On This Day in 1909, White Narcissi and Purple Fritillaria

07 Apr

On this day in 1909, my Great Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Wiseman, Suffragette aged 53, was arrested in London having thrown stones to break windows. Subsequently she was imprisoned in Holloway, went on hunger strike, was force fed and was awarded the Suffragette Portcullis Brooch in recognition of her courage.

Suffragette Brooch

My Suffragette garden has lots of white but the purple Tulips are lagging behind.

Some Narcissi

I shall have to move some of the Fritillaria to the front as they do flower at the same time as the Narcissi.



If you would like to read about a Suffragette’s life in Holloway, the Diary of a Suffragette makes very interesting reading. Click on the red link.


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13 responses to “On This Day in 1909, White Narcissi and Purple Fritillaria

  1. sparkscrochet

    April 10, 2018 at 2:43 am

    What an amazing legacy to live under! Beautiful flowers.

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 10, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment. Yes, it is a legacy we are all very proud of. 🙂

  2. utesmile

    April 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    What a great lady she was!

  3. Arkenaten

    April 8, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I always suspected there was some residual anarchist in you! Good for great gran!

  4. Heyjude

    April 7, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I wonder if the Snakeskin/head Fritillaria would grow in my garden. They do look lovely.

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      I think so – you are not so very far from Redruth I think…… 🙂

      • Heyjude

        April 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

        My garden in quite wet though and windy, though I expect the wind wouldn’t cause concern as they are quite small flowers. I shall give them a go and see what happens.

        • mybeautfulthings

          April 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

          Our garden is very wet this year and our garden is windy but the Fritillaria are in a small wall garden that is reasonably sheltered. Good luck with your planting. 🙂

          • Heyjude

            April 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

            I was convinced the bulbs I planted last autumn would rot, but they have come through. I still wonder if I should be creating a bog garden. My lawn was like a sponge last month!

  5. Hil

    April 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    An amazingly brave lady.xx

  6. nrhatch

    April 7, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Your grandmother “rocked” . . . 😀

  7. LucciaGray

    April 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    We take so much for granted. Thanks for sharing. I love the brooch and the flower garden.


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