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.
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.