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Offbeat Glossary: U

This Offbeat Glossary shows in tabular form an alphabetical list of terms commonly encountered in writings about gardening, which exclude agrochemicals, together with some offbeat but interesting ideas.

TERM

DEFINITION

U-Gardens

Sensitive flowers which open in the morning and close in the evening. During the 1800s, these were planted in U-shaped gardens and these were called flower clocks, because people could tell the time by them:-

 

PLANT

OPENS/ CLOSES

TIME OF OPENING

POSITION IN U

Dandelion

opens

5:00 am

Left point

Smooth sow thistle

opens

5:00 am

 

White water lily

opens

5:30 am

 

Spotted cat's ear

opens

6:00 am

 

Cultivated lettuce

opens

7:00 am

 

Mouse-ear hawkweed

opens

8:00 am

 

Mallow

opens

9:00 am

 

Cultivated lettuce

closes

10:00 am

 

Smooth sow thistle

closes

11:00 am

 

Yellow goat's beard

closes

12:00 am

 

Passion flower

opens

12:00 am

Curve centre

Mallow

closes

1:00 pm

 

Mouse-ear hawkweed

closes

2:00 pm

 

Evening primrose

opens

6:00 pm

 

Dandelion

closes

8:00 pm

Right point

 

and further night opening flowers:-

Cereus

opens

Midnight

 

Cereus

closes

2:30 am

 

Amazon water lily

opens

3:00 am

 

Virginia spiderwort

opens

4:30 am

 

Purple morning glory

opens

5:00 am

 

Wild rose

opens

5:00 am

 

Iceland poppy

opens

5:00 am

 

Blue chicory

opens

5:00 am

 

Common blue flax

opens

5:20 am

 

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Sedum hispanicum

 

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