Saturday, October 31, 2009

Opposable thumb sepals on this Chinese Ipomoea nil

I do not remember how I obtained seeds of this morning glory, but the seed packet was identified as Chinese Morning Glory. I grew it out over the previous winter and enjoyed its striking blue flowers and interesting sepals. The species turns out to be Ipomoea nil. Note the arrangement of the blade-like sepals, almost appearing to have opposable thumb.

Variations of Ginro Ipomoea nil

Ginro developed nicely during the winter when I grew it indoors. I successfully transferred it outdoors and it was one of the stars of my deck container garden. It made many large deep blue flowers with white tubes, which provided a nice contrast with its yellow variegated leaves. Thank you, Nobu, for letting me grow this fine plant.

A visitor to my indoors growing asagao garden

This spider seems content to stretch out on this Ipomoea purpurea (strain Q1153) leaf.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea from Kyushu University

I am growing three plants from seeds I received from Eiji Nitasaka, Ph.D., Kyushu University of Ipomoea purpurea strain number Q1152, one of their variegated leaf purpurea holdings. One plant is displaying this fantastic trait. Another vine is almost without the variegated trait but is quite light yellow in color. The third vine is somewhat intermediate. I will post photos of the latter two in the near future, but here is the one that has captured my interest so far this winter!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kyushu University Q961 - Budo Nezumi

Dear All,

I apologize for the hiatus in posting information here. I had the marvelous experience of a business trip to Japan in July (7/10-31/2009) and upon return I spent much of my spare moments trying to get my asagao garden back under control. I am sure you can well imagine how the vines had intergrown into each other and I had to untangle them, a slow yet attainable goal.

I came back and found this most marvelous flowering plant, which my friend Naomi must have obtained in a seed distribution from Kyushu University with the Q-number designation for their asagao seed collection. The flower is about 3 inches / 7.6 centimeters and is a deep plum purple color with even distribution of this color. I marvel the color contrast with the yellow-green leaves. I look for flowers on this vine every day. What a treat to be able to grow it.

Naomi Q961 Budo-Nezumi 2

Here are the cotyledons of this vine.

Naomi Q961 Budo Izumi Red Brown 2

And here are the first true leaves. This leaf color I find quite attractive.

Naomi Q961 Budo Nezumi Chocolate

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Leaf forms of mutant asagao strain Blue Saizaki

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to grow out a Demono strain of Asagao named Blue Saizaki. I would like to show the two leaf forms that have appeared on the surviving plants. I had two seedlings whose cotyledons were quite stunted and curled, indicating they would have been single- or double-Demono type flower form. Alas, they did not survive.

The photograph shown above is Vine # 7 showing what to me is an interesting leaf with extremely curled margins. Each leaf that appears on the vine is like what is shown in the photograph.

Here is Vine # 4, showing the same type of leaf.

This leaf is of Vine # 2, and ought to be the seed producing vine for this strain.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yellow Leaves

I think I enjoy yellow leaf trait of Japanese Asagao as much as the variegated leaf, and am excited to see the leaves of some plants grown from seeds I received in a trade from Naomi. They are almost the same hue as is seen in Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'. The yellow color can even be seen in the cotyledons.

This one, labeled as 'Budo Nezumi', should make a chocolate brown colored flower.

Naomi Q961 Budo Nezumi Chocolate

This one will make an intense red speckled patterned flower. I can't wait to see all of them!

Naomi Q962 red speckled

Monday, May 25, 2009


I obtained this strain, 'Kanoko' from an eBay auction several years ago, and grew it for the first time indoors this winter. Growing asagao plants indoors over the winter helps pass the cold weather months away! 'Kanoko' made many wildly speckled flowers; however, this particular plant did not produce any seeds.

Kanoko 1

I grew two plants of 'Kanoko', and the second plant made only one flower which was a reverse tube flower. Sadly, the plant died shortly after I took this photograph.

Kanoko Reverse Tube  1

I germinated the remainder of the seed packet and will be growing this gem this summer. I hope of all the 'Kanoko' plants I obtain seeds to maintain this lovely line for my collection. The following are cotyledon and first leaf images of these plants.

Cyndas Kanoko 5

Cyndas Kanoko 4

Cyndas Kanoko 3

Cyndas Kanoko 2

Cyndas Kanoko 1


Nobus Bessekai, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

Here are the first leaves of 'Bessekai', another strain of asagao offered by Nobu Kato through his web shop . As was seen in 'Ginro' photographs below on this page, 'Bessekai' has very large slightly variegated yellow-green colored cotyledons.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Margined Blue Asago

Fukurin Blue JMG 4, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

It was a winter for me to grow margined Asagao vines. This blue beauty came from a commercial packet of seeds identified simply as Fukurin mix. It made 5 to 6 inch (13 to 15 centimeter) diameter flowers of sky blue color, with a lovely white margin. It has cicada type variegated leaves to add to the list of eye candy attributes.

Fukurin Blue JMG 5

Fukurin Blue JMG 3

Fukurin Blue JMG 1

Margined Grey Asagao

Fukurin grey 2, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I received seeds with excitement from Dave's Garden member Bluespiral last fall, and grew this marvelous plant over the winter in my sunroom. I enjoyed its classic form of wide white margin, and the even grey color of corolla limb and reddish tube color.

Fukurin grey

Fukurin grey

Fukurin grey 2

Grey Fukurin 1

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Kishukumen Rinpuba Murasaki Daizaki

13-1, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I have grown this beautiful plant for a couple growing seasons now, and enjoy its many positive attributes. The color combination of yellow-green leaves with blue flower is fantastic. The pale reverse tube on the flower is remarkable, and the finger-like leaf shapes make this Asagao strain quite extraordinary!