My Buddleja, Butterfly Bush, is still small, but oh so beautiful this year. The butterflies love it and I love it. A couple of weeks ago, when the bush started to bloom, I did a google on buddlejas and found some very interesting information. Among the things I learned is that the name of my bush is buddleja davidii, named originally after Pére David, and French botanist and explorer who lived from 1826 - 1900. My curiosity can never resist information like this, I wanted to learn more about this Pére David. As I so often do, I went over to amazon, and not much later I had order a book about the man.
The book came today and I sat down to read almost at once.
The first thing I learn is that "Pére David will forever be linked to the giant panda, the deer named in his honor and the hankerchief tree".
I am neither interested in the panda, nor the hendkerchieftree, at least not so far. But the deer caught my interest. In China Pére David came over a rare type of deer, and sent some of them back to Europe. And here is what I find when I continue to read:
A breeding population was established at Woburn Abbey by the 11th duke of Bedford in 1894-1895.
In 1895 the herd of deers was killed in China, due to a flood, and suddenly all the ones left of this rare species were the ones at Woburn.
In 1985 a small population of deer, bred at Woburn Abbey, was re-introduced to the central Yangtze by the Chinese government and in 1986 by the World Wildlife Fund. A recent count put the population at 2500 in three national reserves in China
I visited Woburn Abbey in April, together with a blogging friend, Lindsay. I took photos of some of the deers there, but had no idea of this.
Here is the post I wrote from Woburn Abbey in April.
While you read it, I will continue with the book about Pére David :-)