Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ipomoea nil

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

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One of Emma Hill's varieties whose parental flowers were deep dark blue with a wide white margin. The soft sky blue color has been consistent amongst its flowers. I hope it will make seeds, no seed pods to date even though there has been a handful of flowers.

Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance'

Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I really liked how the white parts glowed in the early morning light.

Ipomoea nil

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

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This is a yet to be named variety that should have been the chestnut brown Danjuro variety. I like its shimmery white limb with small flecks of blue and purple colors.

Ipomoea nil

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

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This is a yet to be named variety that should have been the chestnut brown Danjuro variety. I liked the large blue panel of color on this flower.

Ipomoea nil

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

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This is a yet to be named variety that should have been the chestnut brown Danjuro variety. I like its shimmery white limb with small flecks of blue and purple colors.

Ipomoea nil

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

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This is a yet to be named variety that should have been the chestnut brown Danjuro variety. Mabel Chong's favorite color!!

Ipomoea nil

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

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New variety that should have been a deep blue instead of the deep pink seen in this plant's flowers. The flowers are huge, billowy and beautiful.

Ipomoea 'Yaguruma'

Ipomoea 'Yaguruma' by Gerris2
Ipomoea 'Yaguruma', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Lovely bold crimson-red color in this youjiro (Ray-White) type flower.

Ipomoea 'Chachamaru'

Ipomoea 'Chachamaru' by Gerris2
Ipomoea 'Chachamaru', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Lovely soft brown color in this youjiro (Ray-White) type flower.

Ipomoea nil 'Fuji Country Blue'

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Emma Hill's 'Fuji Country Blue' varietal stabilization program
Plant # 1, F2 generation, Second seed collection

Ipomoea nil 'Fuji Country Blue'

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Emma Hill's 'Fuji Country Blue' varietal stabilization program
Plant # 1, F2 generation, Second seed collection

Ipomoea nil 'Intense Rose Silk'

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Plant # 1

These are the first flowers of this morning glory. The parental plant flower color was more of a chestnut brown.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ipomoea nil RWB 2nd collection plant number 1 - 3

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Another view of Emma Hill's variety in progress. I marvel over the royal purple color with velvety quality in the flower.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Ipomoea hybrid 'Chachamaru'

Ipomoea hybrid 'Chachamaru' 1 by Gerris2
Ipomoea hybrid 'Chachamaru' 1, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

I love these relatively small flowers of Chachamaru. It has evenly distributed reddish-brown color and it makes the nicest photo subject.

Ipomoea nil RWB 2nd collection plant number 1 - 2

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From the breeding program of Emma Hill comes this F2 growout of the a series I have called RWB (for Red, White and Blue - colors that predominate in the flowers). The parent plant's flowers looked spectacular as can be seen in this photo:

Ipomoea nil

This plant is number 1 and is from the second seed collection. It actually came from the same packet as the turquoise asagao shown immediately below. Don't you love biological variation? Obviously this genetic line is in development and is not a stable variety. I do love the incredible variations in flower color and patterns - thank you, Emma!

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Ipomoea nil RWB 2nd collection plant number 3 - 3

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From the breeding program of Emma Hill comes this F2 growout of the a series I have called RWB (for Red, White and Blue - colors that predominate in the flowers). The parent plant's flowers looked spectacular as can be seen in this photo:

Ipomoea nil

This plant is number 3 and its flowers touch on being turquoise color, with a narrow margin and pale red in the tube. I love it, my wife loves it, maybe you love it too?

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ipomoea nil

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

This asagao was supposed to be 'Aogakayama' variety, a deep blue flower with white tube. As can be seen in the photo, the color is not quite correct, but nevertheless it is very beautiful large flower Japanese morning glory.

Ipomoea nil

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

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This nice purple flower was supposed to be chestnut brown 'Danjuro'. Sometimes it is difficult to actually grow out the plant which is displayed on the seed packet, for various reasons.

Merremia quinquefolia cotyledons

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Acapulco, Mexico population

Merremia quinquefolia

Merremia quinquefolia by Gerris2
Merremia quinquefolia, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Acapulco, Mexico population

The first true leaf is trifoliate, and subsequent leaves show pentafoliate leaves.

Merremia quinquefolia

Merremia quinquefolia by Gerris2
Merremia quinquefolia, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Acapulco, Mexico population

I am growing a plant from this population from Acapulco Mexico and will compare it to a plant from a population growing on Puerto Rico.

Ipomoea nil

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

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Japanese Morning Glory

Notice the blue flecks of color on the outer edge of the limb of the corolla.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ipomoea nil

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

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Yaguruma asagao, marketed as Windmill Rose.

Yaguruma is from a hybrid cross of Ipomoea purpurea x Ipomoea nil which was then back-crossed with Ipomoea nil. This youjiro trait (ray white) was developed by Dr. Yoneda in Japan. Read more here: http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/asagao/Yoneda_DB/E/relatives/04_3.html

I love these flowers, each one opens into a perfect flower.

Ipomoea nil

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

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'Wabi-Sabi' asagao, marketed as Windmill Chocolate.

The Youjiro asagao varieties, Chachamaru pictured here (also known as Wabi-Sabi) and Yaguruma, were the first to flower up from seeds I started in the spring. I believe this variety of flower symbolizes the Japanese morning glory; they were among the first I ever grew, to include Maisugata as well.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Emma Hill's Purple Ray with rayflow pattern.

I am growing a seedling which came from this glorious plant developed by world famous morning glory breeder Emma Hill. We shall be seeing its flowers in a month, maybe less time if I'm lucky.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Asagao Wall

Asagao Wall by Gerris2
Asagao Wall, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The trellis is shared by 3 Ipomoea species. In the foreground (to the left on,the trellis) is Ipomoea nil 'Scarlett O'Hara'. Moving to the right is I. nil 'Carolyn's Gift', and not very visible is a planting of an I. tricolor variety. On the far right is a volunteer I. purpurea I keep because my neighbor likes it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Green Lacewing Eggs on Ipomoea nil Morning Glory Vine

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Rejoice when you see the eggs of lacewing insects on your garden plants. The larvae are excellent predators of pest species of spider mites and aphids that assault your garden plants.

Note the eggs are laid on various parts of the host plant, on long spikes that are attached to your plant.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Calystegia pubescens 'Tenshi-Botan'

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The gentle pink flower glows in the early morning light. Handheld camera, available light using a Nikon D70 camera and Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm classic manual focus lens.

Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel'

Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Beautiful soft blue colored limb and a hint of red in the upper tube make this new cultivar 'Karen Kagel' a treat to see in the early morning light. Taken with a Nikon D70 camera using a Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm manual focus lens and available light (wide open aperture).

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance' / 'Chidori'

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These elegant flowers display what is known as "crystal" leaf variegation in Japan. In this form, the areas devoid of green tissue extend from one side of the leaf to the other side, that is, through two layers of leaf tissue. This view shows the top side of the leaves.

Ipomoea nil 'Cameo Elegance' / 'Chidori'

Via Flickr:
These elegant flowers display what is known as "crystal" leaf variegation in Japan. In this form, the areas devoid of green tissue extend from one side of the leaf to the other side, that is, through two layers of leaf tissue. This view shows the bottom side of the leaves.

Ipomoea nil Flower Bud

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

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Today I gave the Japanese Morning Glory plants a does of higher phosphorus fertilizer (Miracle-Gro "Bloom Booster" product). I most likely will repeat it again next month. Up until now, I have been feeding the plants to establish strong root systems and for enhanced leaf production. Now it is approaching "party time" and the higher level of P will help bring on the flowers of August. :-)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Titanotrichum oldhamii

Titanotrichum oldhamii by Gerris2
Titanotrichum oldhamii, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I know this is not a morning glory, but I was so excited to see this flower, I wanted to share it on this blog.

I present my new baby, its first flower opened this week. I have been waiting so long for her. Thanks to my contacts who coached me on how to keep this growing well.

I loved how the sunlight passing through the flower enhanced the patterns in the tube.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Calystegia pubescens 'Tenshi-Botan'

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Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

It is mystifying how beautiful this flower is in real life, shown here looking more like a begonia or perhaps a rose than a member of the morning glory family.

Sunday, July 8, 2012