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Debra - Those beautiful blooms were well worth the wait! I love the one from Jackie and the kikyo that reminds me of Karen2005's blooms! Your waterlilies look pretty good in that one photo. Are you still fertilizing them? They may need more fertilizer pellets if they aren't getting very big. Mine are quite large and blooming like crazy. Mine are also in full sun all day long.
Jackie - Lavender Beauty is a beauty! Thanks for starting a new thread. :-)
Jackie - Thank you! My eyes are hazel, but often reflect the color from my surroundings. In the photo, the blue probably came from the sky! LOL! Or perhaps the very bloom I was photographing! ;-) I am so partial to the speckled blooms. I really love the Blue Speckles. Especially the ones on this new vine. Larger blooms than the previous generation. :-)
Debra - The Purple Flaked I. purpurea is my favorite I. purpurea whether it be in full petal form or in hige/split form. I love your PF hige bloom! So sorry to hear about the heat wave affecting you! I hope you get some much needed rain in the immediate future!
Helena - Good to see you back! We missed all your gorgeous blooms! Looks like your dh took excellent care of your vines while you were gone! :-)
I love the Tsukiyono, Antoinettes Rose Silk x Fuji Shibori cross, and the Pink Star x choco mix cross! WOW!!!! And the others aren't too shabby either! You rock this season, Helena! I should've grown more MGs outdoors this year. Next year for sure! Rust fungus, bugs, and what not ... so worth it for even a few blooms and seeds! :-)
Helena, we are so glad you're back. Hope you had a great visit.
Love your beautiful blooms. The Fuji no Monet not is lovely in its own right. It's
actually Purple Fuji .
I love the colors on your Blue Tie Dye, Gorgeous Pink Star x Choco mix
The Tsujiyono is really special and A's Rose Silk x Fuji Shibori is very pretty.
My sd of that cross didn't take but still a nice bloom.
Thanks Becky and Debra. LOL Debra, yes me too. Still waiting on tons of others. Hope yours
start blooming soon. I think many of us are having to wait due to the 20 degree drop we had in temps back in May. We went from highs in the 90's to the 70's and it lasted for over 2 weeks. I think it shocked my
Helena, wonderful blooms. How nice to see a Chachamaru bloom.
Your 1st bloom, is that Blushing Bride?, whatever it is , it's a beauty.
My Blushing Bride tried to open this morning. I don't know what to make of all the deformed 1st blooms
I;m getting. And now, deformed blooms on my no Mai too after they were normal yesterday.
My top bloom was fine but the prettier dark pink one was all messed up.
This bloom is from my Weird Saz sds, the one on the front porch last yr, the prettiest of all my blooms.
This is a lighter color, not the almost turquoise like last yrs blooms. I like it anyway cause I love the pattern.
Adina - So glad you found this thread and reposted your pretty blooms! They are beautiful, but not nearly as cute as that grandson of yours! :-)
Debra, Helena, & Jackie - Drooling over all your beautiful blooms! What a sight for sore eyes! Not much in the way of blooms here at all. My indoor vines must be resting up for the next big bloom flush or dying back. LOL! And my outdoor blooms have been pelleted by rain, so pretty sad to see no MG blooms here currently.
Jackie - My first bloom or two often come out deformed too. But luckily, subsequent blooms will be shaped as they should. :-) Many of my crosses don't come true from seeds. Actually most won't be exactly like the mother vine, so it's always a surprise to see what each year brings. Thank goodness for photos to preserve those blooms forever! :-)
Helena - Love your volunteer! :-)
Debra - Love your little Fuji bloom! Nice color on that one!
Debra - I love your Youjiro/Fuji (spoked) blooms! Especially that light lavender one! What beautiful blooms all of them!
Jackie - I agree.
Y'all - I am pretty much over the name game. Seems many don't come true from seeds because of being crossed or a recessive gene shows up in future generations. I can honestly say that probably the majority of mine will not come true from seeds. Many will be crosses and some will show other characteristics that didn't show up in the original vine. To me they are probably better categorized by Youjiro, Kikyo, Akatsuki (Dawn), Hama (Beach), Heian, Hige, and the rest fall into a descriptive series such as Fujishibori (speckles), Blizzards, or etc. The ones that do seem to come close to true may continue to be labeled by the Japanese name, but my experience has been that many are likely not true either. I've gotten seeds in the original seed packets from Japan and still got some surprises! Which of course is the wonder of I. nils, IMHO! Love those surprises!
Species names are the only true name and even then, some rare seeds may be a cross between species. http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/Asagao/Yoneda_DB/E/species/hybrids.html I know many here have gotten seeds labeled one thing, yet got something totally different or unlike the mother vine. So ... are names really a good indicator of a vine cultivar ... Especially for I. nils? Probably not. That's my personal opinion about the name game. Maybe that is why Kyushu University assigns their vines numbers instead of names! LOL!
Helena - Beautiful blooms! I am excited to hear that you are getting ready to grow some more! I need to start a few in some small cups and transplant them into the 5 gallon buckets. I am about ready to remove the edibles and start adding some MGs! :-)
Jackie - I love the Blushing Bride bloom! WOW!!!!! So pretty! That split second is looking good, too! Way to go!
Thanks Jackie, no that is from my mauve star mix which has some blooms with blizzard and stripes. I guess it's a cross, it's also more of a bell shape and never opens wide like other blooms. It's a neat bloom and I like growing it.
I love your blooms that have changed colors Helena.
Starting a new thread.
Girl, I wish you could send me some rain, temps 100 or more every day
I finally got smart and spread newspapers on the kitchen floor, carried in my
potting mix and a stool and repotted in the ac, so much better. :-)