(Continued from last week)

Roses have a long and colourful history.

Valentine’s Day is said to be the best season for roses. All over the world millions of roses are sold on this special Day.

Here in Guyana, the Promenade Garden was known as the ‘Rose Garden’ for many years. There were several beds of roses planted in five different colours that dominated the garden. Commonly called cashew roses, with a sweet scent and in colours of red, off-white to ivory, pink, Sulphur yellow and orange, they were a gift from Britain. These cashew roses adapted well in Guyana and can now be seen in private home gardens.

On a daily basis, hundreds of roses were cut and collected early in the mornings to make bouquets and wreaths. This was the Promenade Garden’s signature, especially on weekends; persons would flock to the garden to purchase their rose bouquets.

Sadly, when the garden was rehabilitated some years ago, all of the rose bushes were taken out and were never replanted. No one knows for sure on whose instructions it was to terminate the rose beds and other Victorian flower beds, but the Promenade Garden lost its glory when the rose plants were removed.

Today those rose beds have been replaced with shrubs that do not reflect the garden’s history.

Next week I will talk about the different varieties of roses. Until then, Happy Gardening.



Know your pines

There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.

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Caring for your gift plants

Many of you would have received potted plants as gifts and with the holiday season having ended, I have received many telephone calls on how to care for these new plants.

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Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.

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It’s here! Just in time for Christmas. Last weekend, I received the most beautiful, potted, red, velvet-like Poinsettia evoking the spirit of Christmas.

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The Begonia commonly called Shell Rose was first discovered in Brazil by a Franciscan Monk, Charles Plumier in 1690, who named it after his favourite Botanist Michael Begon.

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