Tuesday, June 29, 2010

(Day 180) Beware the dreaded Calystegia Sepium

Well, I certainly didn't know that I harboured a fondness for a noxious weed! Not until tonight, that is, when I looked for information on what I considered a rather attractive flowering vine growing in a few places on our property. Turns out this plant could get you a visit from an agricultural authority in some places if you don't take steps to eradicate it. I'm not sure if it's classified as a noxious weed where we live, but please don't tell anyone otherwise I won't have it to make photos of anymore ;-)

Today's post title comes from the headline of one of the articles I found on this plant - it went on to say that this plant strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners. It didn't say what it did to the hearts of photographers.

Oh, the common name for Calystegia sepium is wild morning glory.

(60mm  f20  1/2 sec  ISO200)














(60mm  f20  1/5 sec  ISO200)

24 comments:

Jeanne Klaver said...

oh...so...beautiful!

darlin said...

Rick it's so hard to believe that this is a weed, it's so beautiful! Great capture of a very pretty weed. :-)

Katherine said...

Well excuse me in advance for what I am about to write but it would seem that this morning glory is as breathtaking as a morning glory of another kind... he!he!he! A wild but beautiful weed for sure! My lips are sealed... I won't tell anyone!
Great photo!

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - thank you Jeanne - I still think it's lovely, despite its reputation

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you, and I agree!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine. Difficult to imagine this is a weed. Thanks for keeping this a secret - don't want the law to come down heavy on me ;-)

M. Hassan said...

Second shot is sublime. Looks so surreal! Love how the light leads one's eyes to the middle of the flower..

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks to me like the only fear it would strike in my heart is that I might not get to photograph it.I am glad you saw the beauty in this flower.
Blessings,Ruth

joey said...

Glad you found it, Rick, and thanks for sharing the photo/news.

Krista said...

Wow! It sure is beautiful, too bad it is so toxic! I wonder what the big hairy deal is?

Huh... strange. Great captures though! :o)

CarreraCaballo said...

Doesn't look harmful at all!!!
Nature's way of camouflaging :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

imac said...

Weed, or not, this photo is wonderful, I like the way you captured the light shining thru.
You changed a weed into a fairy.

S. Etole said...

Is it a case of deceptive beauty? :-)

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - thank you M; I just caught the last of the sun before we lost it in that area - that always helps bring out the best in subjects.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - that would be my fear too - especially of I was ordered to eliminate it; so I promise to keep it 'under control'. Thanks for stopping by Ruth.

Rick said...

@joey - my pleasure joey! Thanks.

Rick said...

@Krista - I don't think it's toxic (I haven't tasted it though ;-) but it is noxious - apparently it'll take over an area and crowd out other plants. It spreads via seeds and long (3-4m/10-13') roots and is tough to kill. But as long as it doesn't take over our place I still think it's pretty. Thanks Krista!

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - I think you're right Joseph; a wolf in sheep's clothing (?)

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac; I agree - it is rather nice looking; I just won't plant it in the garden!

Rick said...

@S. Etole - I think so Susan, like so many other things - pretty poison.

Karen said...

What is one gardener's noxious weed, is another photographer's lovely picture. Hmmm, go figure!

Rick said...

@Karen - yes, I've found that some of the most beautiful flowers are called 'weeds'; so true about 'the eye of the beholder'!

Julia said...

It's hard to believe that the beautiful flower is a weed!!!

Rick said...

@Julia - I found it hard to believe too, till I checked it out!