Life Lessons from Morning Glory in a Cornfield

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

There is a cornfield near us.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Having fulfilled its corn-destiny, only some of the dried husks and stalks remain.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Morning glory is growing with abandon and climbing up the cornstalks. . .

 Morning Glory | © #flowers #fall #corn

A testament to how morning glory thrives in hot, dry weather as we’ve had one of the hottest Septembers on record and broke another weather record for 98 degrees in October yesterday.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Morning Glory blooms last a day, opening in the morning as the name suggests, with the flowers fading by midday.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Morning glory vines self-seed and can be invasive, growing with uncanny speed and to 20 feet high, easily climbing fences or cornstalks. ;)

 Morning Glory | © #flowers #fall #corn

The vibrant blue and pink trumpet-shaped flowers and lush green foliage were such a shock to see in contrast to our scorched-earth landscape and in our current state of ‘flash drought’.

 Bee in Morning Glory | © #flowers #fall

The bees are loving the abundance of blooms too.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

I ran back to grab my camera after walking the dogs yesterday morning to photograph it as the abundance of blooms were a sight for sore eyes.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Some botanist needs to hybridize a variety that isn’t invasive but with the same prolific blooming characteristics. . . I would plant it everywhere. ;)

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Most morning glories have lush, heart-shaped foliage with dark leaves that can grow up to 5 inches long and up to 3 inches wide.

 Morning Glory | © #flowers

And there is also an ivy-leaf morning glory.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Here are a few life lessons from the morning glory I was reminded of. . .

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Life is short.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Bloom where you are planted.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

A little support makes life easier.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Hold on to what you love.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Whatever you do, do with all your heart.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

We have one more day of temperatures in the 90s before we see some relief from the heat this weekend.

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

Hope you’re surviving the heat where you are. ♥

 Morning Glory in a Cornfield | © #flowers #fall #corn

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  47 comments for “Life Lessons from Morning Glory in a Cornfield

  1. Ann Woleben
    October 4, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Mary, thank you for sharing the beauty of the morning glory blossoms against the stark corn stalks. There is beauty in the most simplistic settings if we just take the time to look. Love your “lessons from a cornfield!”

  2. kate
    October 4, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Soo pretty! Thank you!

  3. October 4, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Wonderful life lessons from the morning glory! The past two days have hit 100, I hope for cooler weather beginning on Sunday. Happy weekend Mary!

    • Virginia
      October 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

      I love your life lessons inspired by these beautiful morning glories. I too would plant them but like you know how invasive they can be. When my Grandfather retired he and Granny moved to their farm and I remember how prolific these pretty little flowers were, glorifying the mornings. At the age of 8 I got my first little pony, a pinto, her name was Morning Glory so this little flower had very special pony appropriately named for her. We too look forward to a cool down and would love to see some rain. Certainly does not seem like October. Great morning post, have a wonderful day Mary.

  4. Pat
    October 4, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Good morning, Mary. Thank you so much for your post this am! Just love the pictures and what a great place to walk L and S!

  5. Jane Teague
    October 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

    How unusual and beautiful! Thank you for the interesting autumn juxtaposition!

  6. October 4, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Beautiful pics and life lessons!!

  7. Linda Goodyear
    October 4, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Just beautiful Mary! I miss them living in Florida! Thanks for sharing

  8. Sheran
    October 4, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful pictures and what an interesting contrast. I sure hope you get some cooler weather soon! 🌬❄️

  9. October 4, 2019 at 8:29 am

    What wonderful life lessons you’ve shared from watching the morning glories in the corn field, Mary. I learned a new word from my yoga teacher yesterday for our hot Fall….it’s Hotumn! We are supposed to get relief next week. I’m ready for Autumn 🍂.

  10. Debbie
    October 4, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful words of advice!!

  11. October 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

    What a lovely reminder. Thank you!

  12. Clara
    October 4, 2019 at 8:47 am

    A beautiful contrast between what was expected to grow & did & what volunteered to take over after the harvest. I love the blooms but, like you, wish morning glory wasn’t so invasive. We’re supposed to have cooler weather today with a high of mid 80’s vs. the high 90’s! Yay! If it rains (small chance at least), we’ll all be praising God! The cotton has flourished in the heat & the fields from a distance are beautiful. All our corn stalks have been chopped up so seeing these pictures were delightful! Have a great weekend Mary! Clara♥️

  13. Ruth
    October 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I grew up on a farm in Indiana where Morning Glory was considered an invasive weed. Your photos are beautiful and I love seeing them left to their abandon❣️but my daddy would turn over in his grave.
    We had 2 vegetable gardens and the garden near the road (gravel) was surrounded with Zinnias to disguise it from the approximate 5 cars that passed. 😜

  14. tsfile2003
    October 4, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Wonderful share!! Thx so much!

  15. Dianne Chrestopoulos
    October 4, 2019 at 9:00 am

    God Morning Mary! What a fantastic post! I love morning glory and there is some growing on some bushes that face out to the lake from our new lake home in east Texas. They are gorgeous when they bloom, but yes invasive. However mine are not taking over (yet) so I have let them be for now. I love how you added things we need to remember, grow where you are planted! Its so important to see the beauty in the world and to preserve as much of it as we can in the ugly “environment” of politics and whatever. Nature is always my refuge. Thanks for a beautiful post

  16. Vicki
    October 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Mary, so enjoyed your lovely cornfield-morning glory extravaganza and particularly the ending life thoughts paired with the perfect pictures! Thanks a bunch! Glad the camera was handy, too!

  17. October 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Your post is fabulous, Mary! Thanks so much for capturing the beauty you found on your walk and then turning into a wonderful life lesson.❤️💛

  18. October 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Sweet post, those flowers do make it look cool and refreshing. My last house was smothered in morning glories, much to my surprise a morning glory popped up at the new house and is smothering a redwood tree now. Wishing you cooler weather, we are heading into a warming trend this weekend, mid 80s, I have been loving the cold crisp mornings and meeting my kitchen again after months of living in the garden.

  19. Yvonne Shafer
    October 4, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, Mary. How delightful! I love morning glories and your post this morning is a beautiful way to start the day. It’s 50° here in Michigan so you know the cooler temps are coming. Thank you for the life lessons!

  20. October 4, 2019 at 9:46 am

    What wonderful words, Mary, so uplifting and important…your photographs are stunning and the contrast between the spent cornstalks and the thriving blooms is quite breathtaking! I think we are all feeling a little like the dry cornstalks these days, holding our breaths with the promise of a cool down next week, and there is even rain in our forecast, YAY!
    Thank you for this inspirational post…

  21. Ellen McHale
    October 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    You delight with your wide eyed wonder. JOY!

  22. Michelle
    October 4, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Mary, thanks for sharing that odd, natural beauty of the cornstalks and morning glories. I always learn a few tidbits from ur posts 😄 in addition to enjoying the eye candy

  23. Shannon
    October 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Beauty is all about us, if we only look.
    Thank you for the reminder.❤️

  24. October 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I love morning glory, it is such a beautiful color. We have some that grows up north here in Arizona.

  25. Liz
    October 4, 2019 at 10:39 am

    What a lovely capture! Up here the morning glories die back and can’t make it the next year. I haven’t grown them in a while but always enjoyed their pretty flowers. I love the organic nature of the morning growing up the cornstalks- it looks so natural.

  26. Theresa R Keller
    October 4, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful post, thank you! I love morning glories Here is to a cooler weekend! :)

  27. October 4, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Beautiful, lovely and inspiring as always. Thank you!!

  28. Cathy Higgins
    October 4, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us. What a wonderful way to say goodbye to summer. I have always loved Morning Glory’s and seeing them climbing the cornstalk is really special.

  29. Suzy Galmarini
    October 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing💕

  30. October 4, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Mary, several of my recent posts have featured morning glories, so my heart is smiling more than usual over this beautiful post. I love the addition of the life lessons. Right on!!! These wild morning glories are vining trhough my beds too. I love that they are little unexpected gifts. Thanks for shaing all these fab photos and interesting post. What a magnificant sight for your morning walk.
    Here’s to cooler temps this weekend. We, too, expect a tad bit of relief, assuming the weather man is correct.

  31. Nancy
    October 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I planted morning glories years ago and when my farmer husband saw it he made me pull it all out! No farmer would want it he said!! Terrible invasive weed but I love the blue flowers!!💙

  32. Cyndi Raines
    October 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Oh, Mary! What a beautiful post!! I love Morning Glories, especially” Heavenly Blue” and I grow them every year. The pictures are beautiful, inspiring us to “bloom where we are planted” and your life lessons are so right on! I’m pinning this! We were 50 this a.m. so hopefully the cooler weather will make its way down to your awesome state! Thank you for sharing and Happy Friday! 🍊🍂

  33. Eve
    October 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I love the juxtaposition of the morning glories
    And the cornstalks. The last fainting glimpses of summer with those morning glories.
    Your photos are so simple yet interesting. Love them.

  34. October 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Beautiful….and the life lessons are always a good reminder!

  35. Nancy Brantley
    October 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I love morning glories. My hubby and I was just talking about how you see them everywhere you see a corn field. They seem to be so many at corn fields.

  36. Marion
    October 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Mary we are in awe of your gorgeous morning glories. When we lived in Brooklyn we had morning glories in the back yard. As much as we try every year to plant and grow the flowers they never come up.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  37. October 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Great life lessons and beautiful pics Mary! It’s cooler here, I’ll fan a little towards the south-Happy Weekend:@)

  38. Sue
    October 4, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you for the “life lessons!” I had morning glory taking over the fence in our backyard until the heat and draught left it dead! Living in the Atlanta area, I am further south than you so guess it was just too much heat for the plant to survive. Your pictures are amazing.

  39. Ellen
    October 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Just now got to your blog!! Beautiful display of morning glories…we love them but my former farmer husband says they are NOT a farmer’s favorite…they get tangled in their equipment..we got our relief from the heat Thursday evening about 6 pm…I was outside when the wind literally changed and we could IMMEDIATELY feel the change…and it was/is refreshing…NO RAIN though…and we could use a lot!! Back to your pictures…great intuition to go get your camera…love it!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  40. june fisher
    October 5, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    So beautiful!! Thank you!!

  41. Amma
    October 6, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Thank you!

  42. Ginny Bunn
    October 6, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for going back to grab your camera! Such a beautiful contrast! When we were younger & would wake up at our grandparents house, and go out on the porch to join them for morning coffee & rocking chairs, my grandfather always proclaimed, “Morning, Glory!” <3

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  44. Brenda McCrary
    October 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I LOVE morning glories and your pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  45. barbaramantelandtablecom
    October 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful thoughts, Mary! And beautiful photos! :) Thanks for the reminders!

  46. Merlin Parde
    October 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Mother Nature’s glory!! Beautiful!! franki

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