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  • Latin names aren't 'fancy' - they're a sure-fire way of describing a plant and what family it comes from and therefore what sort of growing conditions etc it's likely to need.  

    Common names vary from region to region and can cause confusion but the correct Latin names are international and very helpful.

    I know that occasonally they change, but that is because of increased understanding about the 'famly' the plant is from.  

    It's a shame when people decry something useful because of a sort of  inverted snobbery. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    It annoys me when plants aren't given their proper names. If you want to buy or look up a specific plant it's not much use only having the family name, and from experience the common name might not be that much use either.

  • MelenMelen Posts: 19

    I listen to GQT via iPlayer when I'm cooking/ eating my lunch during the week as I'm rarely around when it's actually on the radio.

    When I was at work though, I'd always try and time my lunch /tea break so that I could sit and listen to it on my phone. Antisocial- yes. Worth it? Yes. image

    The good thing I find when listening to it on iPlayer is that when one of the panel mentions a name of something intersting, or gives some detailed advice, I can stop it, go back and listen to it again and again and again, until I've managed to get it written down.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Since my wind up radio packed up, I don't listen as much as I used to. I would schedule a greenhouse potter for Sunday afternoon, and listen, potter, learn and laugh. So I've just sourced a solar powered DAB radio...
  • I llistened to the Anniversary of the first recording, edition today. It brought back many memories of those wonderful gardeners who have given us the range of their knowledge, in such an entertaining way over the years. Like others I have listened for a long time. I have learnt much and enjoyed the cheerful banter between the panel members and chairmen( only 8 since 1947). Long may it continue

  • yakramyakram Posts: 20

    The Broadoak Hotel public house is our daughter & family's local in Ashton-under-Lyne, and we pass it every time we go to see them.  There is a blue plaque on the pub wall, and a memorial garden on the opposite side of the road, beautifully maintained by the Council.  We enjoyed the mix between 1947 and today.  Long may it continue and I hope to be listening to the 100th anniversary programme - I shall be very old and very gnarled by then. image

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,325

    I'm a big fan - I download it as a podcast and then listen when the sun has gone down and I've had to come indoors.  It makes sorting and folding the family's washing an almost enjoyable task !

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