Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Morning Glory Story

It dawned on me when I created our House Tour page that I never showed any after pictures of the left side of our Ugly Yard Overhaul.  The biggest change was planting morning glories back in June to grow into the ugly (but convenient when you have 2 dogs) chain link fence.

Here is the before picture of the left side of the yard.  We had to remove 5 large bushes along with several plants and a lilac tree.  We laid grass patch down where the plants were removed.  All we wanted was a grass yard so the doggies could run around, who knew that would be so hard?  Since we live within the city in an old neighborhood, that is the alley you see behind our yard.  We planted the morning glories so they could grow into the fence and make it look pretty along with hiding the alley from view.

I'm kicking myself for not taking afters in the summer when the yard was lush and green, but here is the after (with some fall leaves).  It took about 3 or 4 months of growing, but those morning glories took off!!!  We now don't have to look at the concrete alleyway or the chain link fence, so much better!

The little flowers that bloom along the fence are so pretty. There are tons in the morning (hence the name) but a few will last throughout the day.


  1. I don't know if morning glories come back year after year, but sweet peas do. i have an old garden gate and i put a few in front of it and by mid summer it's thick with them. in fall, like now, i cut them all off and leave just a little bit sticking out of the ground and they come back year after year. if you have to re-plant next year, maybe give them a try. the glories look great tho.

  2. Morning glories are an annual vine, they will grow back each spring (thankfully). That was the big draw when we picked them out. We have another part of the fence that will need to be covered, maybe we will look into sweet peas to have some other plants/ flowers to look at, thanks for the tip!

  3. I stand corrected! Annual vines will die out (guess I don't know what annual and perennial mean!), but since Morning Glories drop seeds new ones will grow back in spring! If not I will blog about it for sure! We will be so sad!


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