Your slip is showing…

I see lots of white plastic plant tags stuck in the ground and tags wrapped around the branches of trees as I look upon my garden at this time year. I plant the tags along with the plants in an effort to remember what I’ve planted and where. It’s not very attractive and does nothing to enhance the appearance of my winter garden. The plastic crumbles in a year or two or the name fades in the sun and then I’m at a total loss as to plant names. I know one person who alphabetically files all her tags in one place. I’m just not that organized. Years ago, I tried inscribing copper tags but they got bent and disappeared. I’ve heard that writing in pencil won’t fade so maybe I’ll experiment on the metal tags I found when cleaning out my garden shed. Have you had success marking you plants? Please share what’s worked for you so I can give it a try.

PS: This is one reason (of several) why I’ve never had an open garden. I couldn’t tell you the variety or name of many of the plants in my garden…and I know you’d ask!