Do you have any personal Pet Peeves? Things that bother you a lot but don’t seem to bother other people in quite the same highly annoying way? One of mine is gum chewing and equally annoying (for me) is horticultural retailers or catalogs who don’t give you the Latin name for plants. ANNOYING!!!
I have theories about why….it is the dumbing down of the industry…. its a secret industry plot to not enable customers to be able to compare apples with apples (i.e. this is a “super flowering variety” and this is just a plain one — but really they are the same)…. Maybe label printing costs are too high (lame excuse)? … or maybe it is just plain laziness. It’s doesn’t’ matter I suppose, because I have decided to do do something about it and take my own personal stand. As much as I possibly can, a post will not go live here without clearly identified (with Latin notation) plant names.
Perhaps you don’t understand the reason for this? Latin naming conventions are the only way of knowing what you really have. Lots of people have lots of names for lots of plants and culturally these names shift meaning from place to place. I’m thinking of Blue bells for example — there are a least 5 completely different (off the top of my head – maybe more) plants that are called blue bells. Texans who talk about loving blue bells are not talking about the same plant as Coloradans who like to see blue bells in the high mountains and neither are the same as the much loved English forest variety. About the only thing these have in common are that they are wild, blue and much loved.
Anyway — here is my other pointed effort at making the horty world a better place….a little regular series on horticultural Latin. Like A is for Alba, B is for Buchananii and C is for Centifolia. I will explain as we get started.