Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nyctanthous ...

"N" is for Nyctanthous ...

Nyctanthous - adj.  In botany, of flowers, opening only at the approach of twilight or in the night, or, of plants, having flowers which so open.

There is nothing more relaxing than a peaceful stroll through a luminous, fragrant garden.  For many of us by the time we arrive home from work and tend to chores there is little daylight remaining to enjoy our gardens.  I have always dreamed of having a twilight garden.  They are designed to be at their best at dusk, when natural light is fading.  Wouldn't it be romantic to have flowers that open at night?

My twilight garden would consist of Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba)


Four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)


Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria)


This is a wonderful book to have on Twilight Gardens ...


So as I dream of a moonlit paradise you have my letter "N" for Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.  Please stop by to see what other words students have submitted.

22 comments:

Riet said...

Such a lovely post. I learn every day here in the WWW

EG Wow said...

I really like the idea of a twilight garden. Hmmm. Looks like it would be a fairly easy thing to create since all three of the plants you mentioned are annuals. Keep us posted on how your garden turns out!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'd love a twilight garden, or any garden at all actually!

beautiful blog...

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

That twilight garden book looks awesome. This time of year, that is the only time I would see my garden (If I had one!).

Rhonda Langley said...

We grew 4 o'clocks growing up-lovely flowers but they really take over.

Eric and Karen said...

My mom has moonflowers in her gardens that are a beautiful shade of yellow. She has given me several but they never seem to survive over the winter. We have spent many evenings just sitting and watching them open, although sometimes the pesky mosquitoes get the best of us. Maybe I have pulled them up thinking they were dandelions as their leaves are very similar.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These are stunning!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh how wonderful to have a twilight garden-I came almost smell it now.

Teresa said...

That would be wonderful! I love the dusty miller, and I think moonflowers would be beautiful as well.

anitamombanita said...

what a fun idea for us night owls!

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Mary said...

I planted some Moonflower from seed several years ago~ so fun to watch unfurl :)

janaki nagaraj said...

Beautiful.

Tina´s PicStory said...

beautiful N-shots :) thanks for stopping by!

Ames said...

Lovely. I have moon flowers and there is an Elderberry bush/tree with beautiful white blooms in my back yard. They grew there naturally. When the moon is out I get a show.~Ames

bluegrassnotes said...

Lovely.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Such beautiful blooms! We had moonflowers along our fence that I loved. I had also planted morning glories amongst them, so they alternated with their open blooms...the morning glories in the day and the moonflowers as the sun set...

Blessings & Aloha!
Happy to be visiting through Ms. Jenny's Alphabe-thursday :o)

Pondside said...

A garden that sparkles by moonlight, or that sends out its perfume in darkness - what a lovely treat to give yourself.

Cheryl said...
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Cheryl said...

A twilight garden...how romantic. I would to see one.

MiamiKel said...

Just gorgeous - I can sense the cool air breezing through, rustling the leaves and the aroma that would drift by for us to enjoy! Splendid photos!

Jenny said...

I am absolutely in love with this idea...

Great post for the letter "N"!

Thanks for linking.

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