Peggy Chin

Looking at local flowers

When the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) introduced Horticulture as part of its Agriculture Science Syllabus some ten years ago, both students and teachers were at a loss as to where to access such information or who to turn to for help.

Thuja

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.

Poinsettia

– the symbol of Christmas

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.

Begonias

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.

Aster

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.

Bandicoot Berry

Leea Indica commonly called Bandicoot Berry originated in Asia and Australia. It has green foliage and is the sister of Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’, which has similar traits.

Agave

Agave americana, also called sentry plant, century plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae and native to  Mexico and the United States in New Mexico,  Arizona and  Texas.

Umbrella plant

Cyperus Papyrus and Cyperus Alterni-folius, commonly known as Umbrella Grass, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Sedge or the Umbrella Palm, originated in Egypt many years ago.

Plant orchids now

The Annual Flower Show is officially off until March 2018. This has been confirmed by the Horticultural Society of Guyana to the disappointment of many flower friends and home gardeners.

Stake your plants

Now is the time to stake your plants! Last Sunday, the heavy rain came and it became so windy that many of my trees and shrubs were swaying in all directions. 

Roses

Continued from last week Miniature roses are most likely descendants of the old Chinese rose Rosa chinensis. 

Roses

(Continued from last week) There are five classes of roses: Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbers or Ramblers and Shrub roses.

Roses

(Continued from last week) Roses have a long and colourful history. Valentine’s Day is said to be the best season for roses.

Roses

Roses, botanic name Rosa were said to have originated mainly in Asia, China to be precise, though the Egyptians were also thought to have been among the first to cultivate them.