Thursday, 6 August 2009

Antirinum or is it Antirhinum or...

When I was very small Dad gave me a little patch of garden in which to grow plants. I recall that Virginia Stock was one of the plants that I grew from seed (and was in tears when my patch flooded and the little seedlings looked to be drowned). I also grew Radishes and Lettuces but the only other flowers I can recall having in my little patch were Snapdragons. (I would put Antirrhinum in brackets but I’m never sure how to spell it!!!)

I still have a few around the garden and they delight me just as much now as they did then.



  1. Are the ones you have now the descendants of the original?

    My Dictionary says...
    antirhinum as the spelling in case you need again.

    Super day weather-wise down here in the south east...
    Love Granny

  2. Derfinitely antirrhinum - but Snap Dragon is so much nicer!

  3. Absolutely one of my favourite flowers but I have had little success with them up here on Lewis.

  4. To this day, I cannot walk by a snapdragon without making it "talk". It just cracks me up.

  5. Have you ever heard of snapdragons being called "bunny mouths?" That's what my late mother-in-law used to call them. She loved gardening and had a way with plants.
    Canadian chickadee

  6. I've never heard them called Bunny Mouths, Canadian Chickadee. I wonder by what other names they also go? I couldn't find any on the web but I did discover -
    •During the 1950's snapdragons were one of the top five cut flowers grown in North America
    •In Antirrhinum majus, "Anti" in Greek means "like," and "rhinos" means "snout."

  7. No, Granny, the present ones are not descendants of the originals. In fact, I don't really know where the present ones came from. I haven't planted any so presumably they are the 'children' of plants grown by the previous owner of this house.

  8. As a child I knew them as bunny grandchildren still say that when talking about them.

    1. I suspect that the way local and traditional names get passed on is in families. Hopefully one day your grandchildren will tell their grandchildren that's what they're called.


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