29.09.2023 - 09:33 / gardenersworld.com
Opal fruits, Constantinople and Cat Stevens all famously changed their names to the now familiar Starburst, Istanbul and Yusuf but spent years still being referred to by their former moniker. Which was a little confusing to say the least. And we now find ourselves in the same situation in horticulture. Plants which we’ve known under a certain name for generations are suddenly being changed. The botanical language we as gardeners share is shifting. If you go into a nursery today in pursuit of a rosemary, what you actually need to ask for is a salvia! I’ve not lost my mind. This name change is among a plethora of changing titles for the plants we all know and love. What was formerly known as Rosemarinus officinalis (AKA rosemary) is now Salvia rosemarinifolia. I know!
I speak to garden groups all over the country. And the question on the lips of so many gardeners is ‘why do plant names need to keep changing?’. I oft hear the cry “I’d only just learned that plant name and now it’s been changed!”. So, the big question is. Who is making these changes? Why are they making them? And frankly, who said they could mess around with our plants anyway? To compound the issue, a little like Opal Fruits and Cat Stevens, growers, nurseries and plant catalogues often continue to list plants under their old name! It does make commercial sense. If one of your best sellers isGaura and you know your customers will be looking for it under the ‘G’ section of your catalogue or plant stand, why would you suddenly list it under its new name, Oenothera, which most gardeners are yet to embrace?
As a so-called garden expert, I have no option but to adopt these new names but it’s a pain for me, too. Hylotelephium hardly trips off the tongue compared
Busy Lizzies continue to amaze me every year with their flower power – those above have been flowering since the beginning of June and show no sign of stopping, despite a large degree of neglect by the gardener; however, a dose of frost would quickly send them packing.
Kitchen islands are notoriously sparse spaces because they are often used as extra workspace in the kitchen for prepping meals. Plus, with just a few inches of elbow room on either side of the island top and bottom, it may often be difficult to decorate this smaller space.
It doesn’t matter how spotless your kitchen is. If you have a counter full of appliances and a whatever, wherever tactic for food storage, your kitchen will inevitably look cluttered. We tapped two organizational experts—Danielle Dorn, design director of mDesign, and Morgan Ovens, founder of Haven Home Wellness—for their top tips for reducing kitchen clutter. Read on for six quick and easy tasks you can complete today. Clean, clutter-free kitchen, here you come.
It’s officially peak guest season and if you’re like us, you’d want your entryway to look swoon-worthy from the minute guests step in. Whatever the occasion may be—whether a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas party, or a book club gathering—nothing beats a well-designed entrance that leaves a lasting impression.
If there’s one DIY recipe that’s simple, fun, and makes a house feel (and smell) like a home, it’s a simmer pot. All you have to do is cut some fruit into slices, add it to a pot with some spices, cover the ingredients with water, and simmer it on the stove for a few hours, and voila—you have a warm, inviting home. It’s such a lovely trick that you might consider bringing part of the routine into the rest of your household duties. Like, perhaps, cleaning your pillows?
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