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!