I have a perpetual calendar with quotes on it that I've been flipping through for years now. I found today's quote so amusingly fitting for the occasion, I had to put it here:
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. --Mark Twain
And yes, I devoured the last Harry Potter book. Read from 6 pm to about 10:20 last night, and from 7:35 am to 11:00 this morning. It was superbly delicious, and those 759 pages were consumed in about 7 hours and 23 minutes. What a feast! I took notes as I went along--my most enraged moment was on page 261, and my teariest on page 700.
On a completely different note, my first morning glories bloomed today! Two of them, though only one was open at 7:30 when I went out to get a photo. Thirteen days later than last year, but still better than the years when they don't get underway until August. Thank you God, for blue, blue flowers!
'Good 'ole' Mark Twain and his bluntness. =)
Actually, they prefer the sun. The more the better--I don't have quite enough in my garden for them to really thrive, just enough for them to hang around and bloom. They also like heat (I'd say 30 and above Celsius makes them happiest), and they're easy to grow from seed. The trickiest thing about them is their fussyness with blooming--can't fertilize or give them rich soil, or they won't bloom at all. They appear to need some sort of 'stress' to trigger the flowering. And yes, they're called morning glorie because the blooms wilt by around noon in the summertime--in the cool autumn they can last all day or even two days.
That's great! Just remember they need to have something to vine on like a fence or trellis. As for winter, up here and in most of the US they're grown as annuals. Either buy a new seed packet in the spring, or collect seeds in the fall (but the seeds tend to revert to a smaller, dark-violet flower in my experience).
It's hanging in there! Been a pretty rough summer and it shows, but at least I haven't lost anybody lately.