One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unheated greenhouse used to grow alpine plants.
- ‘There are lots to be seen inside the cool alpine houses at Wisley.’
- ‘Cushion plants in the alpine house at Holehird.’
- ‘In the alpine house at the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin there are a number of much-loved bulbs - crocus pickwick, muscari armeniacum and narcissus bulbocodium, with its bell-like yellow blooms.’
- ‘It is named for Francis Masson, the first official plant collector at Kew Gardens where I found this specimen in the alpine house.’
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