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Postby leafmould » Mar 31, 2007 9:03 am

:P This bloom has caused quite a stir, Some experts flew over here just to see this seedling ! It was warm enought to take it outside for a thorough exam....The judgement is in, this flower looks black.

Kevin Vaughn wrote in the retrospective issue of the Hosta Journal, volume 36 number 1

" Hosta blossoms contain a glycoside of malvidin, one of the most structurally complex of the anthocyanin pigments. Based on what has taken place in other genera, mutations affecting the synthesis of the pigment are possible that could result in true blue, true scarlet, and pink blossoms. A sport of 'Gold Edger' was recently discovered by Paul Aden, with significantly more pink blossoms than the original. This may represent a mutation from malvidin to peonidin (the pigment of peonies).
Clearly, the potential variability of blossom color has not been touched in Hosta. We may have more colours than are now available in daylilies."

I have already isolated the red colour and many that look pink, but blue ? depends on how the light hits it.

This black bloom looks to be black in most light conditions on the outer corollae and only in the interior can you see purple with macro photography under intense light.

I have a group of hybrid seedlings with bright yellow foliage colours with 'Black Star' type pigment on the flowers..( 'Texas Tea') think Beverly Hill billys, ('Black Gold')
The addition of pollen from this black one will push them over the edge.
Can you imagine a large grouping of hot yellow seedlings, all blooming at once with coal black blooms.?
next summer !!!
Because of the dark colour of these blooms, the background seems to be darker and the camera focuses on the lighter background, leaving the flower blurry. Anyways, I took some shots using a white back ground and one where it sits.
Jim from the Hills, excited in the Dungeon :lol:
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Postby leafmould » Mar 31, 2007 9:06 am

8-)
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Postby NWhosta4life » Mar 31, 2007 9:41 am

thats sweet jim :cool:
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Mar 31, 2007 10:07 am

You grow the most amazing seedlings, LM, and I love you to pieces for showing them to us. :D
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Postby thehostagourmet » Mar 31, 2007 10:20 am

Great! Those look almost spidery. How about 'Black Widow'? Any H. yingeri or H. laevigata in their background?

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Postby renaldo75 » Mar 31, 2007 11:24 am

8-) 8-) 8-)

The names will be almost limitless for those. 8-) Like tapping a new vein in a goldmine. :P

You'd better name one of the yellow ones with solid black blooms 'Hawkeye Black & Gold'. 8-) That'll be a big seller with some of us here in the Hawkeye state anyway. Those of us who aren't 'Clones. :wink: [Guess you can always do a red & gold one for them.]
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Postby thy » Mar 31, 2007 4:16 pm

:cool: :cool: :cool: Fantastisk :D

Can you imagine a large grouping of hot yellow seedlings, all blooming at once with coal black blooms.?
next summer !!!

Sure can, but can't ask for that much- one will be fine :wink:

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Postby Justaysam » Mar 31, 2007 5:42 pm

Great work LM! All that hard work is starting to pay off! I really want to see that one with the white throat too, or the one that is white with the dark edge you showed us bud pics of. Please.
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Postby caliloo » Mar 31, 2007 6:39 pm

OMG LM

Those are just breathtaking! Thank you so very much for sharing photos of your work. It is just inspiring....

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Postby eastwood2007 » Mar 31, 2007 11:31 pm

Those flowers are amazing!!!!! You have alot to be excited about! :D
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Postby Linda P » Apr 01, 2007 6:53 am

:o :o :o
Great work!
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Postby Nathalie23 » Apr 01, 2007 9:38 am

:beer: :cool: :o
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Postby Tigger » Apr 02, 2007 10:19 am

Very cool. Crossing fingers for fertility!
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Postby hostavalley » Apr 02, 2007 10:39 am

Amazing stuff.... Jim :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
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Postby Libby » Apr 02, 2007 11:07 am

How did I miss this! :roll: Spending too much time drooling over 'something different'. I'm in awe, speechless - the color is simply magnifico for lack of better words :wink:
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