Friday, March 30, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New book published in Japan on morning glories

I recently purchased a newly published book on morning glories from Amazon Japan. It looks quite interesting and as I translate sections a try the techniques I will share my experiences here.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

A small plant showing deep reddish purple color on the hypocotyl. The Japanese found that hypocotyl color was an indicator of the color in flowers that would appear later in development. See more on this relationship on Dr. Yoshiaki Yoneda's web site: protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/asagao/yoneda_db/E/Introduction/htm...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ipomoea holubii

Ipomoea holubii by Gerris2
Ipomoea holubii, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I put my Ipomoea holubii plant outside to soak in the glorious weather we've been having lately. I was out this morning looking at the garden and noticed a number of small black ants crawling all over the caudex and a few were out on the leaf stem. I will have to watch this plant for extrafloral nectaries.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Akatsuki no Murasaki

19-1 Akatsuki no Murasaki by Gerris2
19-1 Akatsuki no Murasaki, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Ipomoea nil 'Akatsuki no Murasaki' is a very large flower asagao, with resinous purple flowers. I found it difficult to capture its purple color correctly, but this photo shows its true color quite well I think.

Asuka

Asuka by Gerris2
Asuka, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Ipomoea nil 'Asuka'.

This variety exhibited a number of variations of which I like this one the best. The petals had a silk-like appearance as I hope can be seen in this photo.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I love the leave of this Japanese morning glory. They do resemble a dragon's claw.

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This Japanese morning glory is beginning to develop variegated leaves. It's showing in one leaf in a rather subdued way.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Star of India

Star of India by Gerris2
Star of India, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

This morning glory I am unsure from where its seed came. I was glad I grew it way back in 2006. I need to grow it again to refresh the seed supply and thus keep the line alive.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

YumYum Mix Soil Additive

YumYum Mix Soil Additive by Gerris2
YumYum Mix Soil Additive, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Here are the details on how to use the YumYum Mix Soil Additive.

Biozome Soil Additive

Biozome Soil Additive by Gerris2
Biozome Soil Additive, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I added the product to my garden containers last night, just in time for a soft rain to soak it in. The microbes in the product will work on the YumYum Mix fertilizer I applied not long ago. That way the plant-available nutrients will be there at transplant time in May.

Learn more about Biozome here: www.biozome.com/

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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There is something about the serene beauty of mutant Japanese morning glory leaves that I love. I thought they were especially lovely this afternoon when the sun made a silhouette of them.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fujishibori

Fujishibori 2 by Gerris2
Fujishibori 2, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

This year, I must grow my old friend, Ipomoea nil 'Fujishibori', a fabulously purple speckled variegated leaf Japanese morning glory.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

See many other similar awesome line drawings on my photo web page on flickr.com

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

I have this beautiful drawing on my laptop wallpaper.

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

I love the reverse tube flower form, and try to collect new varieties whenever I have the opportunity.

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

It is difficult to choose a favorite one.

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

Some flower forms and leaf forms are seen in the mutant asagao currently being maintained in Japan.

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

Via Flickr:
While in Japan in 2009, I had the good fortune and honor to meet Eiji Nitasaka, Ph.D., holder of the national morning glory seed collection located at Kyushu University. While there, he showed me some very ancient books of Edo Period asagao flower forms. I loved looking at these works of art, and dreamed of what these beautiful plants must have been like in real life.

Box of ancient mutant asagao books

Via Flickr:
While in Japan in 2009, I had the good fortune and honor to meet Eiji Nitasaka, Ph.D., holder of the national morning glory seed collection located at Kyushu University. While there, he showed me some very ancient books of Edo Period asagao flower forms. He stores them in a safe place in his laboratory.

Box of ancient mutant asagao books

Via Flickr:
While in Japan in 2009, I had the good fortune and honor to meet Eiji Nitasaka, Ph.D., holder of the national morning glory seed collection located at Kyushu University. While there, he showed me some very ancient books of Edo Period asagao flower forms.

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The parent had a pink reverse tube and pale pink corolla limb. I am enjoying these marvelous claw-type leaves, which appear as diseased but are perfectly normal for this variety.

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Its parent had varying patterns of dark pink speckles and stripes on its large flowers.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nitasaka Lab Door Kyushu University

When I visited Eiji Nitasaka in Japan, he permitted me to take photographs at his laboratory. This photo shows the decorated door window and information poster on a topic of what appears to be mutant Japanese asagao.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ipomoea nil seedlings

Ipomoea nil seedlings by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil seedlings, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

These young Japanese morning glory plants are growing in my office window at my place of work. The left two should make a large flower of variable dark pink patterns (stripes, speckles) and the plant on the right came from a parent plant whose flower was a pink reverse tube with a more pale pink/cream limb. Maybe we'll see flowers in April!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor by Gerris2
Medal of Honor, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

I have this nice morning glory for sale on eBay, under my seller name gwgerris2. See my listings at this web link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/gwgerris2/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor by Gerris2
Medal of Honor, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

A lovely red, white and blue morning glory, Ipomoea nil.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

The plant which made 2 pairs of cotyledons is developing nicely, making these type of variegated leaves. Look below for the photo of two pairs of futaba (cotyledons).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

The leaf of a mutant Japanese morning glory plant whose flower should be a light pink reverse tube with pale pink or cream limb.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Glazed Clay Pot

Glazed Clay Pot by Gerris2
Glazed Clay Pot, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

I plan to grow an asagao in the Japanese tradition of pruning the plant in a precise way to get the largest flower possible.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ipomoea setifera

Ipomoea setifera by Gerris2
Ipomoea setifera, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

I spent two nice weeks in Puerto Rico last year in January and February. Ipomoea setifera was a beautiful flowering vine I found growing along the roadside near El Junque National Forest.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Getting my outdoors container garden ready

This past weekend I added an organic soil amendment to the container medium. It's called Yum Yum Mix, which I bought from High Country Gardens. It is made up of many materials that are beneficial to the soil microbes in the period between now and when I can plant out in middle May.