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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.

Canna Lily ripe seed pod.(Canna indica) 美人蕉結的種莢成熟了.

Canna Lily ripe seed pod.(Canna indica) 美人蕉結的種莢成熟了.

Canna Lily seed from ripe pod.(Canna indica) Not small... 美人蕉成熟種莢取出的種子.  還蠻大顆的...

Canna Lily seed from ripe pod.(Canna indica) Not small… 美人蕉成熟種莢取出的種子. 還蠻大顆的…

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.

Parrot Tulips ‘Texas Flame’ (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香’德州火燄’

Parrot Tulips ‘Texas Flame’ (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香’德州火燄’

Parrot Tulips 'Texas Flame' (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香'德州火燄'

Parrot Tulips ‘Texas Flame’ (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香’德州火燄’

Parrot Tulips 'Texas Flame' (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香'德州火燄' Flower size measured 8" in diameter. 丈量花徑有8吋 (=20.32cm).

Parrot Tulips ‘Texas Flame’ (Tulipa) 鸚鵡鬱金香’德州火燄’ Flower size measured 8″ in diameter. 丈量花徑有8吋 (=20.32cm).

They are right in front of my arbour. 坐在涼棚下眼前就近就是它們.

They are right in front of my arbour. 坐在涼棚下眼前就近就是它們.

They are nice and not small!   Flower size is 8″ in diameter. I like they bloom late so that can stretch the tulip blooming season for me.

坐在涼棚下眼前就近就是它們. 花徑不小有8吋的直徑. 其實每天好像都還會增大一些.  晚開的種類有好處是可以延長賞花的花期.

King of Flowers – Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) 百花之王-牡丹花

Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) 牡丹花

Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Houki') 牡丹花 '芳紀'

Tree Peony (Paeonia ‘Houki’) 牡丹花 ‘芳紀’

Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Renkaku') 牡丹花 '連鶴' 有怡人強香

Tree Peony (Paeonia ‘Renkaku’) 牡丹花 ‘連鶴’ 有怡人強香

Very hardy and easy to grow, native in China.  Tree peony is shrub and garden peony is herbaceous perennial, many people mixed them up.  Garden peony died back to ground and re-emerge in spring.   Tree peony have twigs and under matured buds for next year over winter period.

It has medicinal uses in Chinese medicine.   Most of  tree peony plant in market are cultivated plants.   Some are grafted.   Tree peony has 100 years+ life span and garden peony is 50+.  Some varieties are extremely fragrant and with large flowers.   Flowers so huge, luxury look and fragrant and the epidermis of its roots is used in traditional Chinese medicine so Chinese call it king of flowers and use tree peony flowers to represent or imply  wealth.

牡丹是木本灌木,芍藥是草本.   牡丹比芍藥早開.   很多人常將之混淆.  在中藥上牡丹是很重要的藥用植物.  市上所見的品種絕大多數是園藝種.  有些牡丹甚至於是牡丹嫁接在芍藥根上的.  牡丹花可活超過百年之久,芍藥則至少有50年.

牡丹花巨大,富貴逼人且香氣濃郁怡人,其根皮稱為’牡丹皮’或簡稱’丹皮’,是重要的中藥藥材.   故自古以來受到人們的喜愛.  牡丹花有’花王’之稱,常用來代表或寓意富貴.

Train your Magnolia for more flowers and flower more than once a year.訓練木蘭花

Train your Magnolia for more flowers and flower more than once a year.訓練木蘭花

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Magnolia flower each is rather large which take a lot of nutrients to grow so many. Its flowers growing on end of tips which means you only trim or prune right after flower just spent. After flowers are gone, the shoots will form flower buds and shoots for next time it flowers.

With good care, even in Canada it can flower twice. Major flowering in spring and the other time will be in fall with about half amount of flowers.
In warm climate it can bloom up to four times a year.

Here is how to care for it"
1. Give fertilizer before the plant being active. Such as right after snow melt, before the flower buds enlarged. Give fertilizer spikes for rose or for fruit trees. Apply fertilizer spikes according to the package direction.

2.Only trimming/pruning right after flowering time.
The order of pruning is:
A. the dead part
B. the weak part
C. the unbalance part

If you really don’t know how to trim or prune, just remove the dead part is fine.

These pictures were taken last early May, you can see flowers are huge and with large quantity. Colour were so bright and full.

Hope everyone remember to feed your Magnolia this early spring for lots of beautiful flowers!

For your reference here are some fragrant Magnolia varieties:

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty'(white flowers)
Magnolia kobus (white flowers)
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ (pale yellow flowers)
Magnolia x wieseneri (white flowers)
Magnolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ (white flowers)
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’ (off white flowers)
Magnolia ‘Yellow Garland’ (yellow flowers)
Magnolia ‘Yellow River’ (yellow flowers)
Magnolia zenii ‘Pink Parchment’ (pale pink flowers)
Perhaps there are some fragrant ones that I missed, let me know so I can update, thanks!

有香味的木蘭品種有以下幾種供參考:

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty'(大葉的葉面臘面綠而光滑,葉背是淡黃核色,花大而白很脫俗又有怡人強香,其它的都無香味.但因花大花數並沒有無香味的品種多,它的枝葉因為特別又大常用來當切花材料.)
Magnolia kobus (它也是開白花但花數多,但它的耐熱性較差些),
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ (淡黃色花),
Magnolia x wieseneri (白花,有人覺得是最香的品種),
Magnolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ (花色為白色),
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow'(花色是米白色),
Magnolia ‘Yellow Garland’ (花色黃色),
Magnolia ‘Yellow River’ (黃色花),
Magnolia zenii ‘Pink Parchment’ (淡粉紅色的花).