Question about Naked Ladies

Bracey Tiede
Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:09:57 PST
Mock orange is my nomination.  

Binomials rule!  I really like the analogy of learning your friends' names.

Bracey Tiede
San Jose CA 
(just got a 1/4" more rain - slowly in dribs and drabs)

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:02 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Question about Naked Ladies

Hi all,

Rodger and Diana, I agree completely.  "Common" names are an abomination, 
implicitly presuming that everyone is an idiot.  The Naked Lady label is 
one of the worst, but I had not thought about the ambiguity of Bluebell 
until Rodger brought it up.

Can anyone think of any worse examples of the ambiguity of common names 
(just in English, please!)

Jim Shields
in sunny central Indiana (USA)  where English hasn't been heard in years 
(least of all coming out of my mouth!)

At 11:12 AM 12/20/2007 -0800, you wrote:
>   No one thinks twice about saying fuchsia, petunia,
>rhododendron, chrysanthemum, trillium,
>Cheers, Rodger!
>However, some people must make up "common names" for trilliums, a name
>I learned as a toddler, with the explanation that its name meant it
>had three petals and three leaves, just like my tricycle had three
>wheels. I have never heard anyone refer to it as anything other than
>"trillium", yet recently,  on labels in public gardens, I see
>abominations like "wood lily".  I think volunteer label makers have
>the idea that all plants must have a "common" name, and get their
>information from some unknown source.
>Diane Whitehead

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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