Team Label, or Not?: I go both ways

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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: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Aug 21, 2011 10:20 AM CST
Mostly I lable the pots, but also will lable some stuff in the ground. Sadly the "tree rat varmits" like to pretend they are tasty morsels Angry I also have the metal lables (like in the picture) marking the graves in my memory garden.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 21, 2011 4:49 PM CST
At one time I wanted to label every plant in my garden. But seasons change & so do we & now I don't want to label everything. I would rather my garden be more casual. I feel too constricted with labels all over the place & I feel guests to my garden would feel the same so I don't label every plant. I do have a list of all my plants if I wish to refer to it.
I do label the named daylilies as I want to see which is going to bloom when as well as track who does best & worst.
The only other plant I have labeled is an iris which I bought a copper marker for. It is a special label for a special person. My best friend, Linda, who was taken by cancer. I told her I was going to name that iris Linda in her memory because it reminded me of her. She was unable to speak at that point but she spoke volumes when she wrote on the notepad .... No, it should be Muy Linda. And so it is.
So I guess I fall in the goes both ways category.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 21, 2011 10:48 PM CST
I really don't like to see labels in the garden but feel I must label my named daylilies, once you have more than a dozen you just tend to forget which is which. Confused Blinking Whistling
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Aug 21, 2011 11:05 PM CST
I agree about the daylilies, mcash70~ I'm always getting new DLs from Lyle and need to keep track of them!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 21, 2011 11:17 PM CST
Oh I love Lyle's daylilies. Lovey dubby They are sooooooooo beautiful!!! :drool:
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Aug 22, 2011 8:55 AM CST
I go both ways. No labels on my mature plants but I label the dahlias so I can tell them apart for storage. I also stick in the label of store bought plants for the first year so I can remember the variety. I have to label my spring bulbs and baby seedlings when I plant them so I don't dig them up in the spring (although I oft do that anyways Rolling my eyes. ) Heh wait a minute, how'd I get so organized Confused
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Aug 22, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Dahlia... I was reading your post and thought "you sure do go both ways! I'd say you label!" Rolling on the floor laughing ... compared to me!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Aug 22, 2011 10:00 AM CST
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 22, 2011 10:18 AM CST
A bit wishy-washy here....A few shrubs around the flower beds have some labels, most don't.

Of course, all my potted plants (mainly for sales) are labeled and many of those I hand write on mini-blind tags. (ugh...lot of writing!)

Maybe one day I'll have more labels in the flower beds (seldom in the veggie garden except my seed-saving row so I know variety names).

Nice article/topic, Trish!

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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 22, 2011 10:40 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I tip my hat to you.

I enjoy the Team Articles as much as the members seem to!

Ya'll don't forget- if you think of a good topic you'd like to see as a Team Article, let me know!
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Name: Karen
Zone 8b
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gardener2005
Aug 22, 2011 3:34 PM CST
I`m a label if needed gardener. I have seen people put labels on clear plastic drawers where you can see what is in there. I didn`t quite understand seeing paper in a clear plastic drawer and a label that says "paper". I have seen cans of tomato sauce in a pantry with a label that said" tomato sauce" and I didn`t understand that because it looked like they would never run out of sauce for the next 5 years. A lot of my varieties planted out don`t need a label because I know them as well as I know my pets. It isn`t like I own a big nursery either but I consider my yard to be a small plant farm. Now my experiments or test growing where I have lots of seedlings they all will get labels. Anything I might sell gets a label too.

Karen
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jan 27, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Interesting topic. I label my herbs, but not much else. The herbs were initially labeled because they were mostly all new to me. Now that I am more familiar with them, not needed so much, but I do find it useful when folks are walking my labyrinth - they can simply read the label to know what they are looking at. I'm considering expanding the herb labels to include a brief summary of use, although some are so varied that may prove to be complicated. I don't label any of my perennials or shrubs, although I do keep track of these via "My List" on ATP, and note in the personal comments section where a particular plant is located. I also make up a label including cultivar (if known) for any plants I plan to gift or trade.
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