At this time of the year, seeds and bulbs are popping up everywhere.
Helianthus Annuus commonly called Sunflower originated in North America from New Mexico, USA to Canada.
The Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii) is called the Butterfly Plant in Guyana and the Caribbean.
Dendrobium Orchids originated in South East Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and India.
The dining room is used for dining and entertaining. When selecting a potted plant for the dining table, choose something simple yet elegant and effective.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Alpinia zerumbet commonly called Shell Ginger originated in South East Asia and Hawaii and comes from the Ginger family.
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.
Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’ commonly called Hawaiian or West Indian Holly originated in Burma and comes from the Leeaceae family.
Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis commonly called Four O’ Clock flowers originated in Peru and is native to tropical South America.
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.
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.
National Tree Planting Day was celebrated yesterday, October 7, and it was interesting to see how many new trees were planted.
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.
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.
Over the years, I have experimented with and grown various types of roses: Dutch, English, American and tropical.
Years ago, climbing roses were among the most precious flowers to adorn a garden.
Continued from last week Miniature roses are most likely descendants of the old Chinese rose Rosa chinensis.
Continued from last week This week, we will look at Floribunda roses and Hybrid Tea roses.
(Continued from last week) There are five classes of roses: Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbers or Ramblers and Shrub 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, 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.
In Guyana, avocado (Persea Americana) is in season. The fruit is bountiful in the markets in different sizes depending on where they were grown.
Owing to the heavy rainfall lots of pests and fungi are showing up.
Cuphea hyssopifolia commonly called Mexican Heather or False Heather originated in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in Central America.
Last week I had many enquiries about blossoms, fruits and flowers falling before they could mature and what needs to be done to correct the situation.
Hibiscus syriacus commonly called Rose of Sharon or Shrub Althea originated in northern Israel and Syria.
Impatiens, commonly called Busy Lizzie, originated in eastern Africa and comes from the Balsaminaceae family.
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.
Contrary to what some might think, there is a lot to do in the garden during the rainy season.
Tropical flowers grow naturally in tropical climatic countries. Guyana has a large collection of tropical blooms, which are exotic, beautiful and long lasting.
Last week I rescued approximately a dozen or more new plants that people received for Mother’s Day and did not know what to do to save them after they started to turn yellow.
On Mother’s Day many of you would have received potted plants and flowers.
I have written so much on trees in the city, but my warnings and advice continue to fall on deaf ears.
Torenia commonly called Wishbone Flower originated in southern and western Asia. Torenia is another annual grown from seeds.
Balsam commonly called Lady Slipper originated from Southern Asia. Lady Slipper is an annual plant and is an old-fashioned favourite grown from seeds between April and September; it is a member of the Impatiens family.
Annuals are flowering plants that are grown from seeds and would last for approximately six months.
With Easter comes a rainbow of colours in the garden. Flowers are blooming gloriously.
Philodendron Monstera obliqua commonly called Swiss cheese plant originated in the rainforests of Central America and Mexico.
Barleria repens commonly called Coral Creeper originated in South Africa. The Coral Creeper is a scrambling flowering shrub with glossy green leaves and coral (reddish/orange) tubular flowers.