ahead!

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  20. Nature reclaiming nature! Beautiful shot.

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  21. Your morning glory vines add some quaintness to that corner of your house.

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  22. Love your morning glory! And gourds, well gourds are just always a happy thing, too. :)
    We're finding lots of volunteer apple trees this summer, amazing where they pop up!

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  23. Love your Morning Glory and the nice surprise growing alongside! Thanks for the link to get the seeds!

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  24. The hedge bindweed next to your house is really gorgeous, Michelle!
    We've a similiar one in the same color in the garden of my parents!
    Regards from Germany, Uwe.

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  25. Morning glories have always been a favorite of mine. These are so pretty! And the gourds....so many things that you can do with these things.

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  26. I just love when morning glories seem to do exactly what they want.

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  27. Beautiful flowers, morning glories flowers always reminds me of walking to school as a small child as they were everywhere then don't them much now.
    Merle....................

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  28. I use Baker heirloom too. I have morning glories all through my garden, but have no idea where they came from.

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  29. I love morning glories...these sure make a pretty picture.

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  30. I didn't grow any gourds this year...I love that these gourds were made into tops...very fun for the grandkids!

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  31. Pretty morning glory and what a neat surprise to find the volunteer gourds growing.

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  32. I am fascinated by the variety of these gourds: yours is very nice!

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  33. I love Morning Glories and gourds...my husband...not so much. That seed company looks terrific!

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  34. The morning glories make a very beautiful decoration for the outside of you house.

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