Watermelon fruits! 西瓜結果了!

Watermelon fruits! 西瓜結果了!

Watermelon fruits! 西瓜結果了!

Watermelon fruits! 西瓜結果了!

Very easy to grow in full sun sandy soil.   Pollinate yourself from male flower to female flower then soon you will see the fruit grow quickly in hot summer!   Assume the soil is rich enough for melon to grow big otherwise you will end up with a small melon…    Fertilization is needed as soon as the melon is fruiting.

I am growing it with a big pot, but this summer wasn’t hot enough (and fall is coming quickly) for it to grow fast.. :(  Luckily it is just one of my experiments this year.  I still having fun.  :)

西瓜結果了!   西瓜是我今年的實驗之一,全日照,容易用砂質土栽種,越熱長速越快.  要記得授粉,母花一授了粉就要開始施肥瓜才會長的大,要不然瓜太小也不夠吃.

實驗是用大盆來種植不過今年夏天短又不夠熱,現在秋涼了,到時收成了實驗就結束.  還算好玩有成就感的農作物.

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule)– male flower and fruiting squash, ants are getting the nectar 佛手瓜雄花與所結的瓜, 螞蟻們在享用其花蜜

 

Chayote (Sechium edule) -- female flower 佛手瓜雌花

Chayote (Sechium edule) — female flower 佛手瓜雌花

Chayote (Sechium edule) is native in Mexico.  It is an annual vine.  Its shoots and fruit are vegetable.  Very easy to grow in any full sun to partial shade location in moist soil with support to cling on.  Plant has male and female flowers.   Male flower is small with 5 pale yellow petals and yellow centre.  Female flower with a tiny undeveloped mini squash.

Squash can be cooked for stir-fry, soup… Its fast growing tender shoots is great for stir-fry.

In late summer to fall the squash can be harvested when the outside layer is tender.   When squash got harvest late the outside layer is tough, when you cook the squash you will need to peel the layer.   There is a seed in the squash.   When you place the squash in sunny location such as window sill indoor, the seed will start to sprout.   Then you can plant the sprout squash in the pot or ground to grow.

佛手瓜是容易栽種生長快速的一年生草本藤蔓.  嫩莖葉可摘下炒食,稱為龍鬚菜.   雄花和雌花外觀不同,雌花有迷你的未授粉的小瓜很容易辨認,雄花則無小瓜連著.     瓜應在成熟後外皮尚嫩時收成,這時可連皮煮食;倘若收成太晚瓜皮變粗硬則應削皮再煮.  可炒或煮湯的很多料理的方法.

要種的話取成熟度較高外皮較硬的瓜,裡面的種子較為成熟適合用來種植.  將瓜放在有光線溫暖的室內靠窗處讓它裡面的種子發芽,發芽的瓜可以種在大盆或是地植在適當的地方,最好是全日照到半日照的環境,保濕並需有支架供其攀爬.  很快就有瓜可收成.

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) 酸漿

 It is also called bladder cherry, Japanese lantern, or winter cherry.  Very hardy and easy to grow perennial.   Best grow in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  Cold hardy and fast growing!  In summer it flowers small white flowers and in late summer the fruit turn orange, the berries inside is edible.  Good for cut flower.  USDA Zones:2-9.  Mature size:2′-3′(H) x 2′-3′(W).  It is easy to grow from seeds, cuttings or division.

它是非常強健的多年生草本植物.  以全日照到半日照處濕潤土壤種植最佳.  耐寒性佳,生長很快速!  夏開小白花後結果.  夏末果實如燈籠形由綠轉鮮橙色很具有觀賞價值.  漿果可以食用.  帶有成熟果實的枝條可用作切花花材.  成熟株高約2-3呎,寬幅為2-3呎.  容易栽種繁殖.  繁殖方式以種子,扦插,分株等方法.

 

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger')鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger')鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger')鹿角漆樹

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)鹿角漆樹

Very hardy shrub.  Its beautiful bright deep cut foliage stands out in the garden and its leaves turn yellowish green to orange red in fall, quite stunning!   Very easy to grow.

It prefers full sun location.  When it is in partial shade, its foliage turns darker green. USDA Zones:4-9.  Mature size:6′-8′(H) x 8′-10′(W).  It is easy to propagate by seeds, cuttings and division.

非常強健的觀葉灌木.  美麗的黃綠色深刻的葉片在秋天時會轉成鮮艷的橘紅色.  非常容易栽種.

喜歡全日照.  在半日照環境容易因光照不足而葉色變較綠,無法維持黃綠色葉色.  耐寒性佳.  成熟株高為6-8呎,寬幅為8-10呎.  容易以種子,扦插,分株來繁殖.

 

 

How to grow flowering raspberry from seeds 紫花覆盆子(Rubus odoratus)種子孵法

How to grow flowering raspberry from seeds 紫花覆盆子(Rubus odoratus)種子孵法

Flowers of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) 紫花覆盆子的花

Flowers of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) 紫花覆盆子的花

Fruit of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)紫花覆盆子的果實

Fruit of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)紫花覆盆子的果實

Seedlings of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)紫花覆盆子的小苗

Seedlings of Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)紫花覆盆子的小苗

Use fresh currant year’s seeds. Best growing time is fall, second best time is spring.
播種時間為新鮮種子秋播為主,春播次之.

You may sow directly if you have enough seeds to do so. Or:
方法很簡單,除了種子很多就直播外:

1.Use clean container which has clear lid. Fill the container with well drained medium, moist the medium but not saggy. You can also use hydrated pit moss nuggets.

1.用洗淨的外帶食物盒或杯子有透明蓋子或不完全透明但可透光的容器,使用排水佳的介質噴水或使濕潤但不積水的程度. 或有泥炭土餅的話也可以. 泥炭土餅的好處是可以從種子發芽到地植/或盆植換大盆前都不用移.

2.Sow seeds in certain space, do not cover the seeds. Cover with the lid to keep the humidity in the seeding container. Place the seeding container in partial shade location. Open the container to check the progress every couple of days. About 10 days to 3 weeks they will germinate.

Once the seeds sprout, move the sprouted seeds in a small pot, 1 or 2 seedlings a pot. Keep seedlings moist and place them in partial shade location. When seedlings grow 6-8 true leaves, you can transplant the seedlings into larger pot. Keep seedlings moist. You can fertilize these seedlings in this stage.

2.在一定間隔的距離下種子,不覆土. 加蓋後放半日照溫暖但不熱的環境下等約3週. 每隔幾天檢查,種子一發芽根不深時移到小盆,每2小棵一盆. 用小透明塑膠袋加空氣留成長空間放在半日照處到本葉長出到6-8片時地植或換較大盆. 換盆或地植後改為不封但持續保濕在半日照處. 可開始施肥.

3.You may want to plant them in the ground when plant is 1.5′-2′ tall. Use fertilizer to promote flowers and fruits. Or just simply use dried out weed/grass clipping and burry them as natural fertilizer. Plants will flower and fruit the next year.

Harvest fruit when fruit turn darker red. When in full sun location the plant is still OK but when it is too hot, it will be good to use shade netting to prevent plants gets over heated.

3.植株長到1.5-2呎高時可以地植就地植,施有機磷肥或將雜草曬乾死後埋進土中自然腐化成肥. 隔年成熟即可開花結果. 果實轉深紅變軟就可採收食用. 土壤肥份時產量不小. 全日照也可但夏天過熱時應加遮光網以降溫.

Plant has no thorns. Flowers and foliage both have fragrance. Maximum mature height can reach to 3 metres. It is better to keep plant trim for easy harvest and promote more shoots for flower in order to increase the crop.

全株無刺. 花葉均有香氣. 若不修剪的話可達3公尺高度. 應修剪刺激多分枝以使產量增加. 可做為綠籬.

Purple flowers can be cut flower. Its fruit smells fragrant, tastes with sweetness and balance with a bit nice acid. Although no shelf live–better finish them soon after you harvest the fruit. Very easy to grow them in shady location like between big buildings or balcony. No significant pest or diseases. Just watch out the moisture of the soil.

紫色的花可為切花. 此果實香酸甜,味道還不錯,可野放又無嚴重病蟲害,弱光處林下或建築物蔭下或陽台皆可生長,果期比草莓長,也比一般草莓少病蟲害,只要不要乾死就行. 唯獨果實不耐久放,應採收後當天或隔天就食用.

見圖:其花,葉與果實.

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn') 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn') 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn') 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn')  鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn')  鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora 'Sweet Autumn')  鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Clematis ‘Sweet autumn’ (Clematis terniflora ‘Sweet Autumn’) 鐵線蓮 ‘甜秋’

Super easy to grow, very hardy flowering vine! Best in full sun to partial shade location. Large amount of small white fragrant flowers from mid summer to frost. Flowers attract bees and butterflies. Flowers are good for cut flower. Its flowers have sweet fragrance similar with vanilla. I notice it is only noticeable when plant blooms large amount of flowers.

It is cold hardy and tolerant heat. USDA Zones:5-9. (But some believes it is 4-10/11.) Mature size:20-30′(H) x 1′(W). Easy to propagate from seeds, layering or cutting. It is tricky because thin stem (some people had done it) but it is possible to graft Clematis vine. Imagine a strong clematis vine with different varieties graft together, it will bloom almost whole year with different color flowers.. :)

Suggest Care: Cut back 1/3 in the early winter to promote more new shoots in spring.

超容易栽種,非常強健的蔓藤花卉! 以全日照到半日照處栽種為佳. 仲夏到結霜的這段時間是花期,開大量芳香的小白花,花香要花量夠多才會明顯,香甜的花香像是香草.

耐寒又耐熱. 成熟株高可達20-30呎,寬1呎. 容易以種子,壓條,扦插來繁殖. 雖然因其莖細,難度較高但是有人已做過,證明是可以嫁接鐵線蓮的.–想像一下粗壯的鐵線蓮可以一年到頭開不同顏色和品種的花.. :)

植株的維護建議:初冬時由開花處末端剪除三分之一,以刺激來春分枝以達到分化更多會開花的新芽.

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) 大花扶桑

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) 大花扶桑

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) This flower is measured 13.5". 大花扶桑 此朵花徑有34.3公分.

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) This flower is measured 13.5″. 大花扶桑 此朵花徑有34.3公分.

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) 大花扶桑

Dwarf hardy Hibiscus(Hibiscus moscheutos) This flower is measured 32 cm. 大花扶桑 此朵花徑有32公分.

I always happy to see its very large flowers in summer! It always wows my guests. This hardy perennial is very easy to grow in full sun location in any garden. This plant already been in my garden for many years, even though the plant tag said only to 3′ tall but today it is 7′ tall and 5′ wide! I did not do any winter protection for it. It is winter hardy type. USDA Zones:5-9. Mature size:3′-7′(H) x 3′-5′(W). Easy to propagate by seeds or cuttings.

非常大花的扶桑. 多年生夏天開花開到霜降. 來客看到都被它的超大花徑嚇到. 全日照的花園都能種植. 原本的花牌說高度只有3呎可是被我養到7呎高,5呎寬了! 我並沒有幫它做防冬的準備,根本是粗放種植. 喜熱耐寒. 成熟植株高應為3-7呎,寬幅為3-5呎. 容易以種子或扦插來繁殖. 花色基本上有白色,大紅色和粉紅色為主.