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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!
Emotional Status:
groggy groggy from too much reading!
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On July 29th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Morning Glories are so pretty. I miss them.

Glad you enjoy your reading of Potter. SD
On July 29th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Glad you enjoyed the photo. Have you seen anyone growing them around where you live?

I certainly did!
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On July 29th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
LOL. I love the quote.

And your morning glory is gorgeous! Perhaps I should think about planting some. They're such lovely flowers. They prefer the shade, right?
On July 29th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
'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.
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On July 29th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC), silvanime replied:
They sound perfect then! Goodness knows, they'd do well here in the summer and in the clay-like soil we have around here. My only worry would be the frost in winter.

And how is the rest of your garden going?
On July 29th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
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.
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