Date: early 2000s
Source: photograph by volunteer
The label of this plant states: “This Hebe has a direct connection with Queen Victoria. She gave a sprig from her wedding bouquet to the wife of the Bishop of Norwich in 1840. It was propagated successfully, and our plant is a daughter of the hebe which flourishes in the Bishop’s garden today”.
Historians have been rude enough to dispute this claim, made on behalf of a number of plants in different bishops’ gardens, by saying that in fact myrtle, not hebe, was the plant in the bouquet, and that it was Queen Victoria’s daughter, not the queen herself, who carried myrtle in her wedding bouquet. However, we like the original story.