Thursday, August 4, 2011

Glorious Glories

morning glory fence
Our Grandpa Otts morning glories have begun their summer dance upon our picket fence. Remember back in May when I spoke lovingly of  their care-free ways? There is something so utterly wild and romantic about a tumble of purple glories climbing and cascading over an old fence. For me, these deep violet blossoms will forever hold a memory of a tiny little boy who came into the world when they were in full bloom. I was pregnant with my son when I planted my first morning glory seeds along the fence of our matchbox sized yard in California. Our very first family photo ever taken was beneath the morning glories (it was a tall fence!) The first few days of motherhood are so intoxicating, terrifying, and awesome... I remember looking at the blossoms, so huge next to his fragile little body, and thinking that the entire universe had just shifted.
morning glories
Every once in a while, when I see my tall son run by this overgrown glorious fence, I remember that young mother who looked at the world anew. If only I could send her a love note back in time... I'd tell her to hold him tight while she could, because children reach, stretch and grow faster than even the wildest of vines.
glorious glories
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14 comments:

  1. I'm just swooning over here! This is so timely. We planted morning glory seeds this spring and just yesterday Edie came running to me so excited because she saw one bloom. Love these photos! The violet against the green against that cute fence ~ ack!

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  2. Your morning glories are beautiful, Maya, but your words brought tears to my eyes... My first baby boy is starting college in a couple of weeks, and my heart is breaking a little bit. I also wish I'd had that "love note" back then from the older mother I am now. I swear he was my chubby-cheeked toddler only about 10 minutes ago. It's bittersweet.

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  3. moving post - gorgeous flowers! love the color, i think i've never seen anything alike here in italy :O

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  4. The Colors are so bright - I don't think we have them in Germany... or Europe. Very beautiful :-)

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  5. There are different varieties of morning glory with other shades of blue, but this one has a distinct and radiant glow when it opens in the early morning light. I would think it would be able to grow in some regions of both Germany and Italy?

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  6. They're beautiful! Another to add to the list of things I'd like to put into to my ever burgeoning garden! :)

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  7. Beautifully written...helps me to remember better days...

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  8. Agh! Every time I hear the words morning glory I tense up. Up here (BC, Canada) we have a white morning glory (I think it's also called bindweed!) and if you have it in your garden you are FOREVER doomed! It's actually illegal to plant it! It's impossible to get rid of and it chokes out everything!
    Your photos are beautiful though, it looks like you have put tiny lights inside the trumpets, they are glowing! Ooh! Wouldn't that be fun to make from paper and twinkle lights?!?! ;o)

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  9. I've always loved morning glories even though I grew up being told that they were a weed. What a gorgeous weed! I want to climb right through my computer screen and into those photos!

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  10. Hello Maya,
    today I found your blog and I want to say thank you for this lovely posts and beautyful pictures which are full of love. I got a lot of inspiration and I'll come back soon ;o)
    Greetings from Germany
    Frl. Wildenstein

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  11. This is so timely. We planted morning glory seeds this spring and just yesterday Edie came running to me so excited because she saw one bloom .

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  12. Beautiful thoughts behind beautiful photos, Maya.

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  13. I loved reading your beautiful thoughts on being a new mother!! They do grow up so quickly!!

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