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.

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.

Losing our trees

Every day, I traverse Brickdam to get to and from work, sometimes as often as four to six times a day so I am familiar with it.

Jade plant

Crassula commonly called the Jade plant originated in South Africa and spread across the world to Asia, Europe and USA hundreds of years ago.

Texas Sage

Texas Sage commonly called Texas Ranger or Barometer Plant originated in Texas, the southwest of the USA, and Mexico, where the temperatures are warm and conditions dry.

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.

Know your pines

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

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.

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.

Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet commonly called Shell Ginger originated in South East Asia and Hawaii and comes from the Ginger family.

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.

Hawaiian Holly

Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’ commonly called Hawaiian or West Indian Holly originated in Burma and comes from the Leeaceae family.

Four o’clock flower

Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis commonly called Four O’ Clock flowers originated in Peru and is native to tropical South America.

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 more trees

National Tree Planting Day was celebrated yesterday, October 7, and it was interesting to see how many new trees were planted. 

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 round up

Over the years, I have experimented with and grown various types of roses: Dutch, English, American and tropical.

Roses

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

Roses

Continued from last week   This week, we will look at Floribunda roses and Hybrid Tea roses.

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.

Grow your own avocadoes

In Guyana, avocado (Persea Americana) is in season. The fruit is bountiful in the markets in different sizes depending on where they were grown.

Leaf miners

Owing to the heavy rainfall lots of pests and fungi are showing up.

Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia commonly called Mexican Heather or False Heather originated in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in Central America.

Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus commonly called Rose of Sharon or Shrub Althea originated in northern Israel and Syria.

Rainy season fungus protection

As I said last week, with rain comes fungus. With the constant rainfall that we are experiencing, plants are not being allowed to dry off properly.