Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lost and Sometimes Found

I try very hard to keep up with plant labels.  Really, I do.  I have an organizer just for this.  Divided into the different sections of my garden, I can usually find the labels fairly quickly.

Well, not always.

I know there are much better ways to do this than keeping the labels.  But I like to see the photos, and from where I purchased the plants.  And sometimes seeing the label jogs my memory.

Unfortunately, I don't always put them in the organizer in a timely manner.  Which means, sometimes tags are placed here and there, stuffed in places that I think I'll come back to later, when I have the time to put them in the organizer.

And sometimes I lose them.  :(

And sometimes I find them again!  :)


Like the name of this daffodil.  I love this daffodil.  I love it's pure white color, and the scent was so sweet!  I was enchanted by it.  And it bloomed perfectly alongside the carnations.  I wanted to make a note of its name, so I could get more next year.

But I looked, and looked, and looked, and could not find its tag.  Finally!  Two weeks later - I have found it!

Thalia daffodil

Thalia daffodil is the name of this daffodil!

But I seem to have lost the name of this iris.

Unknown iris

If I find the tag, I'll be sure to let you know its name!  Because I want to remember it myself!  Doesn't it look pretty with the scabiosa?

And I'll try to re-organize my tags.  When I find the time to get to that.

Do you have any plant label organizing tips for me?

56 comments:

  1. Both are lovely and both look FANTASTIC in their settings with the plants you've chosen.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks, Cher. I think it's a 50/50 chance in my garden that something will work - or will clash! :)

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  2. Beautiful Daffodil and Iris. I especially love the colors in that Iris... Very pretty...

    Hubby is the 'math brain' in the family. He keeps a spreadsheet of what we plant where. It works pretty well for us -unless the company sends us the wrong thing!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I've thought about a spreadsheet. Not sure I could ever be that organized! But if I could find a way to put a picture in the spreadsheet, that would be perfect.

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  3. Don't ask me about labels...I'm hopeless at reading them, keeping them & then remembering the name of the plants. I have bought a plant this week & vowed to now keep the details....
    As for your bee-oo-t-ful iris...I've trawled the internet trying to find the name of this cracker but failed miserably. It's probably a rare breed, you have the only one on the entire planet so look after it...lol xxx

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    1. Good luck with your labels. I laughed at your joke. I would never, ever want a rare plant - the stress would be too much! Common plants are just fine with me!

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  4. Hi Holley
    I lose my fair (generously fair) share of plant information, but I find my best hope is writing in my garden journal. My book is divided into the various planting areas, and I use pencil to write in the names because I so often move the plants around. I can also add notes about care or source or whatever. IF I remember to write at all.

    Love the white daffodil!

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    1. That sounds like a good plan. I used to keep a spiral notebook, with one label taped to a page. But, I found it got too big, and I was always moving things, and spiral notebooks don't take well to moving the pages! Your journal sounds like a better idea.

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  5. THE DAFFODIL LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL WITH THE RED CARNATIONS. I TRY TO KEEP MY PLANT TAGS ALSO BUT LIKE YOU SAID SOMETIMES THEY GET PUT ASIDE AND ARE FORGOTTEN.HAVE A TERRIFIC WEEK.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one that puts them aside, and then forgets them!

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  6. Beaitiful 1, beautiful 2,beautiful 3, etc.

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  7. I'm not a fan of daffodils, but those albino ones against the carnations are really beautiful.

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    1. I've never been a big fan of daffodils, either. I finally decided to put some in my garden, and I am surprised how much I love these white ones. Not being able to find their tag was so frustrating!

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  8. I have the same problem. I have 3 kinds of daylilies all different but lost the names and I need to replace a couple but the chances of finding out what they were are slim. At least you have a system I don't. Beautiful flowers! Great combinations!

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    1. Well, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that loses plant names! Good luck on finding the name to your daylilies.

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  9. Hi Holley, oooh, that daffodil is so pretty! And it is completely white so I love it even more :-)! But coming back to the topic of your post, just recently I thought myself that I have to get more organized in keeping plant labels. My garden is small so I thought I could keep the plant names in my head, but that turns out to be an illusion. Just in case my memories is failing me I toss the labels in a box dedicated to keep them. But of course that is an unorganized mess. Now I have decided to continue to store the labels that way, but when I buy a new plant I will type the exact plant name and care instructions in my computer. We will see if that works!
    Christina

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    1. Yes, it would be a good one for your all-white garden! I think I realized early on I could never remember all the plant names. The only problem for me with putting the names on the computer is sometimes I rely upon the picture to tell me what kind of plant it is! Maybe one day I'll be the type of gardener that knows what things are without looking at pictures! Good luck with your new method.

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  10. That daffodil is lovely! I try and keep as many labels as I can, but not that organised with it. I throw everything in one bag then desperately search certain labels in the jumble pile later. Must make an effort to organise them in the near future!

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    1. Both you and Christina just throw them all in one box. Maybe I should try that!

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  11. Holley -- I found some labels that anyone can build on Three Pea Homestead's website. I think she reblogged it or went out and found a bunch of different markers on the web. Found one I really liked that I built for my veggie garden (will blog on this eventually) but she had a less obtrusive one that was an upside-down triangle.

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    1. Thanks. I'm going to try to label the veggies in my garden this year, and my rose plants need new labels, too!

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  12. Lovely daffodil. I have a real problem with plant labels in pots. Either the ink fades, even though I use a permanent marker, or the blackbirds pull them out and scatter them.

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    1. Never thought about the birds pulling up labels from the ground! And yes, I know all about the ink fading - very frustrating!

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  13. I have Thalia in my yard, but they have slowly started to disappear. The whites always seem less likely to return than the yellows. Losing labels is so common. This year, they are littered all over the garden with the crazy freeze/thaws we had this winter. I will have no idea which variety of Phlox is where.

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    1. Thanks for the info on Thalia. If they disappear, I won't worry about them. I hope you figure out your phlox dilemma!

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  14. Unfortunately I'm hopeless at organizing. I try to keep a detailed journal and had promised myself I would update it over the winter but guess what, it's now spring and it never got done!! Thank goodness for blogs as I can often find something in my posts to remind myself what I've planted where.

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    1. I'm not very good at blogging when I plant things - just when they flower! The way I move things around, that would be a whole 'nother blog! :) I guess I'm going to have to come up with some type of journal to keep these records. Although, like you say, it's not easy finding the time to do those little chores like that!

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  15. I have a very exotic system - I stick them all in a giant ziploc bag and go through them every year to pull out the ones that didn't make it. It's actually really effective! :o) Plus, it's cheap and easy.

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    1. haha - i like your exotic system! It's actually quite close to mine, except my organizer makes it look like I'm organized, even though I'm not!

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  16. I started out be throwing them in a shoebox. Then I progressed to keeping them in envelopes labeled annuals, perennials, bulbs,etc. Now I have them in a photo album divided into the various plant categories. That works a little better. I also have them on an Excel spreadsheet listed alphabetically. That's pretty easy, but if I were more knowledgeable in word processing, I would group them by bloom time and by color. ('Thalia' looks really pretty with the carnations!)

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    1. Never thought about a photo album. That sounds do-able. And an Excel spreadsheet sounds like a lot of work, but maybe it would be worth it for me to spend a little more time sorting out my labels!

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  17. Ok I have no organization for this...so I need help...I barely know half the names of things I planted and forget the bulbs unless they are unusual...

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    1. So glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  18. I'm having a good giggle about this post AND the comments!!

    I stuck some labels in a draw, some are lying in a box, some are in situ, next to the plants (which is by far the worst system because they get mulched, watered etc), some get written in a journal ... seems I need more help than most of your readers :)
    I've found the BEST way is to start a "Plants directory" on your blog. Photograph, document - then when you need to rem,ember you can find them. Now if I could just actually do that ...

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    1. I've thought about starting a plants directory on my blog. Just not sure how much time that would take. What a long page that would be!

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  19. Love that daffodil! I'll have to look for it this fall if I remember it by then with no sense of organization myself. LOL

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    1. That's exactly how I am! I'm trying very hard to write things down here on my blog so even if I lose the label, maybe I'll have a record of it somewhere.

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  20. White daffodils have become a recent favourite. Thalia is lovely. When you have hundreds of plants it is easy to lose track. I staple all my tags into a binder, but it only works if you keep up with it. I will sometimes lose plants and forget to remove the tags.

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    1. I think you've found my problem - "it only works if you keep up with it". Sure with I could afford a gardening secretary!

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  21. I am so bad at remembering flower names that I've mostly given up trying. If it doesn't stick in my brain I'm not going to go to the effort of searching for it.

    Have the irises I sent you bloomed for you this spring?

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    1. They have not started blooming yet. I'm hoping they will bloom this year. I have planted them in several places, and am anxiously awaiting!

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  22. I love these plant combinations. I believe it is all about combining the best color and texture. You have achieved this and more. Great photos!

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    1. All happy accidents. That's why I like writing them down. Maybe I can actually do some of this stuff on purpose!

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  23. Did you plant your carnations by seed or plants? I am wanting to have some and the first three years of trying have not gotten any to "take" and be bigger for the next year?

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    1. By plant. I found them last year and decided I had to have them. I'm so glad I did. I don't know much about starting them from seed - sorry.

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  24. Holley - The April issue of Better Homes & Gardens came today. On page 89 is yet another idea for plant markers. She used "wood stakes," probably 3/4 x 3/4 inch that she left natural so it would weather but she glued ??? little green balls to the tops which she said "'started out as pure whimsy until we discovered that birds won't perch on them' and decorate the tomatoes with droppings." I liked them! I couldn't find the article on their website but did find this: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/plant-label-ideas/

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    1. Thanks so much! I actually take that magazine, so I'll be sure to look for it!

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  25. I thought it was Thalia! I've tried so many markers and most dont last forever. last year the resident ground hog moved them about! I do try to write in my Garden Journal (10 year chronicle) from Lee Valley when I purchase a new plant. Then if the marker gets lost or fades, I can usually find it in the journal.

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    1. Maybe I should give a Garden Journal a try. It seems to work for quite a few people!

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  26. I'm terrible with keeping up with the plant tags. They're in three differnt containers scattered about the house. But somehow I do manage to remember what most of the plants are. The others are just "mystery plant."

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    1. Your brain must work better than mine. I plant it and promptly forget their names!

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  27. Oh, I keep all the labels in a gallon freezer bag in the back of the kitchen sink cabinet. BUT I also keep a running log on a 'draft' post on my blog. Between the two I have I good idea of most everything in my garden.

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    1. A draft post! That's a great idea! I think I'll start that today. Thanks for the idea.

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  28. I thought of a variation of the BH&G wood garden stake with little ball on top. You could use PVC pipe instead of wood and it would be more or less permanent. Wood rots away.

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    1. That's a great idea! You're right about it being much more permanent.

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