Gar­den­ing his­tory

10-16 July

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

10 July 1860

Queen Vic­to­ria, who was called the ‘Queen of Flow­ers’, vis­ited the Na­tional

Rose Show at Crys­tal Palace, Lon­don.

10 July 1908

H.J. Heinz, chair­man of the food-tin­ning firm, was born. De­spite his canned-food em­pire, he said he pre­ferred fresh veg!

10 July 1951

Ana­gal­lis tenella ‘Stud­land’ (right) re­ceived an RHS AGM on this date. The plant was dis­cov­ered by Ken Aslet, who worked at RHS Wis­ley in Sur­rey, when he was on hol­i­day in Dorset.

11 July 1925 E.C. Buxton died. A fa­mous plants­man of his day, Gera­nium ‘Buxton’s Blue’ (left) is named af­ter him.

12 July 1961

Green peaches fell in a cloud­burst over Shreve­port, Louisiana, USA. Weather­men blamed a vi­o­lent up­draft caus­ing the peaches to be trans­ported over land – but no one knows where from.

15 July

St Swithin’s Day – com­mem­o­rat­ing the day he died, in 971AD. What­ever the weather is on this day is said to con­tinue for the next 40 days.

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