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Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?

  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?

Here's just a few I'm growing

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Weigela is a curious name so I looked it up. The genus is named after the gentleman below: Christian Ehrenfried Weigel (24 May 1748 – 8 August 1831). Something of polymath, he was a German scientist who invented a cooling heat exchanger and was also personal physician to the Swedish royal family and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Quite how the Weigela genus came to be named after him I am not sure, as Weigela species are native to S.E. Asia and the first recorded instance of them being imported to Europe was by Robert Fortune in 1845, 14 years after Weigela's death. Maybe it was commemorative.

    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    How very interesting - I have always pronounced that one Vee-g'ler without really knowing why.

    I've heard it pronounced Wee-gee-lee-er, too...any German-speakers out there who could provide a phonetic guide to the correct pronounciation?

  3. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Yes I understand it should be pronounced Veegella with a hard G and Ella as in the girl's name

    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
    • Weigela week or is it a weakness for Weigela?
  4. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Jim, is that Vee-jella, or Vee gella, then? I'm not quite sure what a hard g is!

    And, am I right in stressing the Vee, then making two short sounds with the "gella" part?

  5. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    That's G as in Gal not as in George. Remember he's German so the W is pronounced V and the I as E.
    But not sure of his findings as I read somewhere that Weigelas were originally listed as Diervilla.


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