Asters commonly called Michaelmas Daisy are native to the USA. In the US, Asters bloom from May/June until late October, while in the Caribbean and Guyana Asters bloom all year round.

Asters can be grown from seeds. Set your seeds around April, or you can purchase potted plants from nurseries and plant shops as potted plants.

Plant your Asters in full sun with good drainage and fertilize with Miracle Gro Bloom Booster once every two weeks. Dead head or cut off dried flowers, which will allow your plants to bloom again.

Asters come in exciting colours of white, lilac, purple, pink and red. There are two kinds of Asters – New England and New York – and it is rather difficult to tell them apart. In Guyana we have white, lilac and purple Asters. Some grow short while others grow to approximately 18 inches tall. These plants make lovely hedges or borders. Flowers are long lasting and used by many florists as fillers in floral arrangements.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.



Helianthus Annuus commonly called Sunflower originated in North America from New Mexico, USA to Canada.

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The Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii) is called the Butterfly Plant in Guyana and the Caribbean.

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Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium Orchids originated in South East Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and India.

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Choosing a suitable potted plant for the dining room table

The dining room is used for dining and entertaining. When selecting a potted plant for the dining table, choose something simple yet elegant and effective.

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Losing our trees

The rampant loss of trees in the city continues. This time it is upper Brickdam outside of the Ministry of Social Protection where the reserve has been converted  into a  concrete car park.

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