Friday, July 21, 2006

Morning Glory ‘Heavenly Blue’
Ipomoea tricolor
(ip-oh-MEE-uh) (TRY-kull-lur)
1/60 sec. F/5.4
Nikon Coolpix 8400

This plant was supposed to be ‘Star of Yelta’, which is a dark purple and red stripe Morning Glory. This is getting to be a pet peeve of mine. There have been several plants this year that were marked wrong. The ‘Star of Yelta’ was going to be a nice foil for some white petunias but it didn’t work out that way. 'Heavenly Blue' looks nice with the petunias, but it is just not as dramatic. Anyway, it is hard to mad at this plant as each morning it greets me with a dazzling array of beautiful blue. I decided to mix in a Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) and that really livened things up a bit. They are happy twisting around each other.

There are 68 species in the genus, a lot of which are considered invasive. The Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas) is among the species.

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