…and the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar!

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardening Miscellany -

It used to be ex­pected that H. niger would bloom near the date we now think of as 6 Jan­uary. Un­der the old Ju­lian cal­en­dar, this was Christ­mas Day.

So, when the new Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar came around, and Christ­mas Day be­came 25 De­cem­ber, the flower was not yet in bloom. This was con­sid­ered such a ter­ri­ble omen that Eng­land did not fully adopt the new cal­en­dar for around an­other 180 years – un­til 1751.

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