Our January meeting was the ever-popular quiz session. Divided into teams by drawing cards, we soon settled down to ponder such mysteries as which garden Siouxie and Banshees sang about, what word linked an artichoke and the WI, and the French name for the dandelion.*
Time to try a few. Answers below.
• Which garden in literature was restored by a little girl who came to England from India?
• Ground elder (ugh)
is a huge problem for the gardener but, having dug it up, what could you do with the leaves?
• What word links an antirrhinum and the Welsh emblem?
• Which tree yields the small fruit which can be used to flavour gin?
• Which part of the vanilla orchid is dried for use as a culinary flavouring?
• Hydrangeas are usually described as one of two types. Mophead
• Which terrifying plants were created by John Wyndham in 1951?
• Which grain is used to make semolina?
• A tall tale, joke or excuse too-often repeated is referred to as a what?
• What do lacewings feed upon?
• What three coniferous trees are native to Britain?
• What do laburnum seeds
and mistletoe berries have in common?
We had a great time, what with questions covering everything from Bill and Ben and Madison Square Garden to whether an elephant apple was a real thing (nope) and the percentage of water in a watermelon (92%, incidentally). This was not the, er, quietest of meetings, with our chair forced to emulate John Bercow and attempt to shut us us with much use of the gavel. It didn’t work.
*Hong Kong Garden, Jerusalem and pissenlit – in case you were wondering…
1. The Secret Garden
2. Eat them, apparently – raw, cooked or made into soup. Dim diolch…
4. Blackthorn or quickthorn
5. The seed pod
9. An old chestnut
11. Yew, Scots Pine, Juniper
12. They’re both poisonous…