Our guest speaker at The Cottage Garden Society AGM this year was Neil Lucas, of Knoll Gardens fame. I funded the lecture on the condition that we would call it ‘The Betty Sheppard Memorial Lecture’ for my recently departed Mum, a long-standing member of the CGS and a big fan of Neil’s. She’d have loved that!
In his excellent talk, Neil mentioned that a talented gardener he had worked with insisted on shortening the name of Verbena bonariensis to ‘VB’s’ – not a bad idea as it is a bit of a mouthful. (Younger sister Jo has until now always called them ‘verbena botsy-motsy-wotsits’).
So in our family, from now on, we will be adapting her name to call them ‘Very Bettys’ – much easier for us to remember.
And as if she is in complete agreement, all of us three daughters have reported a big increase in the number of Very Betty’s in our garden this year! Here are some of mine in the middle bed, below.