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Morning glories ate my gazebo--pic heavy

Posted by eks6426 5b (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 25, 06 at 13:41

My husband and I installed our granite patio last spring. It was all planned around a metal gazebo I bought years ago. I planted 6 morning glories and 4 moon flowers around Memorial Day and this is what I got...they ate my gazebo. Well, not literally, it's still in there....somewhere...

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That is really cool! You must do some trimming to keep it looking so nice. Last year my vines crushed my arbor so this year it only got one vine.


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Awesome! You have a beautiful home and garden, and the gazebo looks terrific! I'm totally envious.

Here in Seattle we have the aggressive perennial bindweed which is a real nuisance, but the fancy-flowering annual types really struggle here with our lack of summer heat. They do okay, but not great. I'm envious.

Thanks for sharing the pics. I really enjoyed them.
Take care,
Grant


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Oh snap! That's so cool! I can't get over how large those leaves are on the top of the gazebo! I've never seen any that big. Are they from the moonflower?
Amanda 'romando'


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Absolutely gorgeous. The patio is spectacular and I love the way the morning glory has been trained to the shape of the top of the gazebo. Good job!


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Wow!! that looks just wonderful!
I was shocked when the 4 plants I planted ate my lamp post,
and made a 2 foot high hedge! But that is really something!

Haziemoon


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Beautiful...restful...so healthful looking..it makes a really nice shady place to sit....it must be really sturdy to hold so much plant life.
Lillian


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eks - That is just absolutely beautiful - isn't it amazing how fast the morning glories can cover the gazebo. My husband built an arbor over the entrance to our woodland garden this spring and was immediately covered with morning glory and moonflower. Below is a picture with the morning glories in full bloom. The moonflower has only had a few blooms so far. Don't know if it got gobbled up by the morning glories. Do yours manage to hold their own against each other?? This was my first year to combine the two....

Lynne

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Eks,
That is really awesome, I bet is beautiful in bloom!

Lynne,
Love the blue flowers, the bunnies kept mine sheared
off so my MG looks pretty raggedy :-/
Mary z 5b KS


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Those are gorgeous pictures.I especially love the zinnias,they're one of my favorite flowers. We have our morning glories covering our back fence,so we don't have to see the canyon behind our house.DH cuts them back to the ground every winter,and in spring they cover that 6' fence in no time at all.
Kathi


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Beautiful, just beautiful! :)

May I ask what you used underneath the granite scraps? Sand? Limestone screening?

I also have access to granite scraps and you're pics have provided lots of inspiration... now if I could just figure out what you used as a base :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Krystine's Garden Blog


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  • Posted by mora 6b (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 26, 06 at 17:47

Ohhhhhh! Big time morning glory envy here....my tallest vine is only two feet high, (hold off frost) M


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Krystine,
Beautiful gardens,can you tell me what the heart shaped plant is in the last picture,behind the hostas??TIA
Kathi


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Lynne--I keep hoping the morning glories will flower and look something like yours. Your arbor is beautiful.

Krystine--Under the granite is just plain sand. We dug down about 6 inches. Made a frame using wood or metal edging (for the curves), put down landscape fabric then filled with about 4-5 inches of sand. Rented a tamper and watered well then leveled and did it again. We laid the granite then swept sand in the cracks. It seems very solid. We do periodically need to sweep in more sand...just a shovel or 2 does the whole patio.


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Kathi,

I believe that's Lily of the Valley, but I'm not 100% sure which pic you're referring to...

Thanks Eks6426 :) Your patio is beautiful... I can certainly appreciate all the work that went into it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Lily of the Valley, bottom right


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Does the granite have a finish on it? Is is slippery? I have some granite and am thinking of putting it finished-side down with a thin epoxy coat to bring out the color. Any suggestions?


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Eks - I see it has been a few years since this was posted,so you may not even have your gazebo up any longer, but I wanted to tell you that the huge leaves & lack of flowers on your morning glory mean the soil is too rich or you are over-fertilizing. They like (for lack of a better word)bad soil - if it's too rich the plant just keeps growing & wont' stop to bloom. Just thought you'd like to know.


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Eks, your granite patio is sheer genius. Beautiful- you must have had fun laying it out and creating the pattern. I'd lov to see more. Your gazebo is out of a magazine. I love to grow morning glories, but I have never seen leaves that big before! Thanks.
Renee


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