Tiger Lily

On my recent travels I came across one of the most awesome sights: Tiger Lily being grown as potted plants. 

Marigolds

Tagetes commonly, called Marigolds, originated in South America and New Mexico. Marigolds are a gardener’s favourite.

Time to sow

Now is the time to start sowing your flower seeds to germinate all of those colourful flowering annuals.

Jackfruit

Artocarpus heterophyllus commonly called Jackfruit originated in India and South East Asia. In 1887 it was introduced in Florida.

Frangipani

pPlumeria commonly called Frangipani originated in tropical America and quickly spread across the Caribbean and Guyana.

Staghorn fern

Platycerium bifurcatum commonly called Staghorn fern originated in Australia and New Guinea. Staghorn fern grows well on tree trunks, especially in the rainforest.

Annuals and perennials

This week I had a few visits and calls from gardening friends and new customers, who are still confused about the difference between annual and perennial plants.

Use planters to landscape a small space

If you would like to redesign your garden, but think you have too much concrete or limited land space, there is a way to get creative, utilise the space you have available and improve your landscape. 

Caring for your leafy gifts

Many of you may have received potted plants as gifts for Christmas, or you may have purchased your own to add to your décor.

Plant more trees

Over the Christmas holidays I had some very interesting conversations on our trees and environment.

Sorrel

Sorrel is the common name for Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) also called Florida cranberry.

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are one of the symbols of Christmas and there is much excitement when they are seen.

Hanging basket ferns

Two of the most popular outdoor hanging basket ferns are Rabbit Foot and Toyo which can be used along the patio.

Christmas ferns

As we welcome the Christmas season, no home is complete without a couple of potted ferns for indoors and hanging baskets for the patio and around the house.

Singapore Bougainvillea

Two of the most common species of Bou-gainvillea are Bougain-villea glabra and Bougainvillea specta-bilis, which was cross-bred and hybridised giving rise to numerous varieties in the most amazing colours.

Ground cover

If you have an open space and do not know what to plant, you should consider some ground cover.

Trees

Trees are universally recognized as a symbol of life, prosperity and strength. A tree is a permanent plant with a single trunk or stem covered with leaves and branches.

Vines are Climbers

During this week I met some folks interested in gardening, but they were confused as to what to plant.

Plant trees

There are over three trillion trees around the world. October 5 is designated National Day of Tree Planting in Guyana.

Bamboo

Bamboo comes from the Malay word bambu. Bamboo is a member of the grass family and originated from South East Asia.

The golden shower tree

Cassia fistula, commonly called the golden shower tree, is native to India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Orchids,beautiful orchids!

Arachnis and Dendrobium Orchids are in full bloom at present. I recently harvested 12 sprays of 2 varieties of Arachnis and 6 sprays of Dendrobiums and have another 12 sprays that will come into bloom next week.

Allamanda

Allamanda originated in the Caribbean and tropical Americas. It has several different varieties, which in turn have different common names.

Desert Rose

Adenium commonly called Desert Rose originated in Africa, specifically in the desert, hence the common name.

Angelonia

Angelonia angustifolia,commonly called Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon,originated in Mexico and the Caribbean. Angelonia is a tropical outdoor perennial which grows upright and bushy. 

Pothos Vine

Scindapsus Pictus commonly called Pothos Vine originated in Brazil. This showy plant is grown mainly as a climber and its most striking feature is its showy, heart-shaped leaves.

Ornamental Banana

Musa speciosa commonly called Ornamental Banana originated in Mexico and throughout the tropics. 

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema commonly called Chinese Evergreen is grown for its leaves which are famous for their colours and delicate markings. 

Dwarf Bottle Brush

Callistemon Subulatus is commonly called ‘Dwarf Bottle Brush’ and originated in Australia. In 1789, this tree was introduced by Joseph Banks to Kew Gardens and it has adapted well in the Caribbean and in Florida.

Arrowhead Vine

Syngonium Podophyllum commonly called Arrowhead Vine and Butterfly Plant originated in Mexico and America and has adapted well in the Caribbean.

Creeping Fig

Ficus Pumila commonly called Creeping Fig originated in East Asia: China, Japan and Vietnam.

Daisy Mums

Another amazing landscape piece that caught my eye on my recent travel overseas was a rectangle fountain with multicoloured Daisy Mums.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are also commonly called Mums. The blooms come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and in a range of colours; the most popular colours are yellow, white, purple, and red.

Flower circles

On my recent travel overseas, it was amazing to see spring flowers in full bloom. 

The fantastic Zinnia

Zinnias are fantastic garden flowers and are gardeners’ favourites. This is the time of the year when they thrive.

Growing Impatiens

Impatiens commonly called Busy Lizzie originated in Eastern Africa and Asia and comes from the Balsaminaceae family.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus commonly called Sword Lily originated in the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Periwinkle

  Vinca commonly called Periwinkle or Never Done originated in Madagascar and comes from the Catharanthus family; it is different from Catharanthus pusillus which originated in India and Sri Lanka.

Salvia

Salvia divinorum commonly called Salvia originated in Mexico and is grown throughout the world now. 

Petunias

The Petunia originated in South America and comes from the Solanaceae family. It was introduced to Europe in the 19th century where it quickly gained popularity.

Sunflower

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

Shamrock

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