There’s something about the shading of colour which makes it seem as if the morning glory flowers are radiating light rather than just reflecting it.



Somehow the illusion persists even when a flower is half hidden in the shade of a leaf.



The blue striped variety seems less luminous – a novelty without much to recommend it…



but what’s not to like in the new varieties which hold their glowing flowers into the afternoon?

The tall wigwams of morning glory are magnificent in the Jardin des Plantes at the moment, along with many other flowers carrying summer colour into the autumn.  More to follow.