As you can see from our feature picture, we Growbags are wistfully remembering the times when we could share large slabs of cake and cuppas in a cosy café…….!
We’ve decided this week it’s your turn to put your brain cells to work. To give you a break from baking mince pies and festive Zoom parties, Elaine and I have put together a quiz for you. We tried it out on Caroline and she couldn’t answer any of it, so don’t worry, you definitely won’t be getting the lowest score……..(and the answers are at the link at the end).
Me first and I’ve set you an ID test of native plants that have nice berries at this time of the year. How many can you name?
And now over to Elaine’s little puzzles:
Just how brilliant at gardening are you?
Can you turn a LIME into a ROSE?!!
By changing one letter at a time, and making a real word each time, see if you can turn the first word into the second word in 3 or 4 moves:
- LIME …… …… ROSE
- RAIN …… …… ……. WIND
- BUGS …… ….. ……. PEAR
- CORN …… …… …… MACE
And now for a little rhyming puzzle that will lead to a festive horticultural favourite:
My first is in CHRISTMAS and also in MARY,
My second is in YULETIDE but never in CHEERY,
My third is in STOCKING and also in SNOW,
My fourth is in GIFT but never in BOW,
My fifth’s not in RIBBON but it is in a BELL,
And my sixth’s not in PUDDING, but it is in NOEL,
My seventh’s in NUTS and QUALITY STREET,
My eighth is in TOASTY but never in HEAT,
My ninth is in PRESENT and also in NEAR,
The whole is a PLANT FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!!!
Time for bit of gardening trivia now – can you answer these questions?
- Which king created the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
- What did Sir Charles Isham bring to Britain from Germany in 1847?
- The RHS stages a Garden Show at Tatton Park – in what county is it?
- What is Impatiens walleriana more commonly known as?
- (Since you’re reading the 3Growbags Christmas Quiz….!) What plant has the name of the Italian for ‘beautiful woman’?
- Which of these is botanically a vegetable – tomato, courgette, aubergine, rhubarb?
The UK has some utterly fabulous gardens, but it’s hard to put the address in your SATNAV if the name of the garden is horribly muddled up. Can you unscramble these iconic places? I’m afraid this one COMPLETELY defeated Caroline – she couldn’t get a single one, and had to take comfort in some of the Prosecco she had bought in for her Yuletide celebrations…………:
- I’M CHAPEL BALEEN
- NAVEL’S HELL
- SHRUG NITS, SIS!
- ‘E SHUT ROAD
- RED TIGER TAX
- (this is my special favourite) GARDENING LAURA – RICH BENDY BOOT!!!!
Do check out Louise’s lovely plant for this week (now there’s someone who wouldn’t have a problem with plant IDs) – we are so thrilled that her super little book in our shop is proving such a hit with everyone!
Next week’s blog will be a video of our year – Caroline has put together a short story of how the3Growbags (and the UK) have staggered through 2020 – we hope you enjoy it.
We also hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas. Let’s all give ourselves a massive pat on the back. We’ve got through the year, with our love of plants and gardening playing a huge part in saving our sanity. We’ve even managed a good old laugh from time to time!
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