Miss Willmott's Ghosts: the extraordinary life and gardens of a forgotten genius

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Willmott, Miss Ellen Ann (MHS Objects associated with: IRN 2415)". Museum of the History of Science . Retrieved 28 October 2019. a b c "Special Exhibition Label: 'Eccentricity: Unexpected Objects and Irregular Behaviour' (10/5/2011 - 16/10/2011) (MHS Narratives: IRN 15071)". Museum of the History of Science . Retrieved 28 October 2019. a b c d e f g h i j k Le Lièvre, Audrey (2004). "Willmott, Ellen Ann (1858–1934)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (onlineed.). Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/48838 . Retrieved 12 April 2010. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) a b c d e f Brown, Jane (11 September 1999). "The Essay: Miss Willmott's Ghost". The Independent . Retrieved 12 April 2010.

As a rule the Sea Hollies all prefer a well drained root run in full sun, although some, such as Eryngium x zabellii grow perfectly well in a not too wet clay soil. They tolerate excessive lime, gravel and poor soils extremely well. In colder, wetter areas it can be beneficial to remove dead foliage from the crown prior to the winter to avoid crown rot.

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Jekyll, Gertrude (October 1914). "Review of The Genus Rosa by Ellen Willmott". The Quarterly Review. 221: 363–375. a b "A Short History of Warley Place". Warleyplace.org. Essex Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010 . Retrieved 12 April 2010. verifyErrors }}{{ message }}{{ /verifyErrors }}{{ Ellen Ann Willmott: a Woman of Horticultural Destiny". Shakespeare Birthplace Trust . Retrieved 29 May 2022.

Prefers full sun in a light well-drained soil. Will tolerate very light shade. Plant into final position while the plant is young. The roots are often several feet long and do not like to be disturbed. The actual inflorescence of Eryngium giganteum is surrounded by striking bracts that are strongly serrated and silvery in color. This serves the plant in nature to ward off predators such as wild goats. The branched inflorescence consists of cylindrical umbels about six centimeters (2.4 in) long. These contain numerous bluish flowers that are a magnet for bees and many other insects. Miss Willmott’s ghost blooms from July to August. But even after that, the inflorescences look attractive for a long time. If you want to dry them, cut off the inflorescences before they open. Fruit


For Miss Willmott’s ghost, the location should be sunny and warm. The plant also thrives in light shade as it is quite adaptable. Soil Willmott’s prodigious spending during her lifetime caused financial difficulties in later life, forcing her to sell her French and Italian properties, and eventually her personal possessions. [2] She became increasingly eccentric and paranoid: she booby-trapped her estate to deter thieves, and carried a revolver in her handbag. [9] [3] Willmott was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in 1928, although later acquitted. [22]

The leaves of the Miss Willmott’s ghost form a basal leaf rosette that is about 50 centimeters (20 in) in diameter. The base leaves are heart-shaped, colored medium green and up to 16 centimeters (6.4 in) long. The stem leaves are ovate tapered and toothed. They are decorative white veined and have a rough texture. Blossoms Flowering stems branch and branch until they form wide heads of silver white cones surrounded by large silver bracts. Eryngium giganteum – Miss Willmott’s Ghost is a marvelous architectural plant and an eerie presence in the half light. This plant can behave as a biennial or short lived perennial dependent on situation and how well it grow in its first year. Whichever it will usually seed itself around to provide replacements. 60cm tall, Summer. One member of the Eryngium genus, the British native Eryngium maritimum has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. The part used was the roots and the Arabs considered them an excellent restorative. They used to be sold candided in London markets and were probably the ‘kissing comfits’ referred to by Falstaff in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ – ‘Let the sky rain potatoes;..hail kissing comfits, and snow eryngoes..’ The popularity in Britain of eryngo root peaked in the 18 th century. Derivation She was also known for being a prodigious spender. In 1905 she bought a third estate in Ventimiglia, Italy. [1] Willmott used her wealth to fund plant-hunting expeditions to China and the Middle East, [1] and species discovered on these excursions would often be named after her. The expeditions she sponsored included those of Ernest Henry Wilson, who named Ceratostigma willmottianum, Rosa willmottiae and Corylopsis willmottiae after her. [9] Over fifty plant species or varieties were named for her and her gardens. [8]

a b c d e Edwards, Ambra (May 2021). "Ellen Willmott and her forgotten garden". The Garden: 105–108.

In addition to her career in horticulture, Willmott also had other, lesser known accomplishments in particular photography and ornamental turning. [3] In 1932, Willmost presented her Holtzapffel lathe, some examples of her ornamental turning work, and a number of photographs and slides of horticultural subjects to the History of Science Museum, Oxford. [21] Later life [ edit ] The standard author abbreviation E.Willm. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [20] Other interests [ edit ] If you still want to sow, sandy soil with a temperature of around 20 ° C / 68 ° F is an advantage. If sowing takes place with the help of cultivation pots, these can be sown before mid-August and the plant can be put in the open even before winter begins. The soil for the Miss Willmott’s ghost should be well drained, the plant does not tolerate waterlogging. A sandy loam with a moderate nitrogen content is ideal. Planting

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It is best to plant Eryngium giganteum as a solitary plant or in small groups. The planting distance between the individual plants is about 50 centimeters (20 in). Propagation

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