Ti Plant

(Cordyline continued)

Last week I spoke about Cordyline terminalis with sword-like leaves. This week I continue with Cordyline terminalis with broad leaves also commonly known as Ti Plant.


Cordyline commonly called Red Dragon or Ti Plant originated in Australia, the Pacific and tropical America.

Purple Heart

Secreasea purpurea commonly called Purple Heart originated in Mexico. Purple Heart is a perennial plant with a striking foliage of delicate purple leaves with bright pink flowers.

Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus commonly called African Lily or Lily of the Nile originated in South Africa.

Angel’s Trumpet

Brugmansia commonly called Angel’s Trumpet originated along the Andes from Venezuela, Brazil and Chile in South America and comes from the Solanceae family.

Victoria Regia

Victoria amazonica commonly called Victoria Regia is native to the shallow water of the Amazon River, Guyana and the Guianas.

Devil’s Trumpet

Datura commonly called Devil’s Trumpet originated in Mexico, and comes from the Solanaceae family.


Crocus commonly called Rain Lilies in Guyana originated in the Mediterranean Region and South West Asia and is a member of the Iris family.

Blood Lily

Haemanthus Katherinae commonly called Blood Lily originated in South Africa and is a member of the Amaryllis family.

Joseph’s Coat

Coleus commonly called Joseph’s Coat originated in Indonesia, Thailand and the East Indies and is a member of the Mint family.


Tagetes commonly called Marigolds originated in Mexico. Every year from early March, thousands of Marigold seedlings are planted around the world in all the famous parks and gardens: Hampton Court and Kew in London, England; Botanic in Munich, Germany; Ball’s in Chicago, USA; Edwards in Toronto, Canada; and in France, the Netherlands and China just to name a few.

Bleeding Heart Vine

Clerodendrum thomsoniae commonly called Bleeding Heart Vine originated in West Africa. Bleeding Heart Vine has woody twining stems with large broad and oblong leaves.


Chrysanthemums commonly called Mums originated in China. The Chinese grew Chrysanthemums as early as the 15th century.

Easter Lily

Lilium longiflorum commonly called Easter Lily originated in Japan where it blooms abundantly.

Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia milli commonly called Crown of Thorns or Christ of Thorns originated in Madagascar and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.

Silk Cotton tree

Ceiba pentandra commonly called Kapok tree in Asia and Silk Cotton tree in the Caribbean originated from the American tropics, Asia and Africa Silk Cotton trees can be found in many Caribbean countries and here in Guyana too.

Devil’s Ivy

Golden Pothos commonly called Devil’s Ivy is known worldwide. Devil’s Ivy is an undemanding climbing plant with green and yellow or white variegated leaves.

Grafting and budding

(Continued) If you would like to try grafting and budding, you would need the following:Sterilized budding knife One healthy rootstock plant – disease free (approximately 18 – 24 months old) One healthy shoot (scion approximately 6 – 10 inches long) Budding tapeIn the case of citrus, a lemon rootstock can be used with a shoot (scion) from a lime tree.

Grafting and budding

(continued) The choice of the rootstock depends largely upon being resistant to nematodes and gummosis disease, which is a serious problem in the Caribbean.

Grafting and budding

  Grafting and budding are horticultural techniques used to propagate cultivars which are more vigorous when grown on another plant.

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach commonly called Poi callaloo or Poi bhaji is native to Southern India and is grown widely in the tropics.

Fine thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) commonly called fine-leaf thyme and its cousin Spanish thyme originated from the Mediterranean and are used in many Caribbean dishes.

Culinary ginger

Zingiber officinale commonly called ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and originated in South-East Asia.

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine or Christmas Tree, Araucaria excels, originated from Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia in the South Pacific.

Let us ID and tag Yellow Poui

(Continued from last week) As far as I am aware, the only surviving Yellow Poui is planted outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Main Street.


(Continued from last week) Heliconias make excellent table and floor fresh flower arrangements and can be found in hotel lobbies, malls, banks, churches and reception halls.

The beautiful heliconia

Heliconias are magnificent and beautiful. A few years ago there were approximately 20 species of heliconia grown in the Caribbean; today, there are more than 400 species in cultivation.

Saplings need protection

In an earlier article, I had implored the authorities to put in place a maintenance plan with the hope of raising the awareness and importance of our trees; to no avail.

Tree trimmers need training

As the hype of making Georgetown a ‘green city’ continues, one can only watch speechlessly as the butchering of trees progresses.


is a showy shrub

Allamanda prefers a rich soil and plenty of water during the hot/dry days.

Peltophorum can be seen along Carmichael Street

Peltophorum, commonly called Pride of India, are fast growing large trees. They can grow to approximately 66 feet tall with large, spreading crown and bear masses of fragrant golden-yellow flowers in clusters, followed by small reddish/brown pods which can be seen from a distance.

Thunbergia erecta

Thunbergia erecta commonly called King’s Mantle, originated from tropical West Africa and comes from the Acanthaceae family.

The Festival of Flowers (Part 2)

During The Festival of Flowers we were treated to violin music by a young musician during the lunch break, and what a treat that was along with the steel pan and the cathedral organ.

The Festival of Flowers

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception better known as Brickdam Cathedral held a Grand Festival of Flowers in celebration of their centenary last Monday and Tuesday at the cathedral.

Cordia sebestena

Cordia sebestena commonly called Spanish Cordia or Geranium tree originated from the northern coast of South America and the Caribbean, and comes from the Boraginaceae family.

The hype on mulch and wood waste!

(Part 2)

As I said last week, there is a lot of hype around mulch and wood waste but sometimes the sawmills cannot be trusted to provide safe wood waste.