Happy birthday dear blog!
Its hard to believe but its virtually a year ago that I sat down and wracked my brains for something to say for the first post on the blog… now I have about 20 ideas underway at any one time and could probably post almost every day if I had the time to type them up and anyone had time to read them. Don’t worry tho – roughly once a week is quite enough for me too!
The blog got off to a pretty slow start – 2 viewers the first day – probably just me logging in on two different machines BUT now its built up to well over 100 separate viewers for each post, around 1,000 views in total every month and over the course of the year, from a very slow start we’ve have had nearly 7,000 views in total.
So thank you for reading & please carry on doing so….and if you belong to a garden related group then why not pass on the word via newsletters or announcements & encourage your friends to sign up too.
Anyway, by way of light relief I thought I’d offer a quiz this week to see how much of what I write has sunk in! I’ve tried not to make it too hard so good luck! All the answers can be found in earlier posts… but if you get stuck the answers are at the end.
There are 4 sections. The first 3 have 10 picture clues each, and the final one 20 questions….
WHERE IS THIS…?
And now Section 2
WHO IS THIS?
And Section 3…WHAT IS THIS?
AND FINALLY – WHO DID THIS?
1.Left their money to the Cambridge Botanic Garden?
- Named the Wellingtonia?
- Designed a hedgehog-shaped flowerpot?
- Had a wolf-trap on his list of garden tools?
- Succeeded Mr Middleton?
- Built Roman ruins in his garden?
- Owned an elephant called Sadi?
- Fell in love with gardening when they fell headfirst into “a tub of liquid manure”
9. Bred King Alfred
- Wanted to “improve” the village green at Hare Street
- Invented the curvilinear glazing bar?
- Painted Blazing Borders?
- Buried their dog at Newstead Abbey?
- Collected cedar trees?
- Bought George Bernard Shaw’s garden spade?
- Thought that potatoes and beans were ‘munitions of war’
- Said their favourite flower was the cauliflower?
- Wrote The Retir’d Gardener?
- Came home quickly from Calaveras Grove?
- Sent Green frogs to Russia?
HOW DID YOU DO? ANSWERS BELOW THE LOGO….
Where is it?
1. Knebworth 2. Dyffryn 3. Ashridge 4. Queens Cottage, Kew 5. BBC TV Garden at Alexandra Palace 6. Panorama Tower, Croome Park 7. St Donat’s Castle 8. Hall Place 9.Archer Pavilion at Wrest Park 10. Pitzhanger
Who is it?
1. Sequoyah 2. Fred Streeter 3. Sir John Soane 4. Rosemary Verey 5. Venus 6. Princess Elizabeth, the Winter Queen 7. Repton 8. St Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners 9. Marion Davis 10. Thomas Mawson
What is this?
1. Azor the dog’s tomb 2. Contemporary Royal beast by Tom Hiscock 3. Henry VIII’s leopard of England 4. Chinese Temple at Wrest Park 5. Cedar of Lebanon cone 6. Wedgewood plaque for the abolitionist movement 7. Matthew Paris’s drawing of an elephant 8. The tomb of Mrs Soane’s dog Fanny’s 9. The tomb of Loudon’s parents 10. The lost gates of Copped Hall.
Who did this?
1. Reginald Cory 2. John Lindley 3. Josiah Wedgwood 4. Alexander Neckam, Abbot of Cirencester 5. Fred Streeter 6. Sir John Soane 7. The Duke of Devonshire 8. Frances Perry 9. John Kendall, a retired solicitor 10. Humphry Repton 11. John Claudius Loudon 12. Beatrice Parsons 13. Lord Byron 14. Tiglath-Pileser I and/or William Robinson 15. Ray Bradbury 16. Mr Middleton 17. Bill Sowerbutts 18. Henry Wise 19. William Lobb 20. Josiah Wedgwood