Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

2. What is the final couplet of this verse: I think that I will never see/ a billboard lovely as a tree . . .?

3.  It’s croître in French, crescere in Italian, crecer in Spanish and tupu in Maori.

4. What are Agathis australis, Cordyline australis and Dacrydium cupressinum more commonly known as?

5.  Which trees would you choose for wind breaks?

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) George Eliot – who was in fact a woman as this quote gives away

    (2) something like and if the billboards never fall
    perhaps I’ll never see a tree at all

    (3) Grow

    (4) Kauri (guess), would have guessed Rimu for the second but Rimu is the third one . Of course Kauri could be 2 but human psychology leads me to suspect it is the first and the newsworthy trees bookend one added to obfuscate the guessers

    (5) That is a farming question not an engineering one though working out what might be good candidate species to plant for wind break purposes is question requiring some engineering input and thinking


  2. Bulaman says:

    1, Pass
    2, Pass
    3, Plant for growing
    4, Kauri, Cabbage tree, Rimu
    5, With my Forester hat on Shelter depends on where and what you are trying to shelter. Dairy farms no shelter if there are irrigators although Miscanthus looks like it has good potential. Kiwi Fruit use Cryptomeria or similar upright narrow crown, Dry country Himalayan cedar Cedrus deodara with a fast growing Euc that can be sacrificed after 15 years. Radiata everywhere else.


  3. alwyn says:

    1. George Eliot.
    2. “A poem lovely as a tree”
    How could you! Now you’ve ruined my day by reminding me of this dreadful verse.
    3. Kauri, Cabbage tree and Rimu
    4. To grow
    5. If you had an orchard or such-like I guess Macrocapa?
    I don’t so would use evergreen azaleas or lavender


  4. J Bloggs says:

    1) george eliot
    2) Pass
    3) To Grow
    4) Kauri, Cabbage tree, Rimu
    5) Personally, I’m quite fond of Macrocarpa, even though as a townie I have no experience in such matters


  5. 1] Pass
    2] Ogden Nash:
    I think that I shall never see
    a billboard lovely as a tree.
    Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
    I’ll never see a tree at all
    3] To grow
    4] Pass
    5] I’d think that natives would be best, so as to encourage bird life.


  6. alwyn says:

    I didn’t actually notice the second line. I only thought of the original poem and not, what I have now discovered is a parody of it.
    If I had seen the second line I would have to have answered “I don’t know”, as I had no knowledge of it


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