Fun gardening quiz
In the garden with Peta Marshall
For several years now we have compiled a special Priory Farm Christmas gardening quiz, and this year we're doing it again – but this time it's just for fun.
The following 30 questions may be just what you need to help digest the turkey and trimmings after Christmas lunch and before the Queen's Speech comes on at 3pm.
Take another sip of sherry, put your gardener's thinking cap on - and prepare to be bamboozled. Each question has three possible answers, but only one is correct. Scroll to the bottom for the answers.
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1. The cranberry, so popular in a sauce to go with the Christmas turkey, is known botanically as what?
2. What would a gardener do with a dibber or dibble?
a) Scrape mud off spades and trowels
b) Make holes in compost from transplanting seedlings
c) Grade soil particles according to size
3. What is meant by a resistant vegetable variety?
a) A variety that is resistant to being attacked by pests or diseases
b) A variety that is not resistant to being attacked by pests and diseases
c) A variety that doesn't like being moved
4. The Royal Horticultural Society runs a large garden at Rosemoor. Which county is it in?
5. What general term is given to the trees and shrubs whose leaves fall in autumn?
6. What is the popular name for the flowering house plant Impatiens walleriana?
b) Black-eyed Susan
c) Busy Lizzie
7. What is the name given to the technique of clipping trees and hedges into ornamental shapes?
c) Renewal pruning
8. Why do gardeners practice crop rotation?
a) To grow bigger vegetables
b) To make the garden appear organised and efficient
c) To help prevent a build up of pests and diseases in the soil
9. Which part of a tree can be used to make cork?
a) The bark
b) Root tissue
c) Pulped seeds
10. The love apple is the original name for what?
11. 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
12. 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
13. A 'kumquat' is a small Japanese variety of what sort of fruit?
14. Harry Wheatcroft was a renowned breeder of which type of plant?
15. 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
16. What is the Latin name for the Rowan Tree?
17. On what would you use the spray containing the chemical 'Glyphosate'?
a) Persistent weeds
b) Greenfly, blackfly and whitefly
c) Black spot of roses
18. What is the popular name for the Antirrhinum?
a) Snake-bark maple
c) Dog's tooth violet
19. 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
20. 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
21. Araucaria araucana is better known as what?
a) Tree of Heaven
b) Dragon tree
c) Monkey puzzle tree
22. 'Iceberg' is NOT a type of what?
a) White arum
23. Camellias belong to which plant family?
24. Monty Don stood down as the main presenter of TV's Gardeners' World this year. Who replaced him?
a) Barney Tuckland
b) Toby Buckland
c) Bob Tarland
25. What is a cloche?
a) A cover to protect plants
b) A type of fruit
c) A way of digging
26. Jasper Carrott could be linked to which of these vegetable varieties?
a) 'Chantenay Red Cored'
b) 'Webbs Wonder'
c) 'Gardener's Delight'
27. What is the Latin name of the yellow winter jasmine?
a) Jasminum nakediflorum
b) Jasminum nudiflorum
c) Jasminum bareiiflorum
28. The traditional Christmas tree – Picea abies – is what type of conifer?
29. Why would you cover carrots with horticultural fleece?
a) To keep them warm in winter
b) To stop them being attacked by carrot root fly
c) To hide them from view
30. And finally, which of these is an anagram of 'Happy Christmas from all at Priory Farm!'?
a) Hmm! Pay crop or clamp fair shortfall arm!
b) Tipsy army pro champ alarms Flora Firth!
c) Fair pompoms shortfall. Charity arm pry!
This week in your garden:
● Don't forget to give garden birds a Christmas treat - seeds, dried fruit and sunflower hearts will be much appreciated.
● Bring in some sprigs of foliage, and any flowers from the garden, to decorate the Christmas table.
● You won't want to spend too much time outside this week, but make a pledge that whenever you do step into the garden, you pull up at least one weed.
For four years now I've written the gardening page in the guide and it has been a real pleasure putting down my thoughts and passing on some of the advice I've picked up along the way. But we are on the threshold of a new year and things are a-changing.
I'll be retiring this spring and there's much to be done before I go, so this will be my last column for The Guide.
Thank you to all those who have helped me research for the columns, and especially to all of the readers who have popped in to Priory Farm to say hello. I'll miss you all. Happy Christmas – and happy gardening! Love Peta.
●Peta Marshall is the plant centre manager at Priory Farm in Nutfield. Website: www.prioryfarm.co.uk
1. c) Vaccinium
2. b) make holes in compost from transplanting seedlings
3. a) a variety that is resistant to being attacked by pests or diseases
4. b) Devon
5. a) deciduous
6. c) Busy Lizzie
7. a) topiary
8. c) to help prevent a build up of pests and diseases in the soil
9. a) the bark
10. b) tomato
11. b) cover the soil with a light-excluding mulch or mulch-fabric
12. b) a shallow trench in which to sow seeds
13. a) citrus
14. c) roses
15. b) the Leyland cypress
16. a) Sorbus
17. a) persistent weeds
18. b) snapdragon
19. b) a variety of grape
20. a) a ditch forming a boundary but not obscuring a view
21. c) Monkey puzzle tree
22. a) white arum
23. a) heather
24. b) Toby Buckland
25. a) a cover to protect plants
26. a) 'Chantenay Red Cored'
27. b) Jasminum nudiflorum
28. c) spruce
29. b) to stop them being attacked by carrot root fly
30. b) Tipsy army pro champ alarms Flora Firth!