Quote of the Month

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Friday, 4 May 2012

May 2012 Quiz

The May Quiz

1. How can you keep an area of soil weed-free, without digging? 

a) Cut the tops of the weeds off with scissors, to prevent them from seeding 

b) Cover the soil with a light-excluding mulch or mulch-fabric 

c) Ignore the weeds and they will eventually go away

2. When a gardener makes a 'drill' what is he/she making? 

a) A machine to make holes in the ground 

b) A shallow trench in which to sow seeds 

c) A loud noise to scare away birds

3. A 'kumquat' is a small Japanese variety of what sort of fruit?

a) Citrus 

b) Plum 

c) Pineapple

4. Harry Wheatcroft was a renowned breeder of which type of plant?

a) Fuchsias 

b) Begonias 

c) Roses

5. Name the evergreen hedging conifer that has created many a neighbourly dispute?

a) The British Leyland cedar 

b) The Leyland cypress 

c) The Lakeland cupressus

6. What is the Latin name for the Rowan Tree? 

a) Sorbus 

b) Malus 

c) Prunus

7. On what would you use the spray containing the chemical 'Glyphosate'? 

a) Persistent weeds 

b) Greenfly, blackfly and whitefly 

c) Black spot of roses

8. What is the popular name for the Antirrhinum? 

a) Snake-bark maple 

b) Snapdragon 

c) Dog's tooth violet

9. Who, or what, is Müller-Thurgau? 

a) A botanist from Victorian Bavaria 

b) A variety of grape 

c) A summer pudding using raspberries and yoghurt

10. In garden design terms, what is a Ha-Ha?

a) A ditch forming a boundary but not obscuring a view 

b) An area of the garden using mirrors or other illusions 

c) An arbour or other secluded seating area


1. South Africa

2. Alpines

3. Bulbous

4. Aloe Vera

5. Planting seeds

6. Succulents

7. Western Brassicas

8. Slugs and snails

9. Frost

10. Weed

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