by guest blogger Nan De Grove

nan's glowing morning glory

Georgia O’Keeffe famously said “nobody sees a flower—really—it is so small—we haven’t time—and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time…” Her magnificent paintings of flowers, common as well as exotic, open our eyes to really see into the heart of a flower, to take time to notice the stunning beauty of small things.

Morning glory is impossible to miss, especially in late summer and early fall, but easy to overlook. Its tenacious vines will twist and twine up any support, including plants of higher status like roses. It can be invasive, but as summer dies and other plants are winding down and fading, the morning glory brings a certain wild abandon to the garden with its brilliant color and rambling habit. I let it have its way, knowing it will vanish with the first hard breeze. Meanwhile, it blooms in abundance in all corners of the garden.

blooms abundantly

Most beautiful are the ethereal “heavenly blues”, but the purple and pink seem to grow more abundantly. Like the night blooming datura its buds spiral out into a five pointed star, with pleats in between.

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The five pointed star, or pentagram appears frequently in nature and is an emblem of the planet Venus, as the orbit of Venus around the Sun traces a pentagram in an eight year cycle as it aligns with Earth’s orbit.

Venus pentagram

If you cut an apple, a tree sacred to Venus, crosswise, you find the same star. Like the star and spiral in the morning glory, patterns of sacred geometry weave through forms in all of nature: DNA strands, crystals, seashells, beehives, pinecones. Biology and and cosmology mirror each other.

star fruit

As O’Keeffe said, it takes time to see, but when we take time we see much more than the surface of a thing. Perhaps this is what the mystical poet and artist William Blake meant when he wrote:

To see the World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

Nan De Grove is a gardener, painter and astrologer. She can be reached at