Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Sunny Delight

a super-small abutilon hybrid

Can you guess the diameter of this flower? Oh, well, it started off with 1,5 inches (about 3 cm), but then reached 2 inches (5 cm), with the size of the whole plant being also slightly taller than 2 inches.

Yes, I'm getting there -- slowly but steadily hybridizing a super-compact, mini-, dwarf-, micro-, nano- (or whatever you want to call it) abutilon. I have a couple more hybrids that aren't blooming yet which demonstrate the same compact tendencies. Wait and see!

Sometimes I think that this wish to have a pretty, tiny plant has something to do with my hypopituitarism -- with me being short and loving it that way. Or maybe wanting to prove it to the world that something (or someone) non-standard, non-fitting within the conventional framework, exceptional -- can be exceptionally good and much wanted... Maybe I'm trying to instill tolerance in insidious ways -- via abutilons...

compact abutilon hybrid 2014

Anyway, here are some more of my abutilon hybridization results of this year AND much awaited well-known hybrid of abutilon megapotamicum 'Ines' ... blooming indoors, St. Petersburg, Russia.

I had a number of sunny hybrids like this one
just a showy red, my hybrid 2014
my new hybrid, 2014
abutilon hybridum megapotamicum 'Ines'

abutilon hybridum megapotamicum 'Ines'
I would love to read your comments! Let's share experience.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Full Bloom

abutilon 'Ella' and my dog

It's autumn up here, which means it's not so hot anymore, and there's still enough sunlight. Abutilons on my enclosed balcony are in full bloom -- and when I say in full bloom, I really mean it: they demonstrate their maximum (for this latitude) corolla size.

Abutilon 'Ella"
'Ella' is especially delightful this year -- and I'm delighted, too. I think I managed to capture its airy character with a bit of natural light. So, here are some more photographs...

abutilon 'Ella'

abutilon 'Ella'
Barasha and 'Ella' -- again