Moon Light Strolls

I am going to the moon!

Finally, I’m going to the moon. Ever since President Kennedy issued the challenge for America to go to the moon, I’ve been ready to go. I am in going 2020 aboard the LRO spacecraft.

Sign up to send your name to the moon. Names will be collected and placed on board the LRO spacecraft for its historic mission bringing NASA back to the moon. You will also receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission.

The deadline is July 25, 2008 for the submission of names.

LRO’s objectives are to find safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

Two Moon flowers, Ipomoea alba
In the mean time,
enjoy these lovely moon flowers. A member of the morning glory family, this plant is where the phase, “may be invasive” originated. But, it is a beautiful flower. The white flowers are pollinated by night flying moths. So, stay up late or get up early to view moon flowers in full bloom.

Cloudy, rainy days can fool these flowers into staying open during the day, sometimes. Once the sun comes out, the flowers are gone.

The huge flower is gorgeous and fragrant, the plants can grow twenty feet in one season then suddenly die at the first frost. Golf ball sized seed pods are sharp thorny pods with as many as 100 seeds. Plants will easily reseed in southern gardens.

Several plants are called moon flowers. Mature seeds from some plants have been associated with hallucinations when ingested. The plants associated with moon flower seed ingestion appear to be one of two species, Datura inoxia or Ipomoea muricata. Symptoms such as increased heart rate, agitation, confusion, dilated pupils, dry mouth, and urinary retention have been reported. The seeds are contained in pods that can contain 100 or more seeds.

The giant flowers grow about 7 inches across on thick green vines with heart shaped leaves, 4 to 6 inches across.

Moon flowers are a fragrant addition to a night garden.

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