New seed catalog time has come, and Husband and I chose and ordered our selections for this year’s garden. Husband always researches the varieties carefully and chooses based on length of growing season, disease resistance, past successes, and past failures. I don’t think he ever chooses based on the name of the variety. It seems like a lot of effort goes into finding catchy names to entice us to buy one variety over another.
I wonder how they arrive at the names? I like it when a plant is named for a person-Big Jim Peppers or Queen Elizabeth Hybrid Tea Roses. Some names speak to productivity, such as Mortgage Lifter tomatoes or Lazy Housewife pole beans. Why, though, would you name a variety of celeriac Mars? There isn’t anything particularly warlike about that humble root vegetable. Flower names get pretty fanciful, such as Double Scoop Bubble Gum Echinacea.
I wondered what names Baboons could come up with if they were to name some plants, so that is today’s challenge.
Come up with some clever names for varieties of flowers, trees, vegetables, shrubs, or even weeds I will get us started with my choice of Dead Man Walking American Elm.