Saturday, October 31, 2009
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.
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.
Friday, October 30, 2009
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
Here are the cotyledons of this vine.
And here are the first true leaves. This leaf color I find quite attractive.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Here is Vine # 4, showing the same type of leaf.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This one, labeled as 'Budo Nezumi', should make a chocolate brown colored flower.
This one will make an intense red speckled patterned flower. I can't wait to see all of them!
Monday, May 25, 2009
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.
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.
Here are the first leaves of 'Bessekai', another strain of asagao offered by Nobu Kato through his web shop http://8030.teacup.com/asagao/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
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.
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.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
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!