Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cute tiny miniatures

Nowadays, nurseries have come out with new versions and hybrids of a lot of flowers not only for orchids. Look at these two blooms, same type of flowers but different version. They are both morning glory, one is the normal size, while the other is a tiny miniature! Could not resist buying the plant last Hari Raya, although I have the normal one growing wild on my fence, as the tiny mini blooms look so cute and adorable.

compare the size..normal and miniature



so tiny and cute

Some features are a bit different though between the two. The normal size morning glory the flower form a long tube so that the stamens are concealed inside the tube. The bees, the main polinators, will have to go half way inside, in order to pollinate the flowers or collect the nectar. While the miniatures, the stamens are right outside the petals and I think the bees are definitely bigger than the flower!


see the tiny plant, all balled up in a small pot for hanging




However, both flowers will only last for 2 days the most, will change to pinkish/light purple around the edges, close off their petals and drop off. In order to have lasting blooms on the plant, they have to be 'deadhead' just like petunia, in order for new buds to form. To maintain the overall structure of the plant, you have to make sure the creeper entwine each other and form into a ball. What else the nurseries will come out with next!

19 comments:

A Year In My Garden said...

Very pretty - a beautiful blue - I will keep a look out for these as I think they should grow here

Orchid de dangau said...

Both are beautiful, but I prefer the mini version, so cute and the color ore bright.

Malar said...

Both are pretty morning glory! I still remember those days when i was schooling, there were many of this flowers on my school gate! Very lovely flowers!

One said...

I remember you fancy cute mini pots/vases too, right? 2 days isn't that bad. Hibiscus only last for one day. I like the ball look.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Pretty bloom colour. I think a lot of miniatures one are available nowadays to cater for people who love gardening but don't have much space.

milka said...

Morning glory has become one of my favorite plants now because it has almost no pest. I'm still looking for the blue/purple morning glory like yours in the nursery. Your morning glories are stunning!
By the way, i don't see any seed inside the flowers (seed pods) of my elephant ears plant. Sorry, i'm not good in collecting seeds!

rainfield61 said...

So I shall see those miniature Morning Glories in the wild very soon...

p3chandan said...

AYIMG, yes they are pretty in blue, though not sure whether they can grow at your place there.

Makarimi, Malar.. I love them both for their bright blue colour. Malar morning glory used be weeds growing on the roadside, but now they are grown and sold in nurseries.

Yes One, I love cute things sometimes, but I love normal size things too!:)

Diana thank you, maybe you are right, because of the space constraint, they develop miniature plants, flowers and trees!

Milka, its ok about the seeds. If only you are very near here, I could try and propagate the morning glory for you, though I havent done it before. Its quite risky to send plants by the mail, they might get crushed or die on the way..

Rainfield, I hope not because there's too many plants growing wild on my fence - morning glory, pokok sireh and weeds!

milka said...

If i stay near to your house, i would want not only morning glory you know.., LOL. Thank you for the thought anyway. I will search for myself in the local nurseries, and i think i will treasure the plant more if i found one. Susah susah dapat, mesti treasure sikit ler.. hehe.

Bangchik said...

Terung somehow has similar flower, with petals fused together forming umbrella like flower. Even colour is similar... The plant above should look nice in a hanging pot...

p3chandan said...

Milka, I dont mind if you want a bit of everything in my garden..:)

Yes Bangchik, the flower look almost similar except that this one is really small and the colour is blue while eggplant flower is light purple and it is actually grown in a pot for hanging.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I really love morning glories. They are one of my favorite blue plants. I always grow them from seed. I like this little one very much and I never heard of it before now. I will be looking in to it, thanks.

p3chandan said...

Hi Donna, now the nurseries here came up with this miniature morning glory. They are so cute and tiny.

debsgarden said...

I have a real fondness for morning glories, as they remind me of my childhood when we had them growing on our fence. The new tiny ones are very cute!

Stephanie said...

I like that miniature one better... cute and pretty. I thought to getting it the other day. I am still thinking about though... ha ha... budget budget... and space in my garden ;-) Have a great day p3chandan!

kitchen flavours said...

The blue is very pretty. Certainly brightens up any corners!

p3chandan said...

Deb, Steph, kitchen flavours..thank you they are indeed very pretty and cute. Steph, they dont occupy too much space 'cos they are in a pot, you can either hang it or put in a corner.

Rebecca said...

I love the miniature one-I think I'll add this to a container this year.. Great post-thanks for sharing!

Sunray said...

I do like the miniatures. There is always space for them.

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