One of the most enjoyable farms to visit in Taiwan is the Sheipa Leisure Farm some 1,923 meters above sea level in the Sheipa Mountain in Hsinchu County. The farm has many attractions but in this post, we will just feature two gorgeous flowers in season (June-July and beyond).
One is the Agapanthus, often called Lily of the Nile although it is not actually a lily. It is a relative of the Amaryllis. A native of South Africa, this plant produces large heads of blue or white flowers. The plants are growing abundantly in many places in the very well-kept gardens of Sheipa Leisure Farm.
The other gorgeous flower in season is the Hydrangea macrophylla. You will see at this time huge clumps of practically all flowers. They come in either pink or blue. The unusual trait of this flowering plant is that when the soil is acidic (below pH 6), the flowers are blue. However, when the soil is above pH 6, the flowers are pink. Pink flowers are produced with alkaline soils. So if you are growing your plants in acidic soil (below pH 6) and you want to produce pink flowers, apply more phosphorus.You may also apply lime or ashes.
We will post the other attractions at Sheipa Leisure Farm later. By the way, we visited Sheipa Leisure Farm on June 24-25, 2015 through the invitation of Leo Fang, international marketing manager of Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association, visiting a total of 8 leisure farms.