A GAR­DENER’S MISCELLANY

The hedge is the sub­ject of our trivia and puz­zles this week

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

6 No­vem­ber

1885 English botanist Frank King­don Ward was born. He brought back to the UK the first vi­able seed of the Hi­malayan blue poppy (Me­conop­sis be­toni­ci­fo­lia, pic­tured) and the gi­ant cowslip (Prim­ula florindae) – which he named af­ter his first wife Florinda.

7 No­vem­ber

1959

English botanist Wil­liam Dal­limore died. He pub­lished Hand­book of Coniferae and played a key role in cre­at­ing Kent’s Bedge­bury Na­tional Pine­tum.

8 No­vem­ber 2017 The tallest rose bush was mea­sured on this day. At 18ft

8in (5.689m) it was grown by Christo­pher

Rose (re­ally!) in, Cal­i­for­nia, USA. The va­ri­ety is ‘Be­witched’ (pic­tured).

9 No­vem­ber 1865

English botanist Thomas Bridges, who spe­cialised in flora from South Amer­ica, died at the age of 58. Pen­ste­mon brid­ge­sii (pic­tured) is named af­ter him, and he is cred­ited with in­tro­duc­ing the large Vic­to­ria ama­zon­ica wa­ter lily to the UK.

10 No­vem­ber 1892

The first an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion of the Wind­sor, Eton and Dis­trict Chrysan­the­mum and Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety in Berk­shire was held.

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