What a surprise! One damp and dreary early Autumn morning I stumbled out to feed the chickens and was suddenly stunned wide awake by this beautiful bright blue flower positively glowing – Morning Glory! It’s supposed to be really easy to grow but I nurtured tiny seedlings that struggled to survive and, when I finally planted them out they just sat there and refused to climb up the bamboo wigwam – until I got bored waiting and forgot all about them – until this morning! Every morning since there have been new flowers – they love the early mornings and close up later in the day – hence the name. It’s a type of convolvulus – our native white version can be a troublesome weed as it chokes other plants – hence its common name – bindweed. All of the plant is poisonous as it contains tropane alkaloids – especially the seeds – but this flower certainly brightened up my morning.