Kachinagirl and tazzy, thanks VERY much for the compliments. The photo was something of a happy accident; snapped a quick pic while trying to photograph my roses - turned out to be the only keeper.
Kachinagirl, it is my understanding that the Blue Satin cultivar produces a more reliable blue color and was based on a seed from Blue Bird; hence Blue Satin is, reportedly, an "improved" Blue Bird. (Note: I have seeds from plant in picture, if interested. See comment below.)
keep, good news is I stuffed my pockets with seed pods while in garden and am happy to share. Bad new is literature indicates Blue Bird does not reliably reproduce blue color from seed. (That said, note that Blue Satin was derived from Blue Bird seed, so it is possible.) Of 5 plants I grew from Blue Bird seed, 4 were pale lavendar, 1 was blue-lavendar but not as blue as parent. However, they did bloom 1st year while still in pot, so it is possible to grow a number of them and pick the best one. Literature indicates stem cuttings are most reliable; can share these as well.
If youíre willing to share, hope Iím not intruding, I will send you a trade list.
That flower is just gorgeous! And it sounds like anything from the seed would be too, and might I ask, how do you get the seeds from this rose of Sharon? I have a white one and want to plant more on the property but never can find the seed? Lol I donít have seedlings because it is planted between my garages in the concrete lol A little birdie did that for me I think . A little birdie might be taking the seed away too lol
Here is a photo of the blooms from a seedling from Bluebird. Sorry that the flowers are closed, but you can see the color. Also note, while not visible in the photo, I've found that the seedlings tend to grow much taller/faster. The parent (Bluebird) was about 10-12" high and in a 2qt container when I got it about 5yrs ago and is now about 2ft high x 1.5ft wide. The seedlings are about 4yrs old and 6-7ft high despite having been cut back several times.
Also, note the seed pods top and bottom right. These start to appear around mid summer here. By fall the plant is pretty much covered in them.
Here is a recent photo of a bloom from Bluebird. It's a lousy photo for sure and taken in poor lighting, but it gives some idea as to color. This photo was taken with the same camera as the seedling photos.
No, it's a light lavendar. The color in the 1st photo of seedlings is the most accurate. The 2nd photo probably wasn't a good choice but was the only decent photo I could find showing the open flower. (Will discuss trade in Dmail)
Edited to say that upon looking at the 2nd photo again, I'm not sure about the color. I have 2 seedlings. It's possible that the 2 photos are of different seedlings. I don't think of either of the (actual) seedlings as a pink, but one might be a pink-lavendar.