Sunday, March 31, 2013

Q0224 Ipomoea nil

Q0224 Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Q0224 Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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My little vine is making flowers again, another reverse tube! I am in heaven!

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The vine shows no sign of slowing in the flower department.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Quick Vermicompost Tea

Quick Vermicompost Tea by Gerris2
Quick Vermicompost Tea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Today I made some quick compost tea out of fresh worm castings. In a 5 gallon bucket I placed about 5 inches of fresh castings out of my worm bin. I then added about 4 gallons of dechlorinated water, swirled it around with a stick to break up the clumps. I then put the liquid portion of the mixture into all my indoors plant pots using a turkey baster. The volume varied with the size of the pot. The worm castings are teeming with beneficial microbes and the idea of using the worm poop tea was to increase the beneficial microbial population in the plant root zone. I took a basic composting class from soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham last week and wanted to put some of the useful information I learned into action.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Another cute morning face of this Japanese-developed morning glory variety.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ipomoea tuberculata South African Population

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Notice the small tubercles / bumps on the vine and undersurfaces of the cotyledons and leaves.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm
with DineCorp. Macro-Light

Ipomoea tuberculata South African Population

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Notice the small tubercles / bumps on the leaf petiole and leaf undersurface.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm
with DineCorp. Macro-Light

Ipomoea tuberculata South African Population

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I tried to capture the yellow hue in the primary folds of the flower.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm
with DineCorp. Macro-Light

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I dusted off the ring flash to see what improvement I could get in depth of field. I am so delighted with the results. Never have I seen a morning glory tube completely in focus. Look at the details of the flower nectary at the base of the tube. I love it!

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm
with DineCorp. Macro-Light

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I had no flowers to shoot today. The leaves of Q1152 are remarkable in having variegated leaf, and are nice subjects for a shoot.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I had no flowers to shoot today. The leaves of Q1152 are remarkable in having variegated leaf, and are nice subjects for a shoot.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Q0255 Ipomoea nil leaf

Q0255 Ipomoea nil leaf by Gerris2
Q0255 Ipomoea nil leaf, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Note the pure white areas of the variegated leaf, known as crystal variegation in Japan. There is a lack of chlorophyll in both upper and lower layers of the leaf tissue causing these whit patches.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Friday, March 22, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Beauty to greet me in the morning. She begs me to take her photo; I succumb each time.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A sacred sepals shot, showing the species characteristic short, somewhat hairy sepals.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Merremia gemella

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

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A nice heart shaped leaf.

Convolvulus chilensis

Convolvulus chilensis by Gerris2
Convolvulus chilensis, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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First leaf on this tiny plant.

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Plant # 2

If you look closely, you can see a blue fleck at the four o'clock position.

My apologies with use of the flash. The plant is growing in somewhat low-light conditions and it is very difficult to capture details otherwise using my cell camera (It is not weekend or I would use better equipment along with the luxury of time in the morning before getting out to work).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I have 2 plants of this strain growing. This is plant # 1, and I think its flower is a but more dense than plant # 2.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ipomoea purpurea 'Q1152'

Ipomoea purpurea 'Q1152' by Gerris2
Ipomoea purpurea 'Q1152', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I'm so happy to have this lovely plant's flowers to greet me in the morning. You can see the yellow color in the flower primary folds in this view.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Another dazzling flower from this Japanese-developed morning glory.

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A lovely Japanese-developed morning glory. I enjoy the subtle tone of purple near the asagao flower tube.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This asagao strain is making many flowers, much to my delight.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A view of the sepals of the asagao flower. The shape, tissue surface qualities (for example presence of hairs) and configuration of the sepal blades have taxonomic importance in identifying species in the plant family Convolvulaceae.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A view of a freshly opened bloom of this Japanese-developed asagao / morning glory.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A view of a freshly opened bloom of this Japanese-developed asagao / morning glory.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Flower pattern termed ” flaked” by Dr. Yoneda. There is a certain charm to admire even when asagao flower its opening up.

Japanese morning glory - Asagao plant strain developed in Japan.

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Plant # 2

Japanese morning glory - Asagao plant strain developed in Japan.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The lovely purple flaked Japanese morning glory with its tube aglow from the overhead lighting.

Lovely lavender - Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

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You can see the lovely lavender color in the central area of the flower. It will look awesome in the pale morning light of dawn this summer.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This flower bud should be open tomorrow morning! The flower should have a dreamy creamy color with a pale lavender halo surrounding the tube. See you tomorrow!

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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You can see the yellow in flower better in this photo.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This lovely Japanese morning glory has interesting variegated leaf and is slightly yellow color in the background color of the flower.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This lovely Japanese morning glory has interesting variegated leaf and is slightly yellow color in the background color of the flower.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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You can see the yellow in flower better in this photo.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Q1156 - Ipomoea purpurea

Q1156 - Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1156 - Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Plant # 2

It should be open tomorrow!!

Ipomoea nil Q0255

Ipomoea nil Q0255 by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil Q0255, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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It is amazing this plant has not grown since it started making flowers. It is still happily making flowers in its 6 ounce yogurt container in which I placed it weeks ago.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Monday, March 4, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Lovely flaked flower with purple on slightly yellow flower limb and variegated heart-shaped leaf. It is definitely a keeper.

Ipomoea tuberculata cotyledons

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It will be interesting to see if this population's flowers (seed sourced in South Africa) will be yellow or if they will be another color.

Ipomoea indica cotyledons

Ipomoea indica cotyledons by Gerris2
Ipomoea indica cotyledons, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Note the interesting reddish color of the plant tissue.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

It is so beautiful, enjoy the view!

Q0274 Ipomoea nil seed pod

Q0274 Ipomoea nil seed pod by Gerris2
Q0274 Ipomoea nil seed pod, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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A few of the asagao plants have not made seed pods to date in spite of having produced quite a few flowers. I am happy to see this seed pod developing on Q0274.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q0269 Ipomoea nil

Q0269 Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Q0269 Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Ah, the blizzard color pattern is coming back in the flowers after several flowers being totally solid color with white margin.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I really like the flaked purple color pattern in this Japanese morning glory. Combined with variegated heart-shaped leaves, it is one to make any morning glory fanatic jump with joy to see it.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Friday, March 1, 2013

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This is the first glorious flower of the strain of asagao from the Japanese national collection. Note the light purple flake pattern on a light yellow background.