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.