Sunday, September 17, 2006

Mina Lobata, partie deux!

Yet another updated post on Mina lobata, which I introduced last week ... And in response to a few requests to show it in wider view, here are a few shots I also got late this afternoon. Unfortunately most of the ones I took were blurry due to the lively breezes at the time, I think these give a better impression of the overall effect this spectacular vine displays on the ugly old jungle gym in the middle of the vegetable garden ...

I've still not gotten the "perfect" shots of this plant yet, but wanted to put some wider views up while it's still in its glorious prime. It's hard to describe the colorful splash you get when seeing this from across the yard ... the best I can come up with right now is that in a sunny view, it looks as if multicolored spires emerge from a mass of deep green foliage ... then you get closer and can discern the gradations of color on the individual flowers ....

I'm really impressed with this plant this year and I'm already thinking of other areas where we could plant more of this come next year ... I'm just hoping that it's as generous as its cousins the morning glories in terms of producing lots of seeds and volunteering the following year. Alas, we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out ... but we're sure enjoying it right now!

8 comments:

Family Man said...

For some reason when I first saw the pictures I thought, Oh God, he's got Kudzu. Now there's a plant I think I could grow. :)

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Lol, I know better than to unleash Kudzu around here! This is a much prettier, more benign vine who knows when to pack it up come cold weather ... besides I don't think Kudzu could take the winters here, but I could be wrong on that one. We have something analogous though... Crown Vetch, which was originally introduced to help with erosion on slopes along the roads. Now it's so invasive, you don't want it anywhere near sneezing distance of your garden. Which reminds me... a few years ago a less savvy gardener friend of mine wanted to give us some starts from her yard... she described this "lovely ground cover with pink flowers that grows anywhere" -- I asked what it was and she said Crown Vetch. Nuh, uh. That stuff's not coming over to our place, no way! But you do remind me of a conversation I had with Olivia a while back where she suggested I do a post on "mistakes" we had planted in the garden ... of those we have many, so I think I should do it one of these days! Seems like every gardener has at one point (or many) planted something that took over to one's regret ... I can easily think of about 4 things off the top of my head, lol. Something to keep in mind for future posts, hehe.

Glad to see ya stopping by FM, and hope the homefront is improving in all respects!

olivia said...

Thanks for the full views IVG! This looks like a great plant, w/ those wonderfully unique flowers and the colours too.

This one is definitely going on The List. :)

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