Archive | 十一月 2013

日本楓’紅皮’冬景Coral Bark Japanese Maple with snow (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’)

日本楓’紅皮’Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’)
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The beautiful winter looks…white snow on red branches! 這樹的白雪染紅枝冬景.

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It gets more popular these years… I think it will replace ‘bloodgood’ soon. Love it!
Love its four season looks: spring the shoots with pink tone light or yellowish green leaves with coral stems. Summer is medium green or yellowish green leaves with coral bark stems. Fall colour is golen/orange beautiful colour with coral bark stems. Winter is coral bark stem stand out in white snow.

我很喜歡此日本楓品種’紅皮’. 在北美四季分明的氣候裡花園有它很吸引人的目光. 春季的新芽是帶有粉紅色的黃綠色葉片,夏天葉片是黃綠色的,秋色是黃橙色. 冬天時紅枝襯著白雪很美麗. 做成盆景會很美…

Christmas Cactus is blooming! 蟹爪仙人掌開花了!

Christmas Cactus蟹爪仙人掌
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Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti, it is very easy to grow and to be propagated.

How to grow Rhododendron and mountain laurel from seeds 酒紅杜鵑及山月桂屬的種子種植方法

How to grow Rhododendron and mountain laurel from seeds

Rhododendron catawbiense 'Roseum Elegans' is blooming in spring.

Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Roseum Elegans’ is blooming in spring.

Rhododendron seed pods open and release seeds with the wind in fall. 種莢秋天成熟後會打開隨風散播種子.

Rhododendron seed pods open and release seeds with the wind in fall. 種莢秋天成熟後會打開隨風散播種子.

It is very easy to collect their seed pods to get seeds if you or your family have a plant in the garden. Their growth rate is slow so in garden centres or nurseries the price is high. Besides propagation of stem cuttings, propagate them from seeds you can get more. They are spring flowering shrubs, tolerant shade and evergreen through winter. They all like slightly acidic soil.

1.soil/medium must be well drained, use shallow container to sow seeds. If possible, sterilize the soil/medium first.

2.Keep soil moist but too wet. Sow seeds on the surface of soil. Do not cover the seeds. Leave the container where is partial shade. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days. Will grow the first set of leaves in 8-10 weeks. They are easy to grow but slow, so be patient!

酒紅杜鵑(Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Roseum Elegans’)及山月桂屬的種子種植方法:

1.土用泥炭土和木屑/碎樹皮以1比1混合為播種用土. 用淺缽為苗盆.


Rhododendron seed pods and seeds.

Rhododendron seed pods and seeds.

Rhododendron seeds are sprouting.

Rhododendron seeds are sprouting.

Honeysuckle is still blooming 仍在綻放的金銀花

Honeysuckle is still blooming 仍在綻放的金銀花

Honey Suckle
It is November 19, yesterday we have flurries, the recent coldest temperature was minus 5 degree C. And Honeysuckle is still blooming fragrantly! Easy to grow and remain green in winter in Toronto (zone 6). Because its long blooming time and beautiful fragrance, it is very good for cut flower!
耐寒,在多倫多冬天還是常綠的開花藤類. 花期很長從春末到冬初且花香芬芳耐插很適合當切花花材.全日照,容易扦插繁殖.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)芫荽

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)芫荽
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Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley, it is an annual herb. Coriander is native from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. I am surprise that it is so cold tolerant. This photo was taken after -5 C. It is still vital and green!

芫荽是一年生草本的香菜植物,開白色小花,自花授粉,很容易結子繁殖. 沒想到它這麼的耐寒,此照片是經過幾天攝氏零下5度後拍的,仍然有綠意且生意盎然!

Colours from inside the window窗內的顏色

Colours from inside the window窗內的顏色
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These are from seed packs: Morning Glory ‘Red Picotee’ and Blue Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’! Easy to grow in the pot but you need to grow Lobelia 1 month – 1.5 months earlier in order for them to bloom at the same time. Or you can sow seeds together but Lobelia will flower later than morning glory. Another way to sow seeds different pots, transplant them together when both are flowering. Morning glory will need support to cling on.

桃紅的朝顏/牽牛花’Red Picotee’和藍色的六倍利’Crystal Palace’都是從種子包的種子播種的. 很容易栽種但是要使它們同時開花最好是先種六倍利1-1.5個月後再播朝顏的種子. 同時播下的話也可以,只是六倍利會開的稍晚一些. 另一方法是六倍利另外種一盆,等有花後再移到同一盆種植.朝顏會需要支撐物來攀爬.

Seed give-away!

Seed give-away!

Sorry, only 10 Canadian followers will get my gifts…

How to receive your gift? Just comment on this post by telling me your choice of seed (only one kind from the list below) and your mailing address with your initials.

To keep it private I will not show your comment. No charge! May this world be more beautiful! Happy planting!

Seed give-away list:

Item Scientific name Common Name Q’ty of seed Information

1 . Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple 20 Small tree or shrub

2. Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives 100 Perennial, white flowers, leafy veggie

3.Baptisia australis False Indigo 30 Perennial, blue flowers, toxic

4.Centaurea montana Bachelor’s Button 30 Perennial, blue flowers

5.Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower 100 Perennial, pink flowers, herb

6.Echinops ritro ‘Vietch’s Blue’ Blue Globe Thistle 30 Perennial, blue flowers, herb

7.Epipactis helleborine Stream Orchid 10seed pods Perennial, native orchid

8.Helleborus x hybridus ‘Red Lady’ Christmas Rose 30 Perennial, deep pink flowers, toxic

9.Hibiscus moscheutos Dwarf Hardy Hibiscus 30 Perennail, pink flowers, winter hardy

10.Magnolia acuminata ‘Yellow Bird’ Yellow Magnolia 20 Small tree or shrub, yellow flowers