A GARDENER’S MISCELLANY
The hedge is the subject of our trivia and puzzles this week
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.
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.