Team Label, or Not?: Team Label

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Team Label, or Not?

By Trish
August 21, 2011

Today's "Team" article addresses plant labels. We've seen gardens full of labels, and gardens with not one in sight. Which team do you fall into?

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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Aug 21, 2011 9:01 AM CST
I do label and even have a garden map which has helped a number of times when I lost said label Whistling

One reason I label, when I send that plant to someone, I can tell them color, height, when it blooms for me, etc. It just seems to keep me organized and my memory isn't what it used to be, or maybe never was Confused Big Grin

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 21, 2011 12:25 PM CST
I have to label all my plumeria and I also have an inventory of sorts by area so I can more easily find my plants.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 21, 2011 12:32 PM CST
I label them now. Didn't in the beginning, but now I do because my husband said I have too many plants to remember.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 21, 2011 7:00 PM CST
After my first year gardening, I label everything, because otherwise I have no idea what's what.

Well, unless I'm running out of time and seedlings are dying in their little cells. Then, sometimes, the stragglers in each tray get thrown into the ground willy-nilly where there's room left - with my best wishes, but not always much hope for survival.

Even then, I do label the biggest and healthiest ones, well-spaced in the better beds, hoping that I can find some markers near some surviving plants, discover what they look like at that growth stage, and then also recognize unlabelled specimens of the same variety planted elsewhere.

I use mini-blind slats and pencils. When starting seeds in a propagation tray, there will be many more transplants than labels, and I tend to run out in the garden, while transplanting. Starting with 6-packs, I'll make a few extra before going outside so I have enough labels to mark at least every second or third plant.

Potted-up plants are easiest, becuase then I already have one label per plant.

I never considered using extra-hard lead to resist smearing! Instead, I usually use medium-soft lead (HB) to get a darker mark.

I like the 0.7 mm mechanical pencils, becuase they're "always sharp", yet the mark is wide enough to be dark. My handwriting is so bad that it's illegible if the mark is broad or wide.

Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Aug 22, 2011 1:48 AM CST
I agree with Sandi. I didn't label at first but try to label everything now.
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 22, 2011 4:11 AM CST
I label as many as I can.. sometimes get lazy.. but most of the time I use em
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 22, 2011 5:43 AM CST
My yard is full of labels. It looks awfully odd in winter and early spring but I need them to remember their names after a long winter of orchid growing. When I have my siberian iris and daylily tours here during peak, people can just find the labels and I don't have to talk so much. Of course if there is one plant without a label, that's the one they want to know about!!!
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 22, 2011 7:41 AM CST
I like to start plants from seed.......and when one has numerous varieties of rain lilies, for instance,.....the seedlings often look the same. Same goes for Hippeastrums and other geophytes.....when the seedlings all look much the same..........I gotta have labels!! A couple of years down road ....I wouldn't remember what's what without the labels!
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Name: Nancy Mumpton
Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9b)
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nmumpton
Aug 22, 2011 8:30 AM CST
I was Team No Label for most of my life, but now I am converted to Team Label. I joined a Garden Club and that changed everything. The members all want to know the names and the Latin ones at that! I actually like learning the names and so I'm happy with the change!

"Gardening is a humbling experience"--Martha Stewart
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 22, 2011 3:47 PM CST
>> Of course if there is one plant without a label, that's the one they want to know about!!!

>> The members all want to know the names and the Latin ones at that!

Here are some last-resort names. I looked up Latin words for "no name", "double talk" and "forgotten". You could give one of those as the species or variety name, winking as you do.

Sine nomine - without a name
Geminus loquitur - "double talk"

oblitus - for one man or boy.
oblita - for one woman or girl.
obliti - for two people, one or more male
oblitae - for two or more females
oblitum - for one specific thing/event
oblita - several events or things
obliterabitur (will be forgotten)

example: "Obliterabitur amphigorum*"

* Amphigory definition: a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one
intended as a parody.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 22, 2011 4:03 PM CST
What fun! Must use "Obliterabitur amphigorum" sometime when the dementia kicks in! But I will have forgotten it by then!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 22, 2011 5:31 PM CST

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This is outstanding! Corey, I'm tipping you acorns for this!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 22, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Thank you!

I was in a group once that couldn't decide on a name. We argued about it for more than a year, then noticed that others were calling us "The Nameless Ones".

Problem solved.

Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
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LabourofLove
Aug 22, 2011 8:22 PM CST
I have so many hundreds of labels (4"x5"x36"h) that my fields look like a gigantic pet cemetery in the winter. Lots of snow with just the signage sticking up.
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
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gwhizz
Aug 23, 2011 2:47 AM CST
I never used to label anything,and this is only the 2nd year, im on top of everything,.,.with 7-800 liliums, and now sales to loyal[repeat customers]- i have to know what every pot in my garden is,.paint pen to pot is my answer Thumbs up
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 23, 2011 3:43 AM CST
good move!
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Aug 23, 2011 8:15 AM CST
Yep; I'm a labeler! And it really irks me when someone gives me a plant but doesn't know the name of the cultivar. I truly do appreciate the generosity, but I try so hard to ID my plants and keep my garden organized.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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