It started when I went up to Mother-in-Law’s (Milly’s) to help her with a de-cluttering, ready for a move to a flat at the start of my boys school holidays. I thought I’d take a couple of cuttings from her garden so at least some of her plants would survive a move.
Elephant’s Ears, she’s always called them; but the book we looked in under ‘elephant’s ears’ listed another plant entirely. Not remembering their proper name was frustrating her, so I had to resort to looking it up in the appropriate category of the RHS book, (right size, right colour, perennial) and eventually found ‘bergenia’ – which I note is also known as elephant’s ears when I later look it up on Wiki.
The other plant I had hoped to bring back was Goat’s Beard, or Aruncus, but the goat’s beard had disappeared… or maybe it was too early for it?
There wasn’t enough time to try any more cuttings: I have come back with a root of bergenia and have put it in the garden here.
So many plants and so many common names. In my own garden I have Goose Grass… but many people know this as sticky willie: here a whole list of name is given just for that one plant.
Ladies Mantle, Jacobs Ladder, Fox Gloves, Bear’s Breeches, Love lies Bleeding, Forget-me-Not, Granny’s Bonnets, Lords and Ladies, Witch Hazel. So many descriptive names, and often quite confusing.
Soon the Queen Ann Lace will be lining the hedgerows around Oxfordshire. Or will that be Cow Parsley?
Depends who you ask as to which name applies to what…..