Jacaranda acutifolia

      Jacaranda acutifolia, commonly called the ‘fern tree’, originated in Brazil and comes from the Bignoniaceae family.

Cannonball tree

Couroupita guianensis, commonly called Cannonball tree, is a large upright tropical tree that grows to approximately 60 feet in height, with a thick, tough bark.

Flamboyant: a shade tree

Delonix regia commonly called Flamboyant or Royal Poinciana belongs to the Leguminosae family and originated in Madagascar.


Codiaeum commonly called crotons belong to the Euphorbiaceae family, which has its origins in Asia: mainly Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

Glorious Balsam

Balsam commonly called Lady’s Slipper comes from the Balsaminaceae family and is related to Impatiens.


Amaryllis is another amazing bulb plant that is simply gorgeous. Scientific name Hippeastrum, Amaryllis is taken from the Greek word which means ‘sparkling’ and it symbolizes radiant beauty and love.


Right now, bulbs and tubers plants are popping up in the most amazing colours.


Part 2  (Continued from last week) I have received my Dahlia tubers and they are ready to be planted.

Easter Lily

Beautiful flowers are popping up everywhere in a rainbow of colours and you can tell it is that time of the year – Easter or Spring as they say in northern climates.


We are well into the season of colourful annuals, seeds and bulbs. Zinnia elegans commonly called Mexican Zinnias originated, as the name suggests, in Mexico and spread throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.


(Continued from last week) For those of you who would like to use garden soil or compost, just add some clean white sand and mix same together.


Tagetes commonly called Marigold originated in Mexico, but can be found throughout South America and the Caribbean.

The umbrella plant

Schefflera arboricola commonly called the umbrella plant originated in Taiwan. Its unique, pinwheel foliage makes it a suitable indoor plant and it has a tropical look.

Peace Lily

Do not overwater your Peace Lily as this can cause the plant’s leaves to yellow.

The Flamingo plant

Justicia carnea commonly called Jacobinea or Flamingo Plant originated in Brazil and there are approximarely 300 species in the Justicia genus.

Pomegranate the wonder fruit!

Pomegranate is an exotic antioxidant and one of the superfruits. It is rich in nutrients which makes it popular around the world and the seeds are an excellent source of fibre.

Pomegranate, the wonder fruit

Punica granatum commonly called Pomegranate originated in Iran (formerly called Persia). It is one of the oldest fruits and is mentioned in the Bible.

Spike your lawn now!

During the week, I inspected some lawns around the outskirts of the city and for crying out loud, most of them are in need of help!

Culinary ginger

This year almost every Christmas event had lot and lots of freshly brewed ginger beer.

The symbol of Christmas

(Continued from last week) Last week I received the most marvellous marble and velvet red Poinsettias plants along with several Christmas cards with beautiful red poinsettias covering the front.

A Christmas tree for the tropics

Araucaria excels, commonly called Norfolk Island Pine or just Christmas Tree originated from Norfolk Island in the South Pacific which is an Australian territory off the coast of Australia.

The Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta commonly called Sago Palm originated from Japan in the Far East.

The Sealing wax palm

Cyrtostachys renda, commonly called the Lipstick or Sealing wax palm is another exotic palm in the Palmae family.

Fishtail palm

Caryota mitis commonly called Fishtail palm originated in India and South-east Asia. The leaves of the Fishtail palm are unique; they are shaped like the tails of fish, hence the name Fishtail palm.

Macarthur Palm

Ptychosperma Macarthurii, the Macarthur Palm, commonly called the Hurricane Palm originated in New Guinea and Australia.

Christmas Palm

Veitchia merrillii commonly called Christmas Palm or Manila Palm originated in the Philippines and the South Pacific and has adapted well in Guyana, the Caribbean and Florida.

The Golden palm

Chrysalidocarpus lutescens commonly called Areca palm, Golden palm or Butterfly palm originates from Madagascar where sadly it is now endangered and very rare.

The popular palm

Palms having adapted well hundreds of years ago to the tropics and the Caribbean are now very common in local landscaping.

The oriental

Rhapis excelsa commonly called Lady Palm originated from southern China and Taiwan.   There are approximately 2,500 palm species in the palm family.

Mexican creeper

06Corallita commonly called Mexican creeper originated from Mexico, Central America and belongs to the Polygonaceae family – ie, the Buckwheat family.


Momordica charantia commonly called Carilla, bitter melon or bitter gourd originated from the Indian sub-continent.

Dwarf Mussaenda

Last week I wrote about the magnificent Mussaenda in colours of red, white, pink and dark pink.


Mussaenda erythrophylla, commonly called Ashanti blood or Red mussaenda originated from West Africa.


Pruning can improve the look of your plants. Most plants grow better and stay healthier with a little pruning.

Dwarf golden apple

Dwarf ambarella commonly called Dwarf golden apple originated in the South Pacific and spread throughout the Caribbean, Florida South and Central America.

Grow your own sweet basil

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) originated from India and Iran. Basil found its way into Italy brought by early travelers via the Mediterranean.


Celery originated from the Mediterranean. It was originally used for medicinal purposes as the seeds contain oil.


Coriander, commonly called dhania on the Indian subcontinent and cilantro or Chinese parsley in Europe and the Americas, originated from southern Europe and the Middle East.