It is Ipomea indica, the perennial morning glory. In warmer, sunnier climates it's a weed. Here, in winter cold and, I sometimes think, summer not greatly warmer UK, it's normally one for the greenhouse or conservatory. A few years back, encouraged by reports of it growing successfully outdoors on a south facing, sunny wall down here in the South West, I gave it a try.
That was back in the days before global warming (sorry, climate change) when we had a run of mild winters that lured a lot of gardeners - myself included - into trying very marginally hardy plants. I've lost so many over the last two winters that I've reined back my ambitions - but it's always nice to see a survivor, especially one that gives me the illusion of living closer to the equator than I do.
It's migrated over the years. It started life in a corner where my south facing house wall joined my neighbour's. One of the hottest spots in the garden. It's now moved to a position 10 ft away (3 metres for those metrically inclined) behind the shelter of a myrtle, Myrtus luma. Easy to do if you root readily from the far flung summer growths that are just as happy to travel horizontally as vertically. Here it's obviously formed a tuberous root that has been protected by the warmth of the wall and the evergreen foliage of the myrtle.
And now it's growing again. One small tendril pushing upwards.
Which leaves me with a problem. I'd earmarked the space for a climbing rose/clematis combination. But, if the morning glory is happy there and can reproduce it's 2006 display from August to October at least one year in two, it can stay. I just want to see this again.
|Ipomea indica on my house wall in 2006|