OP Mutabilis seedlings


Strange little greenish-white double with green (vegetative? Secondary bud?) centre. There already another bud, so I’ll have a few opportunities to judge the wee bugger, but it isn’t hideous.
There’s another half dozen in bud, and I’ll drop them into this thread as they come.

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How often do OP Mutabilis seedlings come double btw? Anybody?

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Cute. Much darker on the back of the petals, and the front fades rather quickly to a barely-creamy shade. I’m noticing a lot of similarities in general plant shape between the OP ‘Mutabilis’ & OP ‘François Juranville’, which makes some sense as they are growing right beside each other.

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Don’t look at the foliage!!! We had April temps and ALL of April’s rain in May this season, I don’t spray as a rule, and Black Spot ran rampant. I hates it, but c’est la vie, non!?

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Nice long bud with deep colour on a very smooth stem, still lil prickles under the leaf though.
And a pair of buds on a sibling that is lightly prickled. Both these seedlings are very lanky compared to the others.

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Ooh! NICE. Dark coral-tinted “almost red”, with some deepening of pigments where the sun hits! I like it, like, A LOT.

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It’s been overcast and/or raining for the last few days. It’s at least a bit warmer at night, so BS isn’t spreading as wildly as it might be…
But still, first-blooms happen! I like the colour here, but the bud feels thin again, so likely a simple five-petal flower. On the plus side, it’s stems are completely smooth so far.

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The “little green-eyed monster” that started this thread is about to bloom again, and is showing the vegetative centre (you can see the first bloom’s still-green centre near my pinky finger). It may be time to cull it out, although it is a healthy wee bugger with plenty of branches from the base, and seems clean of diseases so far too.

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Aaaand it opened! Nice and round, charming colour. So far, this is the only seedling that had set a cluster (well, two buds) at the terminus of the growth. Worth seeing what it does from here I’d say.

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Second bloom from seedling number two. Still double, MUCH paler in the heat. Still a very dwarf plant, as are a few others I suspect to be ‘Mutabilis’ x ‘François Juranville’, in both directions.

BTW, I yanked out the wee Green-eyed Monster seedling. The second flower was uglier than the first, and though it was readily setting MORE BUDS, I felt it’s time had come. RIP.

I heard on a gardening program a lady who claimed that mutabalis helped make Emma Bridgewater hence it’s colour changing abilities. Anyone know if this is true?



These two seedlings (one from a Mutabilis hip and the other from a ‘François Juranville’ hip) MUST BE hybrids between the two, right? They are so similar, except in growth-habit; Mutabilis-borne is tall and slender, FJ-borne is widely branched.
I want to cross the two and see the variation.
Thoughts?

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One more first-bloom from the OP; one of the guard petals seems to have taken a hit from bacteria or fungus. The bud feels thin again, so probably another single.

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Well the joke is on me!! Thin bud had more going on than I knew; was a nice golden-yellow this morning, now faded to cream.
There are only seven (?) seedlings left in the OP Mutabilis row, and I think there are two slackers that have yet to give a bloom.

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This single lovely is a BEAST & a Beauty. Strong basal branching and every one tipped in buds. Definitely a keeper for now!

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