Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Q1154 first flower

Q1154 first flower 4, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

Thanks to Dr. Eiji Nitasaka for giving the seeds from the national collection housed at Kyushu University, Fukuoka City, Japan. I admired this Ipomoea purpurea from the point its first leaf unfurled, however the flowers proved to be truly exciting. Never have I seen such color in a purpurea flower as what appeared on this plant, Kyushu University code Q1154.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Q751 3 closeup, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I really enjoy the dazzling flowers of Q751. This particular strain, however, failed to make any seeds. I will try again this year with other seeds I have in the collection.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ipomoea purpurea Azul-Zapotec

Ipomoea purpurea Azul-Zapotec , originally uploaded by Gerris2.

This is one of Ron_CONVOLVULACEA's collection, Ipomoea purpurea. The plant exhibited tri-lobed leaves for the summer and into fall, but most recently is showing mainly cordate leaves, perhaps due to lowered environmental temperature where I am growing the plant in my basement under artificial lights.

Ipomoea purpurea Azul-Zapotec flower

This strain of Ipomoea purpurea is one from Ron_CONVOLVULACEA's collection, originally collected in Mexico. The blue and red colors are quite striking on this plant's flowers. Not from Japan, but I could not resist sharing it here.

Tsubame variegated leaf

Tsubame variegated leaf, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I am growing this Japanese asagao identified as Tsubame indoors over the winter from a seed I received from Emma. I am enjoying its lovely variegated leaves.