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How do you come up with such clever posts, Carol? ...

2008-07-23T21:10:00.000-04:00

How do you come up with such clever posts, Carol? You are hilarious. Sorry, I'll NEVER embrance botanical names, ever! I still have a hard time distinguishing the differences of the most common flowers you purchase in grocery stores. LOL! I can name a Geranium, though :o) And pansies, petunias, impatiens...



Being a lover of Australian native plants, I have ...

2008-07-23T02:04:00.000-04:00

Being a lover of Australian native plants, I have to use the botanical names because most of them don't have a common name. And when they do, the common names are often terribly dull, such as Native Fuchsia (Correa reflexa), which does an injustice to both plants.

And in the pronunciation stakes, what about fuchsia and dahlia? Neither Fuchs nor Dahl would recognise their names as they



A good post...it is important to try to use the bo...

2008-07-21T22:36:00.000-04:00

A good post...it is important to try to use the botanical names to narrow down what you're talking about. At the same time sometimes I don't know or remember. I think it was mentioned, but repetition always helps (writing the botanical with the common name, or thinking about the botanical name when you see the common name). Some interesting comments about the meaning of both common and



All, thank you for embracing botanical names! And,...

2008-07-21T22:27:00.000-04:00

All, thank you for embracing botanical names! And, yes, Daphne, sometimes the common name is more 'poetic' and pleasing to read. I think what frustrates people is to not see ANY mention of a botanical name on something unless it is a plant that is really, really common, like tomatoes.

You are all good candidates to become 'gardenerds' by embracing botanical names!

Thanks for all



Wow, Carol, you sure are asking us to embrace a lo...

2008-07-21T22:13:00.000-04:00

Wow, Carol, you sure are asking us to embrace a lot this summer! I am a hit or miss gardener. Some plants I know their botanical names and use them, others the common name. The thing with common names is that there are often more than one plant with the same name. I know you are right and perhaps I will start trying to remember some more botanical names.



I can remember the common name or the latin name b...

2008-07-21T21:52:00.000-04:00

I can remember the common name or the latin name but not both at the same time. It's a memory storage issue thing or my aging brain! I do always give the latin name when I introduce a plant...after that it's common names.



I love botanical names. I am thinking of making a ...

2008-07-21T21:24:00.000-04:00

I love botanical names. I am thinking of making a sign for my garden....."LATIN spoken here" :-)



I think using the Latin names are important so eve...

2008-07-21T21:05:00.000-04:00

I think using the Latin names are important so everyone is talking about the same plant. I hate it when I am on a vendor's site or reading an article, and the botanical name is not given. If you are not familiar with the plant, there is often no way to look it up to see if it will grow in your area, etc. Thanks for this post. This is something we all need to be more aware of.



Thanks for the encouragement (and I call it "hew c...

2008-07-21T18:07:00.000-04:00

Thanks for the encouragement (and I call it "hew cher a" too, Anna :). I found the book, Gardener's Latin, by Bill Neal to be an easy introduction to the meaning of Latin garden terms, so that you're actually learning what the Latin describes, and not just memorizing by rote (never fun). That is something to carry *outside* the garden world!



After thinking about it today (I wasn't thinki...

2008-07-21T17:54:00.000-04:00

After thinking about it today (I wasn't thinking too well this morning), I must admit that if someone goes into a garden center & asks for "Hue-ker-uh," they will be pointed in the right direction. If they ask for "Hoy-ker-uh," they may get funny looks. Sorry Heucher, looks like you'll have to commiserate with Forsythe.



Truly a doctor's daughter talking here. You are q...

2008-07-21T13:51:00.000-04:00

Truly a doctor's daughter talking here. You are quite right though. It does help when trying to purchase the plant you truly want.



(Thanks for the link love.)I'm not sure why I like...

2008-07-21T11:10:00.000-04:00

(Thanks for the link love.)

I'm not sure why I like botanical names or why I started using them along with the common ones. I think because they are more precise and more descriptive. I used to have a nice little book I picked up at the library sale on gardener's Latin around here somewhere...can't seem to find it now that I need it to come up with some examples.



I'm now somewhat embarrassed for my Bloom Day post...

2008-07-21T10:57:00.000-04:00

I'm now somewhat embarrassed for my Bloom Day post this month - too lazy to look up the Latin names I didn't know. I'm still learning, and I'll make more effort. I fully get all the reasons to use them and I also see the cultural side of common names. I think for the garden blog forum (because I've learned so much from so many of you) it IS important to use the proper name, so thanks for



This is certainly inspiring. Even with common nam...

2008-07-21T10:18:00.000-04:00

This is certainly inspiring. Even with common names, I'm sometimes embarrassed with my mispronunciation. Recently, someone who has many more years of experience in gardening came by my home and asked me what a plant was thinking it was a variation of an oregano or marjoram that I had trained upwards. It was Stevia. I have never been sure if it is a short e or long e sound and felt funny saying



Gee I feel like I have to stand up for the common ...

2008-07-21T10:11:00.000-04:00

Gee I feel like I have to stand up for the common name. It is not that I dislike the Latin name. I took Latin in school so the Latin part doesn't scare me. My degree is in chemistry, so I understand the importance of having a scientific name. But I really like the cultural aspect of common names. I like that they can change over time and that different parts of the country (and world) can call



I'm going to break the rule & correct both...

2008-07-21T10:09:00.000-04:00

I'm going to break the rule & correct both Dee & Anne in Reno: it's prounounced Hoy-ker-uh, as it was named in honor of Heucher. (See Dan Heims' book on the genus.) That's where Botanical Latin really throws people, because the rules change for the prounciation of people's names. I've posted about this before as even that "rule" is ignored in the case



This is a good one, Carol. One thing that has hel...

2008-07-21T09:33:00.000-04:00

This is a good one, Carol. One thing that has helped me remember the names of some of the plants that are more often referred to by the common name, like balloon flower, is writing the name on the blog. After several references, you kind of remember it, even if you are not learning how to pronounce it. When writing a post, I will google the common name if I am not sure about the spelling and



Excellent post, Carol! I'm going to have to bookm...

2008-07-21T09:02:00.000-04:00

Excellent post, Carol! I'm going to have to bookmark this for a reference. Those two years of Latin in high school might come in handy now:)



For, Anne in Reno, it's hoo-ker-rah like an owl. ...

2008-07-21T08:43:00.000-04:00

For, Anne in Reno, it's hoo-ker-rah like an owl. I know because I used to pronounce it wrong. A friend nicely corrected me.

It's too bad we aren't taught a little Latin in school. Only the homeschooled kids here know it. :)

When writing an article, I try to use both Latin and common names. It seems to make everyone happy.~~Dee



Those are all very good reasons to embrace botanic...

2008-07-21T07:13:00.000-04:00

Those are all very good reasons to embrace botanical names. I'm convinced. However, I happen to be a bit memory challenged, so even the common names sometimes elude me. I suppose I could resort to all types of markers in the garden.

Robin
Gardening Examiner



In fact, I added a link to this post to my sidebar...

2008-07-21T05:35:00.000-04:00

In fact, I added a link to this post to my sidebar, even. (under the header "Why all the Latin?")



Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The next time some...

2008-07-21T05:29:00.000-04:00

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The next time someone on Garden Web tells me "English please: we don't all have botany degrees," I'm pointing them to this. And then I'm going to judge them, silently, though if I'm being totally honest I suppose I should admit that I was doing the judging part already.



What a good post. I get Fine Gardening on subscrip...

2008-07-21T04:34:00.000-04:00

What a good post. I get Fine Gardening on subscription in the UK, so I can vouch for the pronunciation guide (there's one in the magazine every month as well as the audio one on the website). I love Latin names because they're so descriptive, and they carry so much history. And for those who are still allergic to botanical Latin, think of it this way: how would you like it if someone called you



Thanks for stanting up for using botanical names. ...

2008-07-21T04:06:00.000-04:00

Thanks for stanting up for using botanical names. Here are just a situations I've found knowing the Botanical names invaluable:
- The RHS seed distribution list (25 free packets of seed for members) is just supplied in Botanical 'latin' names. To select the seeds you want you need to know the Botanical names!
- Talking to gardeners and plant/wildflower enthusiasts on travels abroad - we