Winter Bird Watching 冬景賞鳥
Beautiful birds! The best spots for photo are either indoor by window or outdoor near bird feeder!
Planting lotus seed indoor (Nelumbo nucifera)室內孵蓮子
This time I use temperature controlled aquarium heater to keep the water temperature at 24 C. There is a light right above the container for 8 hours a day. Normally from seed to first bloom will take 1-3 months if growing condition is good. This is a single, deep pink lotus. Its flower of mother plant looks like this…
蓮/荷（學名：Nelumbo nucifera）蓮科蓮屬多年生草本挺水植物,荷花原產於中國. 它是印度和越南的國花. 種類有很多種,從大型的需種到寬廣池塘的到小型的碗蓮. 又分開花的花蓮和不開花食用為主的菜蓮品種,耐寒與否和品種也有很大的差異. 一般蓮荷種植偏愛黏性土壤,全日照,重肥和喜高溫.
Beauty and Damage after storm風暴後的美麗的代價
It is very beautiful to look at really…but unfortunately the weight of ice coatings were too heavy to bare for many trees, the tree in the picture was completely down…many households lost their power and some slowly got back their power. I hope everyone can have their power back for warm holidays in their own home!
More freezing rain last night…更多冰雨冬景
More winter views–freezing rain
Chayote experiment 佛手瓜種植實驗（Sechium edule）
Chayote is a kind of vegetable vine. Its fruit and its tender green shoots are both good vegetables. It is very easy to grow and inexpensive to buy in grocery store/supermarket.
I am letting a chayote growing by the window, later will give soil to cover its roots. This experiment want to see how much progress will the growth be indoor. It is now clinging on the blind of window.
It can be grew this with the whole fruit 1/2 into soil /ground (with one seed inside ) or grow from plant stem cuttings. It is vine so it does require support.
佛手瓜（Sechium edule）是一種葫蘆科佛手瓜屬植物,又稱合掌瓜. 瓜和稱為龍鬚菜的嫩葉都是好蔬菜. 它非常容易栽種,在超級市場或果菜攤都有賣,也不貴. 這個實驗要看看在靠窗的室內的生長勢如何.
Beautiful small-medium tree with winter interest! 冬景也美麗的山楂樹
‘Winter King’ hawthorn/green hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’) showing persistent orange-red fruit that lasts until spring.
It grows 20-35 feet tall with a similar spread. Lots of small white flowers in spring and grow fruit in summer. Birds and small wild animals will consume its fruit.
它是薔薇科山楂屬的小型-中型樹. 成熟植株可達20-35呎(7公尺-12公呎)高及寬幅. 春天開滿白色小花,夏天結果,秋末果實成熟轉為橘紅色,橘紅小果實要到隔年初春時才會落果然後發新芽. 所以此樹有極大的冬景觀賞價值. 冬天戶外食物缺乏時,鳥類和野生的小動物會以此果充饑.