Monday, March 29, 2010

Black Hole Asagao

Black Hole Asagao, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I grew this beautiful Japanese morning glory from a seed mix I purchased from a vendor who lived in Japan, and do not know its true name. I temporarily labeled it "Black Hole" after the astronomical phenomenon since in real life it is much darker than what I could capture in the digital image. Do any of you know what it might be? It has the orthodox leaf shape with no variegation; it has a dark color precisely on the leaf edge. It is intensely blue to the point of being black. I hope to grow it again this summer to increase the seed supply. Have you planned your asagao garden yet? If so, what will you be growing, I am interested.


Black Hole JMG leaf with dark picotee

Black Hole 2

Black Hole 3

Black Hole 1

No-ID 3 black holes 1

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Asagao Blue white tube with tube flag

I was finally in the office when one of my Japanese morning glory vines was flowering. It made a nice blue colored flower and if you look in the tube there is a small flag.

Office Asagao Blue white tube variegated leaf

Friday, March 12, 2010

Asagao Garden Winter 2010

Office Asagao Garden Winter 2010, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

I am growing a few Ipomoea nil vines on the windowsill at my workplace. The vines are full of flower buds now, and I will be able to follow-up with photographs perhaps next week. Having these green vines to look at helps me to get through the winter more easily.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Red Blizzard Japanese Morning Glory

Here is another leaf shot of a different asagao strain showing nicely variegated leaf trait. I grew this vine 6 years ago and its flowers were a shade of red, showing blizzard color pattern. Flower photos to follow.

Q1180 seedling leaf

Q1180 seedling leaf, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

Here is a photo of the young asagao plant of Kyushu University strain Q1180. I am looking forward to seeing if it makes the bright red reverse tube flower variant as shown on the Kyushu University asagao web site.

Tsubame flower

Tsubame flower 1, originally uploaded by Gerris2.

Here is the flower from my indoors-grown asagao 'Tsubame'. It has smaller brilliant reddish pink flowers that are a treat to wake up to on a winter morning.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

Springtime, perfect for having picnics, wearing shorts and admiring the Cherry Blossom in DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an two-week (per annum) event that celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

DC Attractions include multiple festivals, museums, monuments, and more. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates, produces, and supports creative and diverse activities promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and the environment, and community spirit and youth education. It's also begins peak season for an influx of tourists to Washington, also brought in by the thousands of historical landmarks, museums, and other buildings, The National Museum of Crime & Punishment, located in Washington, D.C. is one of those such buildings, with excellent depictions of historically famous crime scenes along detailed information concerning past wars, forensics, organized crime, and more.