In Kentucky I had several moonflowers and I loved having them, though they definitely kept us from walking around barefooted near them. Their seed balls turn into something similar to a giant grass burr. In the spring, there was a man selling potted moonflowers at the Farmers’ Market. I bought two but knowing they’re poisonous, I put them in pots til we had the fencing situation figured out. I’ll have to plant the moonflowers outside the fence so Oscar doesn’t nibble on them but for now, since he’s always on a leash, they’re still in the back yard.
I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to bloom and the first bloom has been getting closer and closer to opening. Last night I showed it to Vince and said “Let’s come out later tonight and look at it.”
When we went out with both dogs late last night, I thought . . it almost smells like a mosquito truck has been by and sprayed but I doubted there was one that came out here. Vince said “It smells a bit like lemon out here.” Neither of us thought about the moonflower.
This morning we were both out with the dogs before daylight and it smelled like a lemony fresh perfume. I told Vince “It smells good out here!” He said “It smells like perfume but where would that be coming from.” Still neither of us thought about the moonflower blossom.
About 10 a.m., I went out with Oscar and saw the wilted bloom. Dang it . . we missed our first moonflower blossom.
It can be a bit invasive but I don’t mind things that grow from seeds. I can pull those as they come up. I dislike the plants that spread by runners or roots. I can never control those. I’ll keep the pots where they are for now but as the seed balls begin to look dry, I’ll either cut them off and save them or move the pots to where I want to have seeds and stir up the dirt so the seeds can get buried easily and sprout next year.
There’s probably close to 100 more buds on this little plant so hopefully I’ll get to see some of the flowers.