Peggy Chin

After flood care for your plants

Last month’s heavy rainfall brought unexpected flooding. Numerous people went to bed on December 22, 2016 and awakened on December 23, 2016 to the rising water around them, only to find out that some of the pumps were not working and the high tide did not help the situation either.

Fine Leaf Thyme

Thymus vulgaris commonly called Fine Leaf Thyme originated in the Mediterranean and is the cousin of Spanish Thyme which has finer leaves.

Sorrel

Hibiscus sabdariffa commonly called sorrel or roselle comes from the Malvaceae family and originated from India and Malaysia; it later spread to Africa and the Caribbean.

The symbol of Christmas

Look around you and you know it is Christmas! This year Poinsettia arrived early in bright red in various sizes evoking the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas plants

With the Christmas season approaching, there will be lots of plant sales with a variety of plants being offered for sale.

Repotting

With the festive season soon approaching many of you are thinking of repotting your plants so that they would be ready to display in the house or garden.

Pruning

Pruning can improve the look of all plants that are leggy, lopsided or too large.

Blue Daze

Evolvulus glomeratus commonly called Blue Daze originated in Brazil and Paraguay, in South America.

Turmeric

Curcuma longa, commonly called Turmeric originated from South East Asia and India. Turmeric is an ancient spice and is a main ingredient in curry powder and Asian foods.

Soursop

Annona muricata commonly called Soursop or Guanabana by the Spanish originated in the Peruvian rainforest and the lowlands of Central America; it comes from the Annonaceae family.

Plant or save a tree

When my childhood friend was called to eternal rest in Canada, the funeral home offered the family to plant a tree in her memory at a park and the family took up the offer.

Trees

Trees are grown for their beautiful flowers and others for their beautiful foliage.

Janet Craig

Dracena deremensis commonly called Janet Craig originated from Tropical Africa. Dracena Janet Craig is a greener version to Dracena fragrans commonly called Corn Plant and they are related to each other.

The corn plant

Dracaena fragrans commonly called corn plant originated from Africa and has adapted well in the tropics.

Spider plants

Chlorophytum comosum vittatum commonly called Spider plant originated from Africa and the sub-tropics. 

Sacred Heart Lily

Alocasia sanderiana commonly called Sacred Heart Lily or Kris Plant originated from the Philippines and belongs to the Araceae family.

Java White

Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Java White’ originated from Java an island in Indonesia. Last week, I wrote about Acalypha Fire Dragon which is related to the Acalypha family.

Fire Dragon

Acalypha wilkesiana commonly called Fire Dragon originated in the Pacific Islands and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla, a tropical beauty commonly called Rock Trumpet, originated in the forest of Brazil and comes from the Apocynaceae family Most Mandevilla species are also native to Central and South America Mandevilla was named after a British diplomat and gardener Henry Mandeville, who came across the species in this continent in the 18th century.

Song of Jamaica

Dracena reflexa commonly called Song of Jamaica originated in Madagascar and Mauritius. Last week, I wrote about its close relative Song of India.

Song of India

Pleomele reflexa variegata commonly called Song of India originated in Madagascar, Mauritius and other islands around the Indian Ocean.