Name that plant No. 1 – Tresco Abbey Garden

One of the most exciting parts of our 2 week work experience placement in the gardens of Tresco is the opportunity to learn about and work with a vast collection of plants which we could not hope to encounter on mainland Britain. The second largest of the Scilly Isles, Tresco is set in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cornwall in the most southerly part of the British Isles. The Scilly Isles are blessed with a remarkably mild climate: frosts are rare even in hard winters. Trees planted by the garden’s creator, Augustus Smith, in the mid 19th century shelter the gardens from strong Atlantic winds and have enabled several generations of the Dorrian-Smith family to develop an enchanting exotic garden full of plants which are native to the hotter climes of South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and the Canary Isles. Gardening here is like gardening from scratch – I recognise barely any of the plants and I have never been so aware of how much I still have to learn about the wonderful world of plants as I am right now. Plant idents are a regular feature of traineeships and internships here. Here are the plants Phil and I were tested on during our first few days – see if you can do any better than we did. Points for genus, species, family and country of origin – answers at the bottom of the page..

Aeonium cuneatum - crassulaceae - Scilly cabbage - Canary IslandsAraucaria heteriphylla -araucariaceae - Norfolk Island Pine - Norfolk IslandMetrosideros exelsa - myrtaceae - New Zealand Christmas Tree - New ZealandProtea suzannae - proteaceae - South AfricaLeucadendron argenteum - proteaceae - South African Silver Tree - South AfricaBrugmansia sanguineum - solanaceae - Angel's Trumpets - PeruCunonia capensis - cunoniaceae - South African Red AlderProtea cynaroides - proteaceae - King Protea - South AfricaPolygala myrtifolia - polygalaceae - South AfricaBanksia integrifolia - proteaceae - AustraliaLuma apiculata - myrtaceae - Chilean myrtle - ChileEscallonia macrantha - escalloniaceae - ChileHedychium gardnerianum - zingiberaceae - IndiaPittosporum crassifolium - pittosporaceae - New ZealandEchium pininana - boraginaceae - Canary IslandsGeranium madarense - geranianeae - Madeira Geranium - MadeiraCorrea virens - rutaceae - Australia Diosma pulchrum 'Golden Sunset' - verbenaceae - confetti bush - South Africa

ANSWERS FROM TOP

Aeonium cuneatum – crassulaceae – Scilly cabbage – Canary Islands

Araucaria heteriphylla – araucariaceae – Norfolk Island Pine – Norfolk Island

Metrosideros exelsa – myrtaceae – New Zealand Christmas Tree – New Zealand

Protea suzannae – proteaceae – ? – South Africa

Leucadendron argenteum – proteaceae – South African Silver Tree – South Africa

Brugmansia sanguineum – solanaceae – Angel’s Trumpets – Peru

Cunonia capensis – cunoniaceae – South African Red Alder

Protea cynaroides – proteaceae – King Protea – South Africa

Polygala myrtifolia – polygalaceae – South Africa

Banksia integrifolia – proteaceae – Australia

Luma apiculata – myrtaceae – Chilean myrtle – Chile

Escallonia macrantha – escalloniaceae – Chile

Hedychium gardnerianum – zingiberaceae – India

Pittosporum crassifolium – pittosporaceae – New Zealand

Echium pininana – boraginaceae – Canary Islands

Geranium madarense – geranianeae – Madeira Geranium – Madeira

Correa virens – rutaceae – Australia

Diosma pulchrum ‘Golden Sunset’ – verbenaceae – confetti bush – South Africa

 

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