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DAY ONE OF MY YEAR OF FLOWERS

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DAY ONE  9/16/2018   Its about 9am on a Sunday morning.  I have my coffee, and my camera.  I have decided to start out my flower journey with a couple of flowers from my neighbors yard.  I have looked at these morning glories all summer, they are so pretty, but they only bloom in the early mornings, thus the name, and I am really not a morning person.   So here are my very first flower photos to start out my year of flowers.  Enjoy.  (please feel free to leave me some feedback, or comments on where to find your favorite flowers)

 

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History

Morning glory was first known in China for its medicinal uses, due to the laxative properties of its seeds.

It was introduced to the Japanese in the 9th century, and they were the first to cultivate it as an ornamental flower. During the Edo period, it became very popular. The Japanese have led the world in developing varieties. Hundreds have evolved, such as a brownish coloured variant known as Danjuro, and varieties with such evocative names as ‘Brocade of Dawn’, ‘Moon in the Dusk’ and ‘Wisteria Girl’. It has come to symbolize summer in Japanese horticulture and art.

Ancient Mesoamerican civilizations used the morning glory species Ipomoea alba to convert the latex from the Castilla elastica tree and also the guayule plant to produce bouncing rubber balls [2]. The sulfur in the morning glory’s juice served to vulcanize the rubber, a process predating Charles Goodyear‘s discovery by at least 3,000 years.[3] Aztec priests in Mexico were also known to use the plant’s hallucinogenic properties (see Rivea corymbos

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