Another Lady Beatrix
The iris featured in the last post is better known than the snowdrop also named after Lady Beatrix Stanley but it is also a fine bulb photographed today in the RBGE rockery. Her bulb days came later in her life. Her husband was Governor of Madras in India from 1929 to 1934 when Lady Beatrix developed the gardens around their official residency in Ootacamund (Snooty Ooty). Beatrix studied the local flora and submitted drawings to the RHS. She was awarded a CBE and the Imperial Order of the Crown of India. On returning to the family seat at Sibbertoft Manor in Leicestershire, she developed bulbs together with her daughter Lady Barbara, particularly snowdrops, and served on RHS committees.