A showy vine

Over the last few weeks I have been writing about fungus and pests. 

Garden insects and pests

(Continued from last week) Mealy bugs can be devastating There are two types of nealy bugs: they are either white or pink.

A Christmas tree for the tropics

Araucaria excels, commonly called Norfolk Island pine or just Christmas tree originated from Norfolk Island, an Australian territory off the east coast of Australia in the South Pacific. 

Sorrel ‒ A Christmas delight

Hibiscus sabdariffa commonly called sorrel or rosella comes from the Malvaceae family and originated from India and Malaysia, later spreading to Africa and the Caribbean.

The symbol of Christmas

Poinsettias evoke the holiday spirit and have become the symbol of Christmas. Euphorbia pulcherrima (‘pulcherrima’ means ‘very beautiful’) is commonly called the Poinsettia or Flower of the Holy Night.

The symbol of Christmas

Poinsettias evoke the holiday spirit and have become the symbol of Christmas. Euphorbia pulcherrima (‘pulcherrima’ means ‘very beautiful’) is commonly called the Poinsettia or Flower of the Holy Night.

Culinary ginger

Zingiber officinale commonly called Culinary ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and originates from South-east Asia. 

Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia mille commonly called Crown of Thorns or Christ of Thorns originates from Madagascar and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.

The Periwinkle

Catharanthus rosens commonly called Periwinkle, Never Done or Vinca originates from Madagascar.  Over the years, botanists have been working to breed periwinkle in many colours and with large flowers.

Pride of Barbados

Caesalpinia pulcherrima commonly called Pride of Barbados or Peacock flower originates from the West Indies.


Nerium oleander commonly called Oleander or Rose bay originates from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East and comes from the Apocynaceae family.

The Staghorn fern

Platycerium bifurcatum commonly called Staghorn fern originates in the tropical areas of Australia, Asia and Africa, but has adapted well to Guyana.

The Maidenhair fern

Adiantum commonly called the Maidenhair fern originates from tropical Brazil. There are approxi-mately 200 species.

Breadfruit fern

The Breadfruit fern commonly called the Toyo fern originates in the tropical Americas and the Caribbean, and belongs to the Polypodiaceae family. 

Davallia fern

The Davallia fern is commonly called the Rabbit foot fern, and it originates from the tropical Island of Fiji.

The Boston fern

Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis commonly called Boston fern originated from the tropical and sub-tropical regions. 

Planting a hedge

Are you planting a hedge and don’t know what to choose? Most people when deciding to plant a hedge, do so for the simple reason of privacy, but if you want to add greenery and colour at the same time you can have both.

The Bamboo orchid

Arundina graminifolia commonly called the Bamboo orchid is native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. 

The magnificent Dendrobium

Fascinating orchids

Dendrobium orchids originate from South-east Asia and the South Pacific including India, Australia and Fiji. 


Mysterious orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are native to South East Asia; they are beautiful and exotic and are commonly known as phal.

Fascinating orchids

Cattleya orchids Part 3

Cattleya are natives of South and Central America and the Caribbean.  There are approximately 60 natural species of this genus. 

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.

A tree which looks like an orchid

In the Garden

Bauhinia purpurea is commonly called the Orchid tree or Butterfly tree.  Here in Guyana and the Caribbean it is also known as Poor man orchid.

An attractive climber – Petrea

In the Garden

Petrea, commonly called Purple wreath or Sandpaper vine comes from the Verbenaceae family and originated from Mexico and Central America.

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.

More on bougainvilleas

In the Garden

I am happy to know that many of you grow bougainvilleas and were interested in the last article.

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.