Fascinating Orchids

From Chinese and Japanese manuscripts we learn that they were growing Orchids, ie, Dendrobiums, Cymbidiums and other native species approximately 3,000 years ago. 

Magnificent orchids Part 1

Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family and the name orchid derives from the Greek word ‘orchis’ which means ‘testicle’ ‒ a term that describes the roots of the orchids.

Ginger Lilies

Zingiberaceae Purpurata commonly called Ginger Lily or Hawaiian Ginger originated in Malaysia and South East Asia  and was brought to Hawaii in the mid-1930s.

Vibrant Gladioli

Gladiolus (plural Gladioli) commonly called Sword Lily comes from the Latin word gladius which means sword, referring to the shape of the leaves. 

Turk’s Cap

Turk’s Cap commonly called Sleeping Hibiscus or Pepper Hisbiscus originated from Central America and Texas and is a member of the Malvaceae family.

A cascading plant

Russelia equisetiformis commonly called Firecracker or Coral Plant comes from the Scrophulariaceae family.


Corallita commonly called Mexican creeper originates from Mexico and belongs to the Polygonaceae family – ie, the buckwheat family.

The fragrant lemon tree

In the Garden

Citrus limon, or lemon, as it is better known, originated from South-east Asia, like all the other members of the citrus family −  oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and limes.

Limes, glorious limes

In the Garden

The lime, citrus aurantifolia originated from South-east Asia and was quickly spread throughout Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe by the early traders and explorers. 

Moses -in-the-cradle

In the Garden

Rhoeo spathacea commonly called Moses-in-the-cradle originated from the tropical areas of Central America. 

Colourful leaves spell crotons

In the Garden

Codiaeum commonly called crotons belong to the  Euphorbiaceae family and originated in Asia, mainly Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

A native of Tanzania

In The Garden

African violets whose botanical name is Saintpaulia came originally from the hills of Tanzania in East Africa.


In the Garden

Eggplant or aubergine, commonly called boulanger or baigan in this part of the world, originated in India and eastern Asia thousands of years ago, and is now widely grown in the tropics.