Tag Archive | winter interest

Annatto (Bixa orellana) 胭脂樹

Annatto (Bixa orellana) 胭脂樹

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Annatto (Bixa orellana) seeds. 胭脂樹的種子.

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Annatto (Bixa orellana) seed germination in about 2 months. 胭脂樹的種子約2個月發芽.

Tropical tree.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Pink flowers in late summer to early winter.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Long blooming time.  Seed pods from red to reddish brown, beautiful winter attraction in warm climate.  Seeds are ingredient for red food color.  USDA Zones:9-11. Mature size:6′-15′(H) X 10′-20′(W).  Propagate by seeds.  Suitable for containers indoors.  Medicinal.

熱帶樹種.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處. 夏末到冬初開粉紅色花. 花頗吸引蜂蝶.  花期頗長. 種莢於溫暖地區的冬天會由紅轉為紅褐色,頗具觀賞價值.  種子為紅色染料的主要原料.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高6-15呎,寬幅10-20呎.  繁殖以種子為主.  適合室內盆植.  藥用.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annatto                                               https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E8%83%AD%E8%84%82%E6%A8%B9%E7%B4%85   http://blog.xuite.net/e2202778/boaboa/66083110-%E8%83%AD%E8%84%82%E6%A8%B9       http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55258/#b

Dead Man’s Fingers (Decaisnea fargesii) 死人手指/貓兒屎

Dead Man’s Fingers (Decaisnea fargesii) 死人手指/貓兒屎


Dead Man’s Fingers (Decaisnea fargesii) seeds. 死人手指/貓兒屎種子.

Hardy shrub with edible fruit.  Deciduous.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.   Yellowish green bell shaped flowers in summer, followed by seedpods like fruit which ripe to blue colour in late fall.  Plant produces male and female flowers.  Flowers are fragrant at night, no fragrance in day time.  The clear fleshy seed coating is edible.  USDA Zones:6-10.  Mature size:10′-12′(H) X 8′-10′(W).  Propagate by seeds.  Medicinal.  Good for winter interest.

木通科貓兒屎屬的耐寒強健的落葉灌木. 原生於亞洲喜馬拉雅山區南部.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  夏天開黃綠色鐘形花,秋末果莢成熟轉成藍色.  植株開雄花與雌花.  花於夜晚有香味,但白天沒有味道. 它的透明種子囊是微甜可以食用的. 耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高10-12呎,寬幅8-10呎. 繁殖以種子為主.   有藥用價值.  其冬天的藍色果莢具有觀賞價值.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decaisnea                                    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/69383/#b                                           http://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/lardizabalaceae/decaisnea-fargesii/dead-mans-fingers-10

Paperbark Cherry/ Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula) 細齒櫻/藏櫻花

Paperbark Cherry/ Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula) 細齒櫻/藏櫻花

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Paperbark Cherry/ Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula) 細齒櫻/藏櫻花

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Paperbark Cherry/ Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula) 細齒櫻/藏櫻花


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Paperbark Cherry/ Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula) 細齒櫻/藏櫻花

Deciduous.  This flowering cherry has coppery shinning bark, pretty in winter, too!  Cute little white single flowers in spring.  Very easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.  USDA Zones: 5-8.  Mature size: 30′(H) / (W).  Propagate by seeds, cuttings or grafting.   Excellent for cut flower!

細齒櫻/藏櫻花是落葉喬木,適合中大型花園.   有著獨特美麗的紅銅色樹皮,冬天也好看!  清新嬌美的白色單瓣小花於春天盛開.  非常容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  花吸引蜂蝶與鳥類.  耐寒不耐熱.  成熟株高可達30呎高/寬幅.  繁殖方式以種子,扦插或嫁接方式來進行.  很適合切花!

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus                                                              https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E6%9D%8E%E5%B1%9E          http://floridata.com/Plants/Rosaceae/Prunus%20serrula/1018


Plant Acclimatization/Domestication from seeds 種子馴化

Plant Acclimatization/Domestication from seeds 種子馴化

In order to get plants to be  hardier or more disease resistant, the easier and low tech method is to grow lots of seeds then expose them to a harsh zone and then select the survivors (the hardy plants) to grow.   This kind of cultivation might be fast and easy, but sometimes it is long and difficult.

為了使植物更加強健或更具抗病能力,最簡單,最不高科技的方法就是種子馴化,在一般環境較困難的情況培育許多種子,適者生存,存活下來到成熟的就是具備所需的較為耐寒/熱/旱/鹽/貧瘠或抗病蟲的植株了.  馴化也是一種育種的方式.

I am a gardener who often grows from seeds, so I have some living proofs.  From a French lilac ‘Madame Lemoine’ parent plant, this 2nd year seedling has becoming very cold hardy, it is the second winter that it is staying evergreen!  See the photo taken today 2016-01-11:

我是常從種子種起的愛花人,真的蠻愛孵種子的.  在這裡我要提出今天拍的馴化證明,這第2年的實生株其親代為法國紫丁香重瓣白花很香的品種’Madame Lemoine’,這子株已經表現了第2年戶外盆植越冬維持常綠的表現.

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2nd year Seedling From parent plant of French lilac ‘Madame Lemoine’, it is the second winter staying evergreen! I took this photo today 2016-01-11.

The other remained seedling which its parent plant is Reblooming lilac, it is not just staying evergreen holding the leaves, more so it is developing red foliage in winter!  See the photo I took today 2016-01-11:


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2nd year Seedling From parent plant of Reblooming lilac, it is the second winter staying evergreen with red foliage! I took this photo today 2016-01-11.

One of my many large blooming Clematis seedling, one is developing evergreen as well in zone 6!  See the photo I took today 2016-01-11:

這棵是大花鐵線蓮的實生苗,在我們的氣候區(zone 6)也能維持常綠不落葉. 這是今天2016-01-11拍的.

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A large blooming Clematis seedling, this one is developing evergreen in zone 6! I took  this photo today 2016-01-11.

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Normally all Clematis plant go in dormancy in late fall in zone 6. Like this one. I took this photo today in 2016-01-11.

If these seedling can grow to maturity and successfully produce viable seeds then they will rock the plant market!   Is it so rare?  I don’t know.  It seems this happens to me often enough.   I have talked to an experienced gardener about my findings and she thinks most of these unique ones will not last long sometimes but when they do, it is great!   I am even more curious about the next generation — to see if they will produce viable seeds with the same characteristics as the parents!

是的,一旦這些較強健的子代成熟了開花了若還能生產下一代帶有同樣或更佳的基因那麼它們的在植物市場上的價值是非常具有競爭力的!  這樣子馴化篩選出來的機率很小嗎?  我不知道.  但這對我而言倒還蠻常發生的,可能是我常孵種子的緣故.  有問過有經驗的育種家,她說有時這種表現維持並不長久的,要長期如此才能斷言它的基因表現是和親代不同的. 對我來說我比較好奇的是當這些子代成熟後若能開花結子繁殖的話那麼下一代的表現又會如何呢? 如果它們能經得起時間的考驗的話!





Eranthemum(Eranthemum pulchellum)喜花草

Eranthemum(Eranthemum pulchellum)喜花草

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Eranthemum(Eranthemum pulchellum)喜花草


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Eranthemum(Eranthemum pulchellum)喜花草

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Eranthemum(Eranthemum pulchellum)seeds. 喜花草的種子.

This shade loving tropical tender perennial is very easy to grow.  Best growing in partial shade to full shade location.  Small blue flower in winter to spring.    Good winter interest!  USDA Zones:10+. Mature size:4′-6′(H) X 2′-3′(W).  Propagate by seeds or cuttings.

它是耐蔭的熱帶多年生草花,很容易栽種.  最好栽種在半日照到全蔭處.  冬到春開小小的可愛藍色花朵,在非熱鬧的春夏間眾花爭妍的時間開更顯珍貴!  花吸引蜂蝶與鳥類.  植株喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高4-6呎,2-3呎寬幅.  以種子或扦插方式來繁殖.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eranthemum                  https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%96%9C%E8%8A%B1%E8%8D%89    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/60373/

Pretty Beautyberry in snow (Callicarpa americana)冬雪中的北美紫珠

Pretty Beautyberry in snow (Callicarpa americana)冬雪中的北美紫珠
It is pretty! 🙂
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This is Callicarpa Americana, common name as beautyberry, which is a low height shrub with dense small berries through out winter. Berries are not for human consumption. Its purple berries have very nice winter interest.