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Old 03-02-2011, 06:29 PM
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:37 PM
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I'm a few weeks behind you! So gorgeous! Gotta love those Bella's!
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:38 PM
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Thanks Diane, bali and Xeo! Yep, I think I'm in love too with flowering maples. 'Bella Red' has plenty more buds as well. We'll see what color they bring. It will be interesting to see what color the blooms will be with 'Marilyn's Choice' abutilon as well. I'll keep yall posted.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:52 PM
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Flowerdazed - your plants are beautiful. Such a lovely plant.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:20 PM
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OMG...these are sooooooo pretty!!!! Thanks for the pics...or maybe curses for the pics...cuz I think you put a hex on me!!!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:02 PM
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Hi swamplady, thanks. These plants just 'knock my socks off'.

Hey mcole, no hex here, just good stuff and good vibes for you! Michele, do you see abutilons for sale your way? I can't seem to find them locally. I bought the striatum out of town last year to replace the one I lost from the previous winter. I was so glad to find that one. My variegated thompsonii I have been having for some 4 years. I have to say this year is her best. I had some 'training' to do with her tho. 'Marilyn's Choice' was purchased at N.O.Botanical Gardens last fall. Our N. O. Botanical Gardens Spring show is April 2nd and ya know I'll be there.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:31 PM
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You might be wanting to take a cutting of the "off" shoot and rooting it and see if it keeps the off color. Might have a new sport there and we could call it "Abutilon Fowerdazed".

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:04 PM
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that's funny Xeo! Tell me more about 'sports' and how they come to be please.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:05 PM
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I was serious about Abutilon Flowerdazed. Essentially a "Sport" is a part of a plant that is physically different from the rest of the plant and in some cases, if it's stable and doesn't revert back to the original it can be classified as a new cultivar.

Sports occur when during DNA replication there is an error or mutation.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:09 PM
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Oh, okay Xeo. This sounds exciting! On one separate segment of the brush, (larger of the two segments or branches) there are buds. On that section is where the lighter color of pink showed. Now on the other segment (for lack of a better word) is where the rose color bloomed. There are buds on both segments of this bush. What would you say to that? Still a 'sport' possibly? I will keep yall posted.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:46 PM
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Okay, just went out and checked again. I want to make this more clearer.
There are three separate stems and a baby stem from the base of the plant. Two of the three stems have buds.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:23 PM
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You'll want to take a cutting from the stems that have the off color flowers .. as long as all flowers on that stem are "off". As I said earlier, it could be just a temperature change.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:07 PM
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Okay then XEO, sounds good. The two stems each have buds. We'll see what colors each stem will bloom and take it from there. Thanks
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:59 PM
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Today proved a bit interesting for colors/color changes.

Let's start with 'Marilyn's Choice'. I have to report that she is back to her old self in color.
I snapped this pic yesterday.

And today, her bud opened fully.


'Bella Red' aka 'Abutilon flowerdazed' , had her second bloom on one of the stems showing the same color as the first bloom on same stem.


In the meantime, these are just blowing in the wind looking like they are enjoying their days.


It is truly amazing to see their show, particularly a. striatum, the latter of the pictures.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:37 PM
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Stop! I'm drooling on my keyboard! Lol. So pretty!
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