Gardening Quiz - Bulbs - Bulbs 1 (Questions)

Scientists differentiate between 'bulbs', 'corms', 'tubers' and 'rhizomes' but to most gardeners they are all the same thing and they serve the same purpose – they are planted when they are dormant and magically spring into life.

It may not be necessary to know whether you are planting a bulb or just something similar but it certainly helps to know when to plant it. Planting a summer-flowering, tender bulb in the autumn is a recipe for disaster as is planting a spring flowering bulb in March. These quizzes will help point you in the right direction.

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1. On which continent are there no indigenous crocus species?
[ ] Africa
[ ] Asia
[ ] Australia
[ ] Europe
2. This colourful species of zantedeschia is usually known as what?
[ ] Belladonna lily
[ ] Calla lily
[ ] Peruvian lily
[ ] Lily of the valley
3. What is the common name of Eranthis hyemalis?
[ ] Winter Aconite
[ ] Winter Iris
[ ] Winter Jasmine
[ ] Winter Oxalis
4. This stunning display of Alliums was seen at a gardening show in 2011. What type of vegetable are the plants closely related to?
[ ] Artichokes
[ ] Asparagus
[ ] Carrots
[ ] Onions
5. What is the name of this celebrated species of lily?
[ ] L. auratum
[ ] L. bulbiferum
[ ] L. longiflorum
[ ] L. speciosum
6. Ranunculas grow best in what conditions?
[ ] Cool and dry
[ ] Cool and moist
[ ] Hot and dry
[ ] Hot and moist
7. Digging snowdrops from a wild wood for re-planting in your own garden is what?
[ ] Encouraged
[ ] Often permissible
[ ] Seldom permissible
[ ] Illegal
8. Ixias are often known as what?
[ ] Corn Aster
[ ] Corn Lily
[ ] Corn Marigold
[ ] Corn Poppy
9. Fritillarias have a scent that is sometimes described as what?
[ ] Ferny
[ ] Foxy
[ ] Fresh
[ ] Fruity
10. What is the flowering season for Chinodoxa?
[ ] Spring
[ ] Summer
[ ] Autumn
[ ] Winter

 

Gardening Quiz - Bulbs - Bulbs 1 (Answers)
1. On which continent are there no indigenous crocus species?
[ ] Africa
[ ] Asia
[x] Australia
[ ] Europe
2. This colourful species of zantedeschia is usually known as what?
[ ] Belladonna lily
[x] Calla lily
[ ] Peruvian lily
[ ] Lily of the valley
Very closely related to the arum lily. Take care: calla lilies are NOT hardy in the UK whilst arum lilies are. Arum lilies can be left outside during the winter but calla lilies MUST be lifted and brought inside
3. What is the common name of Eranthis hyemalis?
[x] Winter Aconite
[ ] Winter Iris
[ ] Winter Jasmine
[ ] Winter Oxalis
4. This stunning display of Alliums was seen at a gardening show in 2011. What type of vegetable are the plants closely related to?
[ ] Artichokes
[ ] Asparagus
[ ] Carrots
[x] Onions
5. What is the name of this celebrated species of lily?
[ ] L. auratum
[ ] L. bulbiferum
[x] L. longiflorum
[ ] L. speciosum
6. Ranunculas grow best in what conditions?
[ ] Cool and dry
[x] Cool and moist
[ ] Hot and dry
[ ] Hot and moist
7. Digging snowdrops from a wild wood for re-planting in your own garden is what?
[ ] Encouraged
[ ] Often permissible
[ ] Seldom permissible
[x] Illegal
It is an offence to remove any plant from the wild without the permission of the landowner. Increasingly police are prosecuting offenders
8. Ixias are often known as what?
[ ] Corn Aster
[x] Corn Lily
[ ] Corn Marigold
[ ] Corn Poppy
9. Fritillarias have a scent that is sometimes described as what?
[ ] Ferny
[x] Foxy
[ ] Fresh
[ ] Fruity
Some people find the smell particularly unpleasant and some even call it fetid
10. What is the flowering season for Chinodoxa?
[x] Spring
[ ] Summer
[ ] Autumn
[ ] Winter
They flower early in the year and are often known as 'glory of the snow'