Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum) 美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹

Cobweb Hen-and-chicks has unique look!  I like the cobweb look.  It is rather hardy and easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun location.  USDA Zones:5-9.  Mature size:3″-6″(H) X 1′-1.5′(W).    Easy to propagate by division.
美莎卷絹/蜘蛛網卷絹這種多肉小球長著獨特的"蜘蛛網", 依據溫度和日照會變色如花牌所示.  耐寒且耐熱性不錯又容易栽種.  成熟株高3-6吋,寬幅1-1.5呎(不過通常都先被分株了)  容易以分株來繁殖.

Canna Lily (Canna indica) 美人蕉

Canna Lily (Canna indica) 美人蕉

Canna Lily (Canna indica) 美人蕉

Canna Lily flowers. (Canna indica) 美人蕉的花.

Canna Lily foliage. (Canna indica) 美人蕉的葉

Canna Lily foliage. (Canna indica) 美人蕉的葉

Canna Lily seed pods.(Canna indica) 美人蕉結的種莢.

Canna Lily seed pods.(Canna indica) 美人蕉結的種莢.

This tropical perennial is value with its flowers and foliage.  It reminds me the summer in Taiwan!  Very easy to grow and propagate.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil.  Propagate by seeds, bulbs/rhizomes or division.  USDA Zones:8-11.  Mature size:3′-6′(H) X 1′-1.5′(W).

這個喜濕熱環境的多年生植物可觀花+觀葉.  它令我想起台灣的夏天!  非常容易栽種與繁殖.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處種在濕潤的土壤中.  繁殖以種子/分球/分株來進行.

Red Butterfly Wing (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草

Red Butterfly Wing (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草

Red Butterfly Wing seed pods and seeds. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草的種莢與種子.

Red Butterfly Wing seed pods and seeds. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草的種莢與種子.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗.

Red Butterfly Wing seedling foliage is bigger and more like a wing shape. (Christia vespertilionis) 蝙蝠草/飛機草小苗葉片開始變大越有型.

Very interesting shape of foliage.  Tender perennial, mainly growing for its foliage.  It is also medicinal herb.  It prefers growing in shade, in moist soil.  Tiny white flowers bloom in late summer to early fall.  Mature size:2′-3′(H) X 6″-1′(W).   Not cold tolerant.  Easy to grow and propagate.  Propagation by seeds or cuttings.  Medicinal herb , use whole plant either fresh or dried.  Internal or external use. ( page 119 of https://books.google.ca/books?id=b1OiBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA119&lpg=PA119&dq=christia+vespertilionis+medical+uses&source=bl&ots=bq4lOFAYXu&sig=bUP3JCEpusECtFNq9NhKR98y5o8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDAQ6AEwA2oVChMI-KOpsqeLxgIVD0mSCh3LRwBq#v=onepage&q=christia%20vespertilionis%20medical%20uses&f=false ) and “The whole plant is used medicinally for treating tuberculosis and snake bites. The leaves are used as a topical treatment for healing bone fractures." — http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200012047

是蝶形花科蝙蝠草屬,為多年生草本的觀葉植物,花小白色或淡粉紅色. 成熟植株2-3呎高,6吋-1呎寬幅.  喜濕潤土壤. 容易栽種在半蔭/散光處到全蔭.  適合室內小盆栽種. 夏末秋初開小白花.  以種子或扦插來繁殖. 作為藥草使用全草新鮮或乾燥的皆可.  味甘.微辛.性涼.  用於清熱涼血/祛瘀活血/舒筋活絡或解毒止痛.調經理帶. 可外用或內服.

Reference links: 參考網站連結:

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200012047 http://www.strangewonderfulthings.com/278.htm http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23545785 http://baike.baidu.com/view/984515.htm

http://big5.wiki8.com/bianfucao_72466/

Hull-less seed pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo ‘Lady Godiva’) 無種殼南瓜

Hull-less seed pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo ‘Lady Godiva’) 無種殼南瓜

This pumpkin look and info see:  http://www.hawthornfarm.ca/pumpkins.php#godiva

Hull-less seed pumpkin seed packet and seeds.(Cucurbita pepo 'Lady Godiva') 無種殼南瓜種子包及內容的種子.

Hull-less seed pumpkin seed packet and seeds.(Cucurbita pepo ‘Lady Godiva’) 無種殼南瓜種子包及內容的種子.

This is kind of new trend for growing pumpkins.  There are few varieties of hull-less seed or called oil seed pumpkins are available.  Mainly growing for its hull-less seeds for oil press or to blend in for veggie and fruit smoothie.  Just thought it will be fun to grow and I am curious of how this pumpkin will taste like.  Pumpkin seed oil (250ml bottle) is quite pricy so no wonder some people will grow their own!
這些是有機種植的種子不貴,可是不太好找. 類似的品種都是榨油用的或跟果菜汁一起打的,這類南瓜種子無硬殼,只有一層超薄的種皮皮膜.   種子包價格,瓜圖及資料: http://www.hawthornfarm.ca/pumpkins.php#godiva
本來很懷疑農夫專種它來榨油的投資報酬率,後來看到小小一玻璃瓶的南瓜籽油居然賣那麼貴! 250ml裝一瓶美金30元(或9英磅)約合台幣978元(或460元)不含稅與寄送費….蠻誇張的!
http://ostro-organics.com/shop/organ…pkin-seed-oil/
http://www.fromaustria.com/en/biohof…seed-oil-250ml

Guava (Psidium guajava) 芭樂

Guava (Psidium guajava) 芭樂

Guava seeds are germinating. (Psidium guajava) 芭樂種子出芽中.

Guava seeds are germinating. (Psidium guajava) 芭樂種子出芽中.

Guava seedlings. (Psidium guajava) 芭樂小苗孵出.

Guava seedlings. (Psidium guajava) 芭樂小苗孵出.

It is a small to medium tropical fruit tree.  Easy to grow!  Best growing in full sun location in warm climate.  USDA Zones:9-11.  Mature size:10′-20′(H) X 15′-30′(W).  White flowers in spring to early summer.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies. Fruit is green globe or pear shape, aromatic and sweet!  Love guava drink in summer!  :)   Propagate by seeds, cuttings or grafting.  The seeds I used for growing are leftover from guava drink making!

它是小型到中型的熱帶果樹.  容易栽種!  最好是種在溫暖氣候區的全日照處.  耐熱不耐寒.  成熟株高10-20呎,寬幅15-30呎.  春到初夏開白色花.  花頗吸引蜂蝶.  成熟果實為圓球型或梨形,很香甜!   芭樂汁夏天喝真是讚!  :)  繁殖可用種子,扦插或嫁接來繁殖.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psidium_guajava

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2088/

Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻

Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻

Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻

Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻

Tiny traps of Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻小小捕蟲囊.

Tiny traps of Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻小小捕蟲囊.

Flower image see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utricularia_gibba#/media/File:Utricularia_gibba_flower_01.jpg

Bladderwort seeds and seed pods. (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻種莢與種子.

Bladderwort seeds and seed pods. (Utricularia gibba) 絲葉狸藻種莢與種子.

Hardy carnivorous and insectivorous plant for ponds or aquarium.  Perennial.  Easy to grow in full sun location in water.  Silky fine green foliage with tiny bladder like pouches for capture small preys.   Very interesting to watch!  Small yellow flowers in summer.   Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Since it is carnivorous plant so do not fertilize the plant.  USDA Zones:4-9.  Mature size:6″(H) X 2′-3′(W).   Propagate by seeds, cuttings or division.

強健的水生食蟲植物. 多年生草花. 容易栽種於全日照的水中環境.  綠色絲狀葉子有著抓小蟲的小囊. 看它抓蟲是很意思的!  夏開小黃花. 花頗吸引蜂蝶.  因為食蟲植物自己會抓蟲補充養份所以不可施肥.  耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高6吋,寬幅2-3呎.  繁殖以種子,扦插或分株來進行.

Reference link:  參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utricularia_gibba

Golden Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas ‘Aurea’) 大果山茱萸

Golden Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas ‘Aurea’) 大果山茱萸

Cornelian Cherry ripe fruit. (Cornus mas 'Aurea') 大果山茱萸成熟的果實.

Golden Cornelian Cherry Dogwood ripe fruit. (Cornus mas ‘Aurea’) 大果山茱萸成熟的果實.

Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas 'Aurea') 大果山茱萸

Golden Cornelian Cherry Dogwood ripe fruit. (Cornus mas ‘Aurea’) 大果山茱萸成熟的果實.

Flower image see link below:

This tree is originally from Mediterranean. Deciduous hardy tree. Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Yellow flowers in spring.  Ripe ruby red fruit in summer which is edible.  USDA Zones:4-9.  Mature size:15′-20′(H) X 15′-20′(W).  Excellent for small to medium garden.  Easy to prune to control its size.  Easy to grow and propagate.  Propagate by seeds or cuttings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus_mas

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31671/