Category Archives: Looking for the Blue (s)

Sequences Of Blue, As In Master Atiu’s Blue

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In my home I became used to see blue hibiscuses . After a few years , Moorea Dark Kiss had become a common flower,  until her picture was posted to the Internet for the first time. That was the moment when I realized that I am the creator of an unique flower, realizing it was me the first one that I got the most intense blue color seen on any hibiscus. But to be understood, for me it is nothing more than a flower with a beautiful color, exceptional , of course, but nothing more than that.  For me, all flowers are beautiful and all colors are exceptional. And I say this because only time and experience have turned me into a hybridizer .

The next step was to try all possible combinations for obtaining the darkest blue . As I often say, my motto is to imagine the unthinkable. Once I got it, I’m sure that a new challenge is waiting for me .

So many episodes, and all so fascinating. It remains to be seen if the unthinkable will become reality someday !

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

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1310--914 Moorea Angel Or Devil111815-161720192321-272627-Moorea Queen of My Soul2821-25

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Lavender Blue in LMMA Blooms

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Incredible shades of lavender blue in this newest Charles ATIU blooms from New Charles Atiu Collection.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

LMMA Tears For FearsLMMA JeremiahLMMA Forbidden EuphoriaLMMA Betty Blue

 

Details about the parentage of these cultivars can be found on IHS – at letter “L”

http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/SEArchive/K/cvindex1.php?letter=l

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis cultivars

internationalhibiscussociety.org

The Master of Blue Hibiscuses – Charles Atiu (II)

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Moorea Road to Inferno

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Motto: Imagine the unthinkable!

Being so rare and hard to get, blue is the more sought after color by hybridizers, and by hibiscus lovers especially.  The story continues from where Master Atiu  obtained his first intense blue : Moorea Dark Kiss …

With time , I learned to dominate this color, incorporating it into most of my hybrids . And so, by crossing two completely different colors , I managed to get the blue color again.

In my home I became used to see blue hibiscuses . After a few years , Moorea Dark Kiss had become a common flower,  until her picture was posted to the Internet for the first time. That was the moment when I realized that I am the creator of an unique flower, realizing it was me the first one that I got the most intense blue color seen on any hibiscus. But to be understood, for me it is nothing more than a flower with a beautiful color, exceptional , of course, but nothing more than that.  For me, all flowers are beautiful and all colors are exceptional. And I say this because only time and experience have turned me into a hybridizer .

The next step was to try all possible combinations for obtaining the darkest blue . As I often say, my motto is to imagine the unthinkable. Once I got it, I’m sure that a new challenge is waiting for me .

So many episodes, and all so fascinating. It remains to be seen if the unthinkable will become reality someday !

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

For sure, master’s desire was fulfilled. It is enough to look at the several hundred blue hybrids which he created.  And at the darkest of all – the one shown at the beginning of the article –  Moorea Road to Inferno.

Selection of Blue hybrids:

Aroha B.F. IF

Moorea Aroha Belle Fille                                                       Moorea Angel or Devil

IF Moorea Blue Arina

Moorea Autumn Day                                                   Moorea Blue Arina

Moorea Blue Jay Moorea Laurent Nisen

Moorea Blue Jay                                                       Moorea Laurent Nissen

Moorea True Love IF

Moorea True Love                                                          Moorea Mangy Blue

Moorea Winter in Romania

Moorea Winter in Romania

3   Moorea Parisian Chic

Moorea Water Veil                                                                         Moorea Parisian Chic

The quest towards the Blue (part one)

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Moorea Mamie Blue                                                             Moorea Cerena

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       Moorea Dark Kiss

Moorea Clara B.   Moorea Fondness

Moorea Clara B.                                                                                  Moorea Fondness

Moorea Enchanted Skies      Moorea Mama Kiss

Moorea Enchanted Skies                                                                     Moorea Mama Kiss

Moorea Mamie Blue fascinated me … But I wanted a darker blue. I began to make crosses using Moorea Mamie Blue as carrier. I used all the flowers in my garden . The one I consider it special amongst them was Wallflower, as I guest in it the potential to help me achieve my (blue!) dreams.

I kept and sowing all seeds resulting from crossings between Moorea Mamie Blue and Wallflower. This was the first step: to find one that will result in a darker blue. Of all the flowering seedlings resulting from those seeds , I chose one that I called Moorea Cerena , a flower quite common, less beautiful than the rest. However, my intuition dictated me to use Moorea Cerena in order to get blue flowers .

I wanted at all costs to get that blue color as quickly as possible, despite my limited knowledge about hybridization at the time. I had to rely again on my intuition, that tiny voice existing  in the mind of everyone. In any case, it was the merit of intuition rather than science when I chose Moorea Cerena to get blue flowers. I only had to find and how to do it, and as is often said , “practice makes perfect.”

After completing the steps of crossing and sowing the seedlings , I only had to wait for my new flowers!

Among them was one that I later called Moorea Dark Kiss. It was a complete success ! After three generations of seedlings , the flower of my dreams came out!  I could not recover from my astonishment, but it was right there,  in front of my eyes! Occasionally, the flowers had  a darker tint, giving a violet-grey impression. Some other times, it was closer to blue.

I knew then that hybridizers around the world were looking for the same thing as I did. And they were completely unaware neither of my existence, nor of Moorea Dark Kiss.

To be continued.

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

For your viewing pleasure, enclosed some more blue creations of Master Atiu

IF              Moorea Eccentric Blue

Moorea Dream of An Angel                                               Moorea Eccentric Blue

Moorea Pentru Tine  IF

Moorea Pentru Tine                                                                             Moorea Princess Mona

Moorea Princess Sima      IF

Moorea Princess Sima                                                                       Moorea Libellule Bleu

The birth of a great hibiscus – Moorea Mamie Blue

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With the two local varieties at hand and the other 30 purchased from abroad, master Atiu was at the beginning of an experience that was to take him to the top of the pyramid, through the number and quality of Moorea hybrids obtained over a lifetime. If in 2010 he said that after the hybrid with the number 7000 he stopped counting, in 2014 we can talk about a brand new Moorea collection, currently under preparation, which in itself counts over 10,000 hybrids ! Beyond these figures one can only guess the titanic work of this Master, which continues his story as follows:

“All seemed very clear to me when looking at the flowers, but I still needed to have a local hybrid! And finally, I found one! Just one. It had no name, but because it was already sold by a good friend of mine, I called it after him, using his initials : PMC (Petit Marron Capo ). With this flower , I started my life as a hybridizer .

Using pollen from imported plants I started pollinate Petit Marron Capo. Each flower that showed up was pollinated! Inside me, I felt the desire to create flowers as beautiful as those of Palmer’s Hibiscus . When first seed capsule ripened, the joy I felt was immense. I had reached the first stage of my work!

After I planted the seeds, I waited several days to see them sprouting – my own creations! As time passed I perfected my art. Until one day, when two flowers that were completely different  by color and intensity appeared between my creations. Both were the result of interbreeding Petit Capo Marron and Blue Bayou , and I called them Moorea Mamie Blue and Moorea Rehu. At that time, Moorea Mamie Blue was the closest to blue flower that I had in my collection. From here started the desire to get flowers in shades of blue.  As for Moorea Rehu, it was the first brown flower I got when I still did not imagine that such colors could exist .

Since then, I have dedicated most of my time to color and shape of Moorea hybrids.”

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

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                                                             Moorea Mamie Blue                                                     Moorea Rehu