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  1. I love bold purple flowers in my pots, too, mixed with red and yellow. In my beds, I was told that deer don’t like purple flowers, so that’s what we’ve planted. Not sure if it’s true, but they do avoid most of them.

  2. I love purple flowers too! What I especially like about morning glories is how, in pictures, it looks like the inside is glowing. That always amazes me!

  3. Your morning glories are the exact color of mine! I got Burpee seeds at least 5 years ago and they have reseeded themselves every year. And, as you know, they plant themselves elsewhere! Some went to the opposite fence and some went around the house to the back fence. lol With our South Dakota wind, that’s not surprising!

  4. Brenda, could you tell us where to purchase blue morning glory seeds? I have gotten little packets from Wal-Mart but have never had luck with them. As a child, I remember my grandmother running string on one end of the front porch making a handmade arbor of sorts. Blue morning glories were running the length, height and width of it, shading the wooden swing in front. I can still see that image in my mind and I thought it was just about the prettiest thing I’d ever seen.

    1. I haven’t had much luck with the blue ones. I did plant them but they either didn’t come up or the horrid heat killed them. So I don’t know where to tell you to order them from. I’d try Renee’s Heirloom Seeds. I’ve had my best luck with her seeds. https://www.reneesgarden.com/

  5. My garden beds flank both sides of my driveway and frame the backyard on 3 sides. They are all a real mismash of color, except at the front of the house, where I try to confine myself to red and white, usually geraniums and petunias, to coordinate with my bright red front door and large white planters on my small front “porch” (more like a front stoop). Along one side of the driveway, I have a lavender clematis, a hybrid large purple Iris that is deep, dark and beautiful, and another hybrid that gives me a sort of reddish/purplish slightly smaller blossom. They’re both stunning when they bloom. I only wish they lasted longer! Because of the high acidity in the soil of the garden where I planted a hydrangea on the other side of the driveway near two towering pine trees, the flowers will start out in all different shades from bright light purple to pale lavender; as the flowers age they turn pinkish with green undertones. This season I gave the shrub a good hard pruning and I’ve never had more flowers, and they’re still “pickable” since first blooming more than three months ago, it’s just amazing. I made sure to give it a good dose of daily water during our horrific hot and humid summer with little to no rain for more than 2 months. The hydrangea blossoms have all “faded” to the pinkish with green undertones now, but are still full and vibrant. I planted some purple cone flowers maybe 4 years ago and they give me reliable long lasting flowers. The butterflies go ga-ga over them and the local black/yellow finches and red house finches just love the seed heads. Wondering if there is a correlation between Ivy’s appearance (even though she doesn’t go outside she can be seen through the patio doors) and the disappearance of occupants in your bird house? But they still come to your bird bath and the tree overhanging your fence. Your own little bit of peaceful paradise!

    1. Ivy’s been here since 2018, and birds have been scarce around that birdhouse for quite some time. So I don’t know.

  6. I love purple flowers outside and aside from the aesthetics, hummingbirds are attracted to my purple petunias. Each year is getting hotter and thus it’s difficult to keep them going this time of year.
    With songbirds dying mysteriously at an alarming rate this year, in our area we were asked to take down bird feeders, the thinking being the feed was a possible source. I have a large 3 tier bird bath fountain that this year, even with the constant movement of water, grows thick algae in less than 24 hrs after cleaning with a 10/1 water-bleach solution. In the 11 yrs we have had the fountain, this has never happened before! The heat is just to extreme and I imagine it was also making bird feed go rancid quicker. My goal is to plant a little flower garden just for the birds, bees and butterflies going forward with natural food sources. Of course It will have to be cleverly fenced off from the deer with wire that the flowers will still be able to be seen by the humans. My purples will include purple coneflower, aster, iris and of course purple petunias again in hanging baskets on the porch. I think any color flower bloom goes with purple as well. Usually I mix 3 different colors in my containers and will probably do the same with what I put in the ground. This darn extreme heat makes life difficult for sure. I can’t live without flowers in my life!

    1. This year I mixed red with my two usual colors of flowers, yellow and purple. And then I planted zinnia seeds and have all different colors of zinnias. I read about the problem with the bird feeders. Hope that gets solved quickly. I love the idea of a garden for nature’s creatures!

  7. I love morning glories, I actually planted some seeds this year and were delighted that they were all blue/purple. I am drawn to purple flowers too but when you plant them in the garden they do not show up much against the soil. I have some old indoor wall plaques that I want to hang on the fence for next year for the morning glories to grow on.

    1. Sounds like a good plan! Since I garden mostly in containers, I don’t have the problem of purple not showing up well against brown soil.

    1. Seems to, yes. I have them every year and they keep spreading. I get rid of the ones that come up in containers where I have something I don’t want them mixed with. It’s hard for me to toss the little morning glory plants that come up though.

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