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Crabtree's Aunts
708 Crabtree Aunts
Seen Republic of Murdoch
A Merry Murdoch Christmas
Status Living
Relationships George Crabtree, adopted nephew
Job Prostitutes

The Flower Girls of Flower Hill are Constable George Crabtree's aunts. George seems to have a large number of them whose experiences he shares at various times throughout the Murdoch Mysteries series, often with wry or humourous results. Amusingly, all carry names of flowers or other plants.

In Season 7Detective Murdoch meets George's aunts for the first time, when they go to Newfoundland in Republic of Murdoch: Aunt Azalea, Daisy and Marigold (who are credited) and Dahlia and Iris. It is revealed that they are all prostitutes. When he was 3, George moved to Newfoundland with the Reverend. Shortly afterwards, the Reverend decided to rent out the rectory to his aunts. It was a tough life for a dock girl back then and they suffered for their trade. So, the Reverend and his aunts made a deal: they could stay in the rectory as long as they ran a respectable business. All the customers had to wear a tie, no exceptions. The aunts had to save their money, look out for one another, and they had to go to church every Sunday. It was Aunt Daisy's idea that they call themselves The Flower Girls of Flower Hill; Sometimes, a gentlemen caller would bring the flower of the girl he was calling on. Murdoch tells George, "Your reverend was a very wise man."

During Season 9, lead by Aunt Azalea, they surprise George in the stand alone holiday special A Merry Murdoch Christmas.

Alphabetical List & StatisticsEdit

From Season 1 to the end of Season 8:

We have been introduced to these aunts in the course of various episodes (15 named):

Amaryllis, Aster, Azalea, Begonia, Bryony, Clematis, Dahlia, Daisy, Hyacinth, Iris, Ivy, Marigold, Nettle, Petunia, Primrose. There is the nameless "my aunt" as well.

There have been 21+ mentions of aunts in 19+ episodes, as well as 2 uncles, Calvert and Percy, and one cousin, Penny.

During a panel interview at Fan Expo 2013, Jonny Harris and Yannick Bisson joked about the fact of the aunts' names being flowers. They were asked what names they knew and they spontaneously suggested "Chrysanthemum", "Dandelion", "Lily" and "Willow."

Getting AcquaintedEdit

"My Aunt" (without a name; could be one person or several) is mentioned in four early episodes:

  • collects bottles of scented bath oil (1-08)
  • believes that the world is 6000 years old "based on the Bible of course", and that it was made in 6 days "and that's an end of it" (2-03)
  • George took "his Aunt" to Ringling Bros. Circus a couple of years ago (3-07)
  • was very fond of lilac (3-08)

Amaryllis

  • named in a partial list of aunts George tells Murdoch (3-12)

Aster

  • named in a partial list of aunts [3-12]

Azalea

  • Met in [7-08], played by Tamara Bernier Evans
  • Used to read George a bedtime story about a treasure map and three brothers [7-08]
  • Named in a partial list of aunts [3-12]
  • Taught George how to properly tie a man's bow tie [8-04: 100th episode of the series!]

Begonia

  • named in a partial list of aunts [3-12]
  • died laughing, literally, when Uncle Calvert fell off the milking stool [3-11]
  • made George's suit [6-10]
  • Is mentioned by Jonny Harris at the Fan Expo 2013, hinted at appearing in Season 7

Bryony

  • named in a partial list of aunts [3-12]

". . . and that's just the A's and B's!" says George (3-12)

Clematis

  • worked in a brick kiln in Coboconk (2 hours north of Toronto--by carriage perhaps?) [4-01]

Chrysanthemum

  • Mentioned by Jonny Harris as to appear in S7 at the Fan Expo 2013, hinted to appear in Season 7

Dahlia

  • George was cut off speech just as he says her name; he may have connected her to something about Sasquatch [4-11]
  • Met in [7-08], played by an unknown actress

Daisy

Dandelion

Hyacinth

  • baked rhubarb pie that George sat in once; he learned how to clean stains from that [6-06]

Iris

  • Has a low opinion of Aunt Primrose; called her a gluttonous imbecile once (not to her face) [3-12]
  • Met in [7-08], played by an unknown actress

Ivy

  • Not to be confused with the circus performer in Blood and Circuses episode
  • Used to lower George down the chimney to clean it; it was going to be his occupation at one time [6-09]

Lily

Magnolia

  • George once dug out her cellar; it took him "three Saturdays" to dig a hole "the length of the house" [7-11]

Marigold

  • Mentioned by George as he attempts to comment on the competitiveness of women (7-07)
  • Met in (7-08), played by Caroline Gillis
  • "If you don't try, you'll never know where trying may have taken you." Aunt Marigold's words of wisdom quoted by George to Miss James (9-16)

Nettle

  • her farm near Haileybury had vermin that George eradicated by hurling stones at them, thus developing his pitching arm [5-07]
  • Had something to do with a small pot that was used to flush the sinuses of infection, like a neti-pot [7-05]
  • Left Haileybury because she didn't like moose [8-11]

Petunia

  • not to be confused with the character in Power
  • works at a lunch counter near Toronto City Hall, where the mayor takes his lunch [5-02]

Primrose

  • saw the ghost of Uncle Percy at the foot of her bed six months after his death[3-10]
  • says any girl can dress like a lady if she has an eye for value [3-12]
  • Murdoch is prompted to call her "a font of wisdom" [3-12], but George demurs, quoting Aunt Iris (see above)
  • caught a snake in her hands in Peterborough [5-05]
  • used to send George to fetch hats all the time, which built his knowledge of millinery [[6-03]
  • goes to Saint Alban's church (in Toronto) where the reverend is a tippler [6-06]
  • Is mentioned by Jonny Harris at the Fan Expo 2013, hinted to appear in Season 7.

Rose

  • her pickled cauliflower looks like bottled brains to George [8-06]

Willow

Cousin PennyEdit

Miss Penny Elizabeth Harriett Renton, of Belleville, is mentioned in episode 3-03, as being 16 years old with an obsession for fashionable footwear.  In 3-09, she appears as a student in a  secretarial school in Toronto, with George acting as her guardian, but she gets into a little trouble with her boyfriend, Clarence.

  • Mentioned in Republic of Murdoch, George says she stops by every now and then and that she is engaged, perhaps to Clarence.

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