One of the great things about being a part of God’s Gardeners is learning about new plants. One of our favorites is the Moonflower. You will find it in the corner of the parking lot Island and under the cross at the Sanctuary entrance to the church.
The most special thing about the flower to us is that it blooms at night. If you come to a meeting near dusk, note the flowers are shut up tight! (They are beautiful like this as well.) As the evening approaches, the white bloom slowly opens to about four inches across. It should be fully opened by the time you leave your meeting. When the morning sun comes, the bloom shrivels and falls and is replaced by another one.
The Moonflower is an annual, however, it reseeds itself. If you look now you will notice many spikey seedpods. By spring they will have spread so many seeds that we have to pull plants up and throw them away to make room for one or two mature plants.
Please help yourself to seeds in the fall or small plants in the spring. For those of you who have a deer problem, deer don’t like them. You will need a sunny, roomy spot for the moonflower to be at it’s best. They are drought tolerant and very low maintenance.
Please take time to notice God’s beautiful nighttime bloomer next time you’re at church.