Grandpa Otts morning glory

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Cadie sowed a variety of morning glories in early June. So far Grandpa Otts in the only one blooming. Seed courtesy Renee’s Garden.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

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3 Comments… add one

Grateful Student January 3, 2010, 5:24 pm

Thanks Kathy! I was growing morning glories for my project and this information helped me to find the fastest growing morning glory! Also, thanks to Cadie!

Margaret August 25, 2008, 5:12 pm

Someone wrote to me today on my Forum to say that this is a terrible invasive pest, and I was shocked. So I start reading about it and guess what? It’s true (or at least so various people say over and over). So watch out…I guess nothing’s safe, not even heirloom morning glories.

Kathy Purdy August 25, 2008, 8:50 pm

Margaret, I saw that thread and was surprised myself. I told Cadie, our resident morning-glory grower, that some people thought Grandpa Otts was invasive, and her face lit up. “It’s the fastest growing morning-glory out there, and for a long time it was the only one blooming.” Cadie sowed several varieties of morning-glory, but she didn’t put seed in the ground until all danger of frost was past (June 3), and it takes them a while to start blooming. Furthermore, the chickens seem to like eating Grandpa Otts. They nip the tender terminal shoots from their side of the chicken yard fence. You didn’t provide a link to your source of information, but I suspect that this morning-glory is more of a problem in areas with a longer growing season. Still, we are forewarned and will keep our eyes out for trouble next spring.

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