Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree flowers in summer.(Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓夏天開的花.

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree flowers in summer.(Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓夏天開的花.

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

Northern Catalpa/Cigar Tree (Catalpa speciosa) 黃金樹/西美梓

They are flowering right now in the city!  It is beautiful when they bloom in late spring to early summer.  Large heart shaped leaves.  Very hardy and easy growing large tree in full sun location.   Long seed pods do look like lots of long cigars hanging among the branches in late summer to early fall.  USDA Zones:4-9.  Mature size:40’+(H) X 10′(W).  Plant parts are toxic if ingested.  Fast growing.  A good shade tree.

西美梓現在正是花期市內到處可以看到它們開花!  很大片的心形葉.  春末夏初開花蠻漂亮的,夏末秋初長長的種莢成熟看起來的確像是一堆長長的雪茄掛在樹上. 很耐寒.  強健. 容易栽種在全日照處.  容易由種子繁殖. 成熟株高40呎以上,寬幅10呎左右.  植株有毒勿食.  生長快速.  很不錯的遮蔭樹種.

Reference links: 參考網站連結:

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

https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%A2%93%E6%9C%A8

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2315/

My June Garden. 我家的六月花園

My June Garden. 我家的六月花園

Here are the images of our June garden!  Although it is not just full of colors also it is very aromatic! Enjoy!

六月的花園熱鬧精彩,各位雖聞不到濃郁怡人的花香,也一同來視覺賞花吧!

Spiderwort (Tradescantia) 大花鴨跖草

Spiderwort (Tradescantia) 大花鴨跖草

2015-06-18 022 (Medium)

Lucky Clover (Oxalis deppei (a.k.a. tetraphylla) ‘Iron Cross’ )幸運草

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus 'Painted Lady') 香豌豆

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus ‘Painted Lady’) 香豌豆

Summer Gentian (Gentiana septemfida 'Lagodechiana') 龍膽

Summer Gentian (Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’) 龍膽

Sprekelia(Sprekelia formosissima)燕子水仙/龍頭花

Sprekelia(Sprekelia formosissima)燕子水仙/龍頭花

Sprekelia(Sprekelia formosissima)燕子水仙/龍頭花

Sprekelia(Sprekelia formosissima)燕子水仙/龍頭花

Double Canterbury bells (Campanula medium 'Canterbury')重瓣日本風鈴花

Double Canterbury bells (Campanula medium ‘Canterbury’)重瓣日本風鈴花

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑

Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) 紅眼蒙特登慈姑

Lupin(Lupinus)羽扇豆

Lupin(Lupinus)羽扇豆

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Garden Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) 芍藥

Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora) 大花金雞菊

Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora) 大花金雞菊

Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora) 大花金雞菊

Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora) 大花金雞菊

False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)姬向日葵

False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)姬向日葵

Hall's Honeysuckle(Lonicera japonica)忍冬或叫金銀花

Hall’s Honeysuckle(Lonicera japonica)忍冬或叫金銀花

Rose (Rosa) 玫瑰

Rose (Rosa) 玫瑰

columbine

Columbine (Aquilegia) 耬斗菜

Columbine (Aquilegia)耬斗菜

Columbine (Aquilegia)耬斗菜

Columbine (Aquilegia)耬斗菜

Columbine (Aquilegia)耬斗菜

Meadow Rue(Thalictrum) 歐洲唐松草

Meadow Rue(Thalictrum) 歐洲唐松草

Blue-eyed grasses (Sisyrinchium bermudianum)庭菖蒲

Blue-eyed grasses (Sisyrinchium bermudianum)庭菖蒲

Bachelor's Button (Centaurea montana)多年生矢車菊

Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana)多年生矢車菊

Bachelor's Button (Centaurea montana)多年生矢車菊

Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea montana)多年生矢車菊

2015-06-25 015 (Medium)

Dwarf semi-double Nasturtium (Nasturtium) 矮性半重瓣金蓮花

2015-06-25 008 (Medium)

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)紫錐花

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)紫錐花

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)紫錐花

2015-06-01 002 (Medium)

Fragrant Daylily (Hemerocallis) 很香的觀賞萱草

Asiatic Lily (Lilium Asiatic)亞洲百合

Asiatic Lily (Lilium Asiatic)亞洲百合

2015-06-25 022 (Medium)

Speedwell (Veronica) 婆婆納

2015-06-19 006 (Medium)

Golden Globes/Dense-Flowered Loosestrife (Lysimachia congestiflora) 臨時救/黃花珠

Dwarf Cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’)

Dwarf Cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’)

Nemophila 'Five Spots' 粉蝶花

Nemophila ‘Five Spots’ 粉蝶花

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

Clematis (Clematis) 鐵線蓮

2015-06-29 056 (Medium)

Bellflower (Campanula) 風鈴草

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) 繡球花

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) 繡球花

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) 繡球花

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) and Lamium (Lamium) 繡球花與塊莖小芝麻.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) 繡球花

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) 繡球花

Japanese morning glory (Ipomoea nil 'Kikyo Snowflakes') 日本朝顏'桔梗雪花'

Japanese morning glory (Ipomoea nil ‘Kikyo Snowflakes’) 日本朝顏’桔梗雪花’

Silene (Silene armeria ‘Electra’)甜威廉捕蟲草

Silene (Silene armeria ‘Electra’)甜威廉捕蟲草

Ox-eye daisy(Leucanthemum vulgare)牛眼菊/法蘭西菊

Ox-eye daisy(Leucanthemum vulgare)牛眼菊/法蘭西菊

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) 三葉天南星

 Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) 三葉天南星

Flower image see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arisaema_triphyllum#/media/File:Jack-in-the-pulpit.JPG

 Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) 三葉天南星

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) 三葉天南星

Cold and shade tolerant perennial.  Very hardy and easy to grow.  Best in partial shade but also tolerant full shade location.  Unusual flowers in spring.  USDA Zones:5-9.   Mature size:1.5′-2′(H) X 1′-1.5′(W).  Propagate by seeds/rhizomes/corms/ bulbs/offsets.   Whole plant is toxic if ingested.

天南星屬的多年生球根類耐蔭植物.  極其強健易栽培.  最好是種在半日照處,全蔭處亦可生長.  春天開花,花形相當奇特.  耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高1.5-2呎高,寬幅為1-1.5呎.   繁殖方式以種子/地下根莖/球根.   全株有毒勿食.

Reference links:

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

http://www.finegardening.com/jack-pulpit-arisaema-triphyllum

Corkscrew Vine/Snail vine (Vigna caracalla) 蝸牛藤

Corkscrew Vine/Snail vine (Vigna caracalla) 蝸牛藤

Flower image see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochliasanthus#/media/File:Vigna_Caracalla_2.jpg

Snail vine seed image.(Cochliasanthus caracalla) 蝸牛藤種子圖.

Snail vine seed image.(Cochliasanthus caracalla) 蝸牛藤種子圖.

Snail vine seed germination.(Cochliasanthus caracalla) 蝸牛藤種子孵出.

Snail vine seed germination.(Cochliasanthus caracalla) 蝸牛藤種子孵出.

This unique, perennial tropical flowering vine is growing for its snail shape flowers and its fragrance!  Easy to grow in full sun to partial shade location.  Very hardy.  Spiral shape flowers in summer to fall.  Self sow.  USDA Zones:9-11.   Mature size:15′-20′(H/L) X 3′-4′(W). Easy to propagate from seeds or cuttings.  Seeds are toxic if ingested.

這個獨特的熱帶多年生草本開花藤蔓有著如蝸牛殼形多彩的花,而且花有怡人的香味!  容易栽種在全日照到半日照處. 非常強健好種.  捲曲的花從夏開到秋.  會自行結子繁殖.  很耐熱.  成熟植株15-20呎高/長. 寬幅3-4呎.  以種子或扦插枝條的方式來繁殖. 種子有毒勿食.

Reference links: 參考網站連結:

http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/vigna-caracalla/

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

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/snail-vine/growing-snail-vine.htm

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景

It was said that it is not possible.  Here is the example I made it happened.

很多同行說這是不可能的任務,但是我做到了.

Well selected plants so no watering is needed.  Tidy up the old growth in spring and fall still needed if you can.  I do not control wind…

精心挑選合適的植物是有必要的. 可以的話稍微打理一下枯枝落葉還是比較好. 風還是帶來不少落葉的.

10 years ago front view: 10年前的正面原貌:

It was so dark and weedy, neighbour kids were afraid of coming for trick or treating in Halloween.

很暗又雜草叢生,鄰居家的小孩連萬聖節都不敢來要糖.

Landscaping before and after-- Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後--零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

10 years ago (2005) north side view: 10年前北面原貌:

Landscaping before and after-- Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後--零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

10 years ago. Before landscaping (2005) south side view: 10年前南面原貌:

Landscaping before and after-- Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後--零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden befor landscaping. 造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景前.

1 years after landscaping. (2006) :造景後的隔年.

Landscaping before and after-- Zero Maintenance Rock Garden next year after landscaping. 造景前後--零維護的岩砌花園造景後的隔年.

Landscaping before and after– Zero Maintenance Rock Garden next year after landscaping. 造景前後–零維護的岩砌花園造景後的隔年.

6 years after landscaping (2011):造景後6年

6 years after landscaping (2011 May).

6 years after landscaping (2011 May).

10 years after landscaping (2015 June): 造景後10年.

2015 June. 10 years after landscaping.

2015 June. 10 years after landscaping.

Gaillardia ‘Picta Double Mix’ (Gaillardia) 重瓣球型天人菊

Gaillardia ‘Picta Double Mix’ (Gaillardia) 重瓣球型天人菊

Gaillardia 'Picta Double Mix' seed packet.  Short lived perennials are treated as annuals. (Gaillardia) 重瓣球型天人菊種子包. 壽命短的多年生多是當一年生草花.

Gaillardia ‘Picta Double Mix’ seed packet. Short lived perennials are treated as annuals. (Gaillardia) 重瓣球型天人菊種子包. 壽命短的多年生多是當一年生草花.

It is certainly easy to grow from seeds!  This short lived perennial often are grown as annuals.  Pom-pom like flowers from summer to fall.  Easy to set seeds but not invasive.  Mature size:15″(H).  Good for borders.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.   Best growing in full sun location in well drained soil.  Drought tolerant. USDA Zones:5-10.

真的很容易從種子種起! 這種生命周期短的多年生草花常被當成一年生草花來栽培.  重瓣的花球花期很長從夏天開到秋末.  容易自行結籽繁殖但不強勢. 成熟株高15吋高.  很適合當花壇的外圍花邊.  花頗吸引蜂蝶.  以全日照排水佳的環境為佳.  耐旱,耐寒且耐熱.

Reference link:  參考網站連結:

http://www.oscseeds.com/ecommerce/-annual–flower-seed/-gaillardia–gaillardia-pulchella-/-Picta-Doubles-Mixed-Gaillardia.htm

Panda Face Ginger/Shell Shocked Panda Wild Ginger (Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’) 大葉馬蹄香

Panda Face Ginger/Shell Shocked Panda Wild Ginger (Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’) 大葉馬蹄香

Flower image see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_maximum#/media/File:Asarum_maximum2.jpg

Panda Face Ginger/Shell Shocked Panda Wild Ginger has dark green glossy foliage. (Asarum maximum 'Shell Shocked') 大花細辛深綠油亮的葉片.

Panda Face Ginger/Shell Shocked Panda Wild Ginger has dark green glossy foliage. (Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’) 大花細辛深綠油亮的葉片.

This perennial has glossy smooth, dark green foliage.  This low ground cover is evergreen in south warmer region.  Unique black and white patterned flowers appear in mid to late spring.  Flowers smell like mushrooms. Easy to grow.   Best growing in partial shade to full shade location in moist but well drained soil.  Do not over water.  Good for woodland garden.  Propagate by seeds, dividing the plant clumps.  Slow growth.  USDA Zones:6-9.  Mature size:4″-6″(H) X 8″-1′(W).

這個多年生常綠草花有著深綠油亮的葉片.  它是低矮的地被在稍微溫暖的地帶為常綠的植物.  黑白紋路的花色很獨特,花徑也不算小.  花聞起來像是容易栽種. 最好種在半日照到全蔭處. 不可積水過溼.  以種子或分株來繁殖.  生長速度緩慢.  不甚耐寒但耐熱性尚可.  成熟株高4-6吋,寬幅8吋到1呎. Reference links: 參考網站連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_maximum http://www.perennialresource.com/encyclopedia/view/?plant=2406 http://www.plantdelights.com/Asarum-maximum-Shell-Shocked-for-sale/Buy-Shell-Shocked-Panda-Wild-Ginger/