Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:33
An aunt of mine thought she was the fount of all gardening knowledge. Helpfully, she would point out the deficiencies of seed packets, insisting that "they" had got it wrong, and that the plants were not as illustrated. Linum was one such plant, I recall, and I had (painfully) to bite my tongue rather than argue! btw I suspect she was a witch in her spare time
She also insisted, but insisted, that aquilegias were not Grannies' Bonnets. She reserved that description for Monkshood, (More tongue biting here, all the more so since her daughter, my cousin, is following in her (dis)honourable mother's footsteps )
Lilac, especially white lilac, was supposed to be unlucky, and hospital staff would refuse to place it on the wards. And red and white flower combinations were supposedly a reflection of the purity and blood of the death of Christ. Funnily enough, that persisted (and may still do, for all I know) in many churches, and you rarely, if ever, see red and white flower arrangements in church.