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Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) 菠蘿莓or白草莓

Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria) 菠蘿莓or白草莓

2018-03-28 Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) 菠蘿莓or白草莓 (1) - Copy

Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) first true leaf is out! 菠蘿莓or白草莓的第一片本葉長出了!

2018-03-18 Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) 菠蘿莓or白草莓 - Copy

Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) seeds germination in about 3 weeks. 菠蘿莓or白草莓的種子約3週發芽.

 

2018-03-01 Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) 菠蘿莓or白草莓 - Copy

Pineberry or White strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) seeds. 菠蘿莓or白草莓的種子.

 

Not sure this is Fragaria x ananassa or Fragaria virginiana ‘Wonderful Pineberry’.  Cold hardy perennial with edible fruit.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location in moist but well drained rich soil.  Small white flowers in spring to early fall,  followed by edible small, marble sized fruit.  Fruit from green turn white with pink hue when ripe.  Everbearing variety.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.   Fruit taste like strawberry and pineapple combined flavor.  Some people tried and loved it but some tried and said not as good as regular strawberries.   I am not sure why.  Even though I think it could be the plant cares and fertilizer making the differences.  USDA Zones:3-9.  Mature size:3″-1′(H)  X 9″-1′(W).  Propagate by seeds, runner or division.   Suitable for container indoors.

不確定這種是否為’Wonderful Pineberry’.  耐寒強健的多年生草花結可食用果實.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處的濕潤但排水佳的土壤.  春到初秋開單瓣的小白花,花後結白色帶點淡粉紅色的成熟果實.  果實吃起來帶有草莓味混和一點點鳳梨香.   有人覺得很好吃也有人覺得不如一般的紅草莓.  不知道為何試吃結果頗為兩極.  雖說同一物種在不同環境下日照與肥料的供給不同的確是會讓果實的味道不太一樣. 耐寒但不甚耐熱.  成熟株高:3吋到1呎,寬幅9吋到1呎.  繁殖方式可以用種子,走莖或分株的方式來進行.  適合室內盆植.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineberry      https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%8F%A0%E8%90%9D%E8%8E%93  https://hirts.com/white-carolina-pineberry-plant-4-pot-pineapple-strawberry-flavor/   http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=358497&isprofile=0&                               https://strawberryplants.org/2011/03/white-strawberries/

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花’粉紅閃電’

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花’粉紅閃電’

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花'粉紅閃電'

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花’粉紅閃電’

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花'粉紅閃電'

Pink Lightning Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’) 紫唇花’粉紅閃電’

This is a beautiful rare pink flower variety of Ajuga reptans.  Variegated foliage and pink flowers are quite unique!   As hardy and easy to grow as the regular type of carpet bugle.  This hardy perennial is excellent for ground cover!  USDA Zones:3-9.  Mature size:4″-6″(H) X 1′-1.5′(W).

這是美麗的紫唇花斑葉少見的粉色花品種.  與其它藍紫色花的紫唇花一樣強健好種.  紫唇花真的是地被的絕佳選擇!  耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高4-6吋,寬1-1.5呎.

Reference link:  參考網站資料連結:

http://www.perennials.com/plants/ajuga-reptans-pink-lightning.html

How to grow creeping thyme from seeds (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香種子孵法

How to grow creeping thyme from seeds (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香種子孵法

Creeping thyme flowers. (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香開花.

Creeping thyme flowers are quite fragrant. (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香開花蠻香的.

Creeping thyme fragrant  flowers in spring.  (Thymus)  芳香的匍匐性百里香春天開滿小花集成香軟花毯.

Creeping thyme fragrant flowers in spring. (Thymus)
芳香的匍匐性百里香春天開滿小花集成香軟花毯.

 

Creeping Thyme seed pods and seeds. (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香種莢與種子.

Creeping Thyme seed pods and seeds. (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香種莢與種子.

Creeping thyme seedlings (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香小苗.

Creeping thyme seedlings (Thymus) 匍匐性百里香小苗.

Best to grow seeds in fall/winter indoors or in early spring outdoors.

於室內秋/冬播種或初春時戶外播種.

1.Use a clean pot or container fill with any well drained soil or growing medium.

1.取乾淨盆或容器,使用培養土或田土+河沙或排水佳的介質1:1
2.Moist the soil or growing medium first, remove the extra water.  Sow seeds on the top of soil, do not cover if soil is too wet. Place the pot in partial shade location with good air flow.   Normally seeds will germinate in 2-5 days.
2.先澆水再播種子在表面. 因為種子細小,在長出6片本葉前用盆底吸水方式給水.  不需覆土,置通風半日照處等待發芽. 若溫度不是太低,應該在2-5天發芽.
3.When seedlings turn green, you may place the pot or container in full sun location.  Do not let seedlings too wet or dry out.
3.本葉長出兩對後改全日照.  注意小苗溼度勿過濕也不要乾掉.
4.Transplant the seedlings when they start to branch out.  Their growth speed will be fast then.  Plant them in the ground or use bigger, shallow pot.   To increase the coverage, you can start to propagate them by cuttings.  Torn or cut the branches and plant them in well drained soil or growing medium in shape of fish scales.  From my experience, this is the faster and the denser way to grow big area.
4.等開始自然分枝後生長速度會變快,可將較長的枝條切下扦插,可促多分枝增加覆蓋率. 因為匍匐的特性最好扦插枝條呈扇形攤開以魚鱗狀散開扦插,我的經驗是用此法繁殖最快最密.

How to grow Bergenia from seeds 青海白菜(岩白菜)種子孵法

How to grow Bergenia from seeds 青海白菜種子孵法

Bergenia flowers in spring. 春天開花的青海白菜.

Bergenia flowers in spring. 春天開花的青海白菜.

Bergenia flowers. 春天時青海白菜的開花照.

Bergenia flowers. 春天時青海白菜的開花照.

Bergenias as ground cover with other plants. 青海白菜作為常綠地被和其它植物一起呈現多樣化.

Bergenias as ground cover with other plants. 青海白菜作為常綠地被和其它植物一起呈現多樣化.

Bergenia seeds. 青海白菜種子.

Bergenia seeds. 青海白菜種子.

Day 6 of Bergenia seedlings.  More than half of seeds germinated. 青海白菜的孵種進度--第6天開始伸出小白腿了!超過半數的種子已出.

Day 6 of Bergenia seedlings. More than half of seeds germinated. 青海白菜的孵種進度–第6天開始伸出小白腿了!超過半數的種子已出.

Day 24 of Bergenia seedlings. All of seeds turn green. 青海白菜的孵種進度第24天種苗全綠了.

Day 24 of Bergenia seedlings. All of seeds turn green. 青海白菜的孵種進度第24天種苗全綠了.

Bergenia seedling has the first leaf. 青海白菜(岩白菜)種苗長出第一片本葉.

Bergenia seedling has the first leaf. 青海白菜(岩白菜)種苗長出第一片本葉.

Bergenia seedling has moret leaves. 青海白菜(岩白菜)種苗長出更多葉片.

Bergenia seedling has moret leaves. 青海白菜(岩白菜)種苗長出更多葉片.

Bergenia is very hardy evergreen perennial.  Mature size is about 20-30cm in height.  Green foliage turn purple red in fall.  Bergenia crassifolia ‘Autumn Red’ is more obvious. Drought tolerant once established.  Prefers partial shade location.

青海白菜(Bergenia crassifolia)是岩白菜屬的一個品種.高約20-30cm,葉呈匙狀常綠冬呈紫紅色,非常耐寒耐蔭,有的品種的耐旱性不差. Bergenia crassifolia ‘Autumn Red’是冬天葉色有明顯由綠轉紫紅秋色的品種.

Here is how to grow Bergenias from seeds 青海白菜(岩白菜)種子孵法

The best is grow in fall or winter, the second best time is in spring.  Seedlings usually  flower next year.

以秋冬播種為主,春播次之. 從種子發芽到隔年即能開花.

1.Use a clean container with lid to fill with potting soil.

1.取乾淨有蓋的容器為育苗盆裝培養土.

2.Seeds are rather small so moist the soil first then vibrate them on the paper by gently tapping the paper in line.

2.因種子細小所以在土噴濕後再將種子依呈直線重從紙張上輕彈灑下.

3.Keep the lid on, place the container in partial shade warm environment.  They should germinate around 2-3 weeks.

3.蓋上蓋子後將此苗盆放置在溫暖的半日照環境,約1-2週發芽.

4.Keep seedling in partial shade location after seed germinated.  When they have 4 true leaves than they are can be transplanted to ground or individual pot in place is partial shade with good air flow.    Do not let seedlings dry out.

4.繼續保濕在半日照環境到長出4片本葉後再移植到個別盆植或地植.  要通風良好的半日照並保濕不要讓小苗乾掉.

4.種子發芽後要繼續保濕半日照,長到4片本葉後移植成一株一盆或地植在半日照通風的環境. Have fun!  種植愉快!

Geranium(Geranium)老鸛草屬

Geranium(Geranium)老鸛草屬

Geranium genus has wide range of plants, some are tender perennial as annual, some are very winter hardy, some are evergreen and whole plant is fragrant! There few geranium I really like:

Dwarf Cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’)

Dwarf Cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’)

Dwarf cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’) is evergreen, whole plant is very fragrant and winter hardy, USDA Zones: 4-9. The best value of this is shade tolerant, I experimented it in full shade area and still perform well! It is very compact which it is very good for edging and for ground cover. Good for cut flower, too! 🙂 Mature size is 20cm (H) x 30-45cm (W). There are also same species but different varieties.

Dwarf cranesbill(Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’)

Dwarf cranesbill(Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’)


Dwarf cranesbill(Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’) Basical as dwarf cranesbill (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Westray’) but flowers in lighter pink. Also great! It all depends on what colour do you need to go with your existing plants or design.

Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’)

Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’)


Another one I like a lot for its long blooming time is:
Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’) Feels like once it is awaken in spring it will not stop flowering until frost! Great to go with garden mainly in evergreen trees and shrub for bight but mutual colour. Even though it is neither evergreen nor fragrant but it is showy and reliable perennial! This performs better in full sun location.

This genus is very easy to propagate by stem cuttings, layering or dividing the plant in early spring or late summer.

我喜歡該屬的幾種多年生草花,除了以上照片的兩種品種外(因其常綠,耐蔭,全株有香氣,可作切花花材),另一種是Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’),雖不是常綠也不耐蔭,更無香氣,也不能當切花,可是它的超長開花期就是很吸引人種它的! 有點蔓生匍匐的莖上有開不斷的花..很適合種常綠樹木或灌木來平衡顏色. 這品種不耐蔭,試過種在半日照處可是表現不佳. 最好是全日照.

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)夏雪草

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)夏雪草

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)夏雪草

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)夏雪草

Fast growing hardy perennial.  It flowers in late spring to early summer with small single, white flowers.  Very easy to grow and propagate.   Plant with slivery green foliage, about 20 cm high and 60-75 cm wide.  Evergreen through winter.   Good for rock garden or dry, infertile soil.  Tolerant light foot traffic.

生長快速的強健多年生草花.  春末夏初開小白花.  容易栽種也很容易繁殖.  成熟全株銀綠色,約20公分高,60公分到75公分寬.  常綠的地被植物.  適合岩石砌的花園或乾而貧瘠的土壤.  輕踩可以.