One of the disciplines I try to instil on my clients is the importance of accurate labelling. Let me give you an example. The above is a tulip, no need for years of study to work that one out. But what, however, is the cultivar or species name? If I don’t know then it will be difficult to buy more/avoid like the plague/give this information to admiring passers-by, which ever is most relevant. When this flower has finished its glorious display and died back into the soil until next year, how you will you know where is it if it isn’t marked? Do you really think you are going to remember? Well dream on Sunshine! I promise you will soon be saying, with a vague sweep of the arm “I am sure I planted them over there somewhere” seconds before sticking your fork right through the middle of a plump bulb.
It is also imperative to carefully mark bags of over-wintering corms, tubers and the like as quite frankly one gnarled old bit of root looks pretty much like any other. Without names you will be clueless as to where will be the best place to replant and when, how deeply and how far apart.
Of course your stash of garden collected seed must also be carefully logged, with full name, the location where it was harvested and date.
There are are good pupils.
Some less so.
I suppose I should feel fortunate that there was actually writing on this bag, there were some that Lady M had kindly left blank for me to identify. She is now in detention writing “I will label all my plants, I will label all my plants …” one thousand times! Lord M is excused homework.