5 MARCH 1932, Page 13


A good many gardeners hoped much from a bush known as the worcesterberry, alleged to be a cross between the black- currant and the gooseberry. It has proved a disappointment —I do not quite know why ; perhaps because it partakes of the vices rather than the virtues of its putative parents. I cannot say that I have very much love for the fruit ; but the plant has been expressing itself with a form that compels admiration. The growth is robustious, the thorns unapproach- able, and it multiplies itself with rapidity. Planted as an obstruction it has more forbidding qualities than any barbed wire.