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.

Exotic tropical flowers

Tropical flowers grow naturally in tropical climatic countries. Guyana has a large collection of tropical blooms, which are exotic, beautiful and long lasting. 

Trees

I have written so much on trees in the city, but my warnings and advice continue to fall on deaf ears.

Wishbone Flower

Torenia commonly called Wishbone Flower originated in southern and western Asia. Torenia is another annual grown from seeds.

Lady Slipper

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.

Season for annuals

Annuals are flowering plants that are grown from seeds and would last for approximately six months.

Easter blooms

With Easter comes a rainbow of colours in the garden. Flowers are blooming gloriously.

Swiss cheese plant

Philodendron Monstera obliqua commonly called Swiss cheese plant originated in the rainforests of Central America and Mexico.

Coral Creeper

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.

Growing vegetables from seeds

New varieties of vegetable seeds are out on the market. Over the last two weeks, I have set English Tomatoes, Celery, Chives, Wiri Pepper and Sweet Pepper seeds.

Hanging Heliconia

Heliconia rostrata commonly called Hanging Heliconia or Hanging Lobster Claw originated in South and Central America.

Torch Ginger

Etlingera Elatior commonly called Torch Ginger originated in Malaysia. Torch Ginger is an attractive member of the Ginger family.

Caring for your plants

Over the last few weeks I have received many queries on how to care for potted house plants and what type of plant food to use.

Coral tree

Erythrina indica picta commonly called Coral tree originated in India and Australia. The Coral tree comes from the Leguminosae family.

Castor Oil plant

  Ricinus communis commonly called Castor Oil plant originated in India.This shrub has many varieties.

Chinese Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is actually a member of the Dracaena sanderiana family even though the plant resembles a Bamboo.

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

(continued from last week) Poinsettia with its bright velvety red bracts would make an ideal Christmas gift.

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.

Chinese Money Tree

Pachira aquatica commonly called Chinese Money Tree originated in East Asia: Japan, Taiwan and China. 

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.