Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Mama Calls Me Moon Pie

Sometimes a person's name just doesn't match the person. But I've decided the same can be true of plants. Just a few days into true summer and it's time to reLatin the garden. Goodbye names that trip off your tongue to fall to the grass with a clink and an oops and hello names that tell me exactly what I need to know.


'"My mama calls me Moon Pie!"


Stachys 'Bee plant of amazingness'

This thrives in my rain garden.

aka stachys 'Hummelo'


I grew this 'Black Beauty' from seed and this is the only survivor. I'm underwhelmed.

Dahlia disappointus


Handcrafted by Ted Freeman of Roundhouse Works, this functional house is built entirely of repurposed vintage building materials.

Birdhouse extraordinarius


Campanula collapsus


This seed grown variety was supposed to be bright red.

Salvia surprisus


Canine sohappyii


Hostas 'fromAnnetteium'


 Snapdragon I want to grow you foreverfolius


aka snapdragon 'Frosted Flames' 

I started these seeds in January after receiving them as a bonus pack with one of my orders. 
I love them!

These grew so well for me I have two pots full.


Echinacea 'Leaning flower of Pisa'


Monarda 'Rastafarian Redhead' aka 'Jacob Cline'

61 comments:

  1. Lol. Campanula collapsus gets about..

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  2. Ha -- Latin names can truly be hilarious.... And your snapdragons look marvelous! (They're one of my favorite flowers -- I'm so glad you enjoy them too.) Hope you're staying cool in the summer's heat! -Beth

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    1. I was hesitant to grow them because I wasn't sure how they'd hold up in the heat but when the free seeds arrived I went ahead and gave them a try. I absolutely love them! I'm going to save the seeds so I can grow them again.

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  3. If I was a dog in your garden I would by happyii too.

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    1. My dogs are pretty blissed out on a daily basis. Life is good at the Casa. :o)

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  4. Ha! My favorite is Canine sohappyii, but Dahlia disappointus and Campanula collapsus had me chuckling out loud, too.

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  5. Same as Beth, my favorite was your happy pup, but I loved Dahlia disappointus and Campanula collapsus. They seem commonplace. Hey notice the white choppers on Moon Pie! Somebody's mom made him brush his teeth-:)

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    1. Either that or he has a rich dentist!

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  6. In my garden 'fried toastii' comes in many sizes, shapes and colors.

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    1. Oh Kris, my heart just skipped a beat for you... :(

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    2. That's horrible and heart breaking. :(

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  7. You had me giggling out loud, Tammy. Your names are so much more appropriate - they say it all! I'm impressed you grew a Dahlia from seed - even if it is a D. disappointus!

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    1. Yay!! Annual dahlias are super easy to grow from seed. I grow all my own but don't save the tubers since they always dry out on me. I may try again this winter to keep a few from turning into prunes.

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  8. Brilliant! I adore Canine sohappyii. I will be stealing the Jacob Cline/Verbena combination... *heads outside and to rearrange the border*

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    1. Verbena grows everywhere in my garden and I'm constantly pulling it out or it would take over. But I do leave patches of it whenever I can. The pollinators are crazy for it. Even Lucy, the dog in the picture, enjoys eating it.

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  9. Well your post was the humor I needed to get my morning started today! I am so impressed with your seed growing skills!

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    1. My trick is to only grow seeds that are easy to grow! ;o)

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  10. Tammy thanks for the laugh this morning...I love your Rastafarian Redhead and absolutely adore your Canine sohappyii.

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    1. Every time I pass that red monarda I think reggae music should be playing!

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  11. The birdhouse is extraordinary and a fine addition to your collection. A nice chuckle to start the morning.

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    1. Ted Freeman does amazing work! I have two of his houses.

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  12. We need to put you in charge of this whole naming thing.

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    1. Have I told you about my collection of Well Hung grape vines?

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  13. Hello Tammy, I think garden centres should try and personally label their plants as well, it might make people think twice before buying, Hosta "You already have this one" or Clematis "this one will die too".

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    1. I think so, too. They need labels that say "This plant is a drug-addicted diva. Tread carefully".

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  14. Love it!! I' especially like the Canine sohappyii. Grow many of those, do you? Oh, and gorgeous summer garden.

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I'm dog sitting a friends pooch right now so I have five canine sohappyii.

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  15. I am experiencing a Dahlia disappointus over here too, probably for different reasons than you – mine were good, solid tubers put in the ground last autumn but have probably rotted away because of all the rain we have had. Your dog looks really happyii, that one was my favourite too!

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    1. This dahlias was a pain in the butt even as a seedling. I'll be surprised if it makes it the entire summer without dropping dead from the effort of pumping out a single bloom.

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  16. And I grow a Heidi Biscuit. She is growing quickly, a late bloomer. She will bloom around July 4th. Love your original names. Many so appropriate. I can relate.

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  17. YOur garden is gorgeous and so is your pot collection

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  18. Haha, you never fail to lift my spirits, Tammy:) I much prefer your new names to the botanical names. I wish I had even a 'Dahlia disappointius' since I dug a pretty one up last fall and now can't find it in the mess in my garage:( Love the happy face on your dog, and the birdhouse is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Rose! I have a few this year that I like enough that I may try to store the tubers if I can figure out how to keep them from drying out. Ted is a true artist!

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  19. I never thought of Monarda as Rastafarian before but now I can really see it. Do you suppose you can smoke the leaves?

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    1. I've never tried it.... I think all monarda should have Bob Marley inspired names. :o)

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  20. I love that capture with the ant :) and I love the names :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm a rotten photograph so I never what will show up til I see the pics on the computer.

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  21. What a good idea, Tammy. I could name ' disappointus' many of my plants, ha ha. And I liked the name 'Leaning flower of Pisa' - it's for my delphinium.

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    1. That coneflower is just determined to grow sideways so I let it!

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  22. Your garden is looking extraordinaritus! I love the Salvia surprisus - that pale peachy pink is beautiful.

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    1. It is pretty but I doesn't draw hummingbirds like the red does. But that's ok. The monarda is a hummingbird party!

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  23. I think Canine sohappyii says it all. I would be smiling in your lovely garden, too!

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  24. Wonderful, just wonderful! I loved Canine sohappyii and laughed out loud at dahlia disappointus! I have a similar situation with cosmos catastropicus....one seedling survives, barely! Everything is looking marvelous! I like a little leaning in a garden.xxx

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    1. I love your cosmos name! That dahlia is just a brat. This will be its last year in the garden.

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  25. You always come up with the most creative posts Tammy! I laughed my way through the funny, but telling names. Of course because I am a dog person, I thought that 'Canine sohappyii' was the best.

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    1. Thanks! My dogs live lives of utter bliss so the name seemed perfect. :o)

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  26. Ha ha! Now I'm off to stake my delphinium collapsii and to make my feline sohappii even happier. Lovely laugh for a Tuesday morning. Ricki is right - they should put you in charge of naming and then we'd all be laughing instead of struggling. On a more serious note - that variegated snapdragon is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! I do love those snaps. They were very easy to grow and love the summer heat. Very few summer annuals are variegated so they add some cool zing.

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  27. Tammy girl I love your layman "Latinous" and when I scrawl my names on the plant markers I am thinking "I bet I would remember this stuff if it were even more ridiculous? " LOL .. I wish I could grow monarda that did not love powdery mildew .. it seems they are so taken with each other they should be married ... arghhh !!! haha
    Pup who is totally smiling is perfect !

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    1. Drown your monarda with water and they should be less mildewy. Unless of course, they're mildewy because they're getting too much water or maybe they're just pains in the butt. Mine get good air circulation and are able to stave it off for most of the summer.

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  28. Love it! That Canine sohappyii is adorable, and a great garden addition! :) I think I have some relatives of that Campanula collapsus...

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    1. The campanula continues to loiter and just laze about. But it's so cute, I excuse it's struggles with gravity.

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  29. Ha ha ha - enjoyed your post biggly !!
    You are truly the Queen of naming !

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  30. Your plant names are ever so cute and quite memorable.

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  31. Look at you renaming your flora and one fauna. The foliage of that snapdragon is spectacular!

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