The blooms are having a bit of a rough time... my backyard thermometer next to the MG's recorded a high of 101(°F) yesterday, a low of 82, and a high today of 103. All the while the wind is blowing at 20-30 m.p.h. with gusts to 40. Poor blooms last about an hour before either being torn to pieces or becoming shriveled like raisins! I'm just glad I can catch the small window of opportunity while they still look decent!
Nick, that's a great idea. My car is filthy so I think I'll do the same. We have a 60% chance of rain coming in a couple of days. Maybe I'll bribe my g kids to help me as they love any excuse to play in the hose.
Helena, great blooms. My Weird Purple Saz blooms came true for you, very pretty.
I am not sure what this cross is. It is supposed to be Mauve Splash or Sazanami. Must be a seed that was a cross. I remember that Sazanami didn't have much pollen, so I would cross it with whatever was blooming at the time and had pollen. Might be a cross with Pink Porcelain Blizzard. Sure looks like it! It will be interesting to see how the blooms may change as the vine ages.
I did a search to find out about the color of the Hikari. I found a photo of a Japanese seed packet and the color of the bloom looks like yours, Helena. Jackie, I didn't know for sure what color it was supposed to be either.
Helena - Your Black King are beautiful!!!! The color tones are different on each one of the vines. Very, very nice! That Pink Porcelain was a prolific bloomer for me every time I've grown it! Yours looks to be just as abundant in flowers! All are lovely!
But this other vine is showing some typically later patterning on it's early blooms. Will be interesting to see what the blooms progress to as the vine ages. It's gonna change, you can bet on it. This might be a cross of Sazanami and Mauve Splash (mother vine).
My I. purpurea higes are still going strong! They dropped some seeds and even more vines have sprouted. I am enjoying them and will let that pot of vines grow and bloom until the vines take their last breath! LOL!
Love your blooms today Helena, the Hana Hubuki x Choc Rose is awesome!!!
I love it and the Blue Star F.S cross too.
This is a tiny bloomer, less than 2 inches across. Just came up on it's own
mixed in with the wild bird sds would be my guess. The blue look to the throat is a
Thanks Jackie and Becky. Nice blooms Jackie, I love volunteers too.
Becky, I checked the label on that gray bloom and guess what? It's one of Antoinettes crosses of Rose Silk x Fuji Shibori. It has a dark gray bloom and a larger bloom with gray and stripes, dark & light colors hard for me to describe.
This one was a volunteer from last year's Akatsuki no Umi x Early call pink. It has the color of early call pink, but i has the white margin around it, plus it seems to have the large-flowered phenotype. Very Cool!
Helena - Love that last photo of yours! What a pretty vine and all those blooms. Loving all the other bloom photos, too! I envy all the vines you have growing outside in sunlight! The blooms are so much bigger than what I get grown indoors under lights. Keep posting those great photos!
Linda - What a BEAUTY!!!! Love it!
Jackie - Your Mauve Splash has similiar colors as the one I am growing! Did you ever get the intense blizzard pattern on any of your blooms?
Here are some from today. I know it's the same old cultivar, but I just love the odd color and all that blizzard patterns!
Linda, I love your Rosita. One of my favorites. Thats one I sent you?
Becky, I don't think I had such an intense blizzard effect but I was so happy with the Mauve Splash, esp since my front yard and back yard vines were making such
different blooms. When and if I get a few minutes, will go back and check out more of those blooms.
I love Pink Porcelain
Jackie - Your Mauve Splash produced those blooms just like mine. But mine progressed in that crazy, busy blizzard pattern. This time around, the one vine started off making the blizzard blooms right away instead of half way through it's life cycle. Maybe the seed came from a blizzard bloom? Quite possible!