So what’s the difference between “common” and “popular”? Both are terms used to describe the in-your-eye yellow Forsythia. The two terms are often confused but can actually affect the meaning behind a statement; for example, “popular” should be used to describe something or someone that a lot of people like, whereas “common” describes something that occurs often – it is not always apparent whether people like it or not.
Here’s a little plant to bring a bit of colour to beds and borders (and containers, of course) at this time of year – Scilla siberica, an early-blooming perennial that may just reach a height of eight inches.
This is all about Eve; not about the film starring Bette Davis, nor even about the British goth band with Yorkshire connections, famed for their hit Martha’s Harbour, but all about the evergreen shrub ‘Eve Price’.
Whatever the weather, lawns know when it’s getting towards spring, and that means it’s time to start growing, so from now on, mowing regularly – plus, trimming the edges – is the key to a presentable lawn.
Why do we give so many daft names to plants? Is it because we can’t remember their proper Latin names or is it because we like to make them seem a bit more approachable, a bit more like a member of the family?