You’re ‘Avin a Risus, Mate – One A Week 2020

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Inspired by the news that garden centres are dumbing down plant names

Please do not dumb down my acer grisum
It is not just a common garden dame
And expert tutors prudent, trained each horticulture student
to call each plant its correct Latin name

So, take care to prune the hamamelis mollis
Show respect for all magnolia cambellii
Give thanks for thick and glorious hedera helixa
and ensure tagetes patula does not die

Papaver’s still our emblem, in its Latin
and glorious it blooms and issues seed
Parodia formosa? Safe, but don’t come closer
This lonely species might well make you bleed

Which brings us to the sultry one called vanda
Get her name right when you sit her on your sill
And though naysayers say, no more flores on the way
With a bit of care, I think you’ll find she will

And don’t even think about messing with my vaccinium myrtillus

2 thoughts on “You’re ‘Avin a Risus, Mate – One A Week 2020

  1. Love this! Not that I am anywhere near horticulturally inclined. I do so admire those who know the latin name as well as the – let’s call them familiar – names. I fear I have hostas and roses and rhododendrons and oh wait…. I do love my myosotis! There. I have one official name, right?

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