Brilliant. Are those specifically markers, or up cycle?
I have been overhauling my borders, Patricia, and sadly these are labels for plants that are no longer there…
I do like white on black. Do they stay legible?
They do indeed – one side of the label is slightly rough which helps, and I use a permanent fineline marker pen. I have discovered that you can clean marker off and am experimenting with different recommendations – it’s hard work (especially with this sort of quantity!) but more environmentally friendly than buying new ones
You should write a post on your findings, ‘cos we are all facing the same problems! At Wimpole we mostly use scourers. Our main issue is getting the ink to be legible one year on.
I have found a surprisingly easy solution, which I will mention shortly
Grave markers, we all have them.
Ouch! Yes, that is a good word for them 😉
Oh you’ve been busy Cathy. Have the plants all gone to that big compost heap in the sky or have some found new homes?
Most sadly to that vast compost heap, but some are bulbs that I shan’t bother labelling in future as ones like alliums are dotted about anyway – and some are things bought for temporary colour which didn’t really merit a permanent label in the first place. And a t keast they are over a period of years – not just one season’s fatalities!
Cathy it’s a shame that 199 plants go to the compost heap. I the bulbs even if they are only one year old, I plant them again because sometimes they give surprises and come back to bloom. I reuse my labels that are plastic although I use a permanent marker. I write on the flip side next year and within two years the face on which I marked this year has been erased. My trick is to leave them in the garden, in the open, with the cold Winter. Sorry Cathy to write it so late but I’ve been very bad with my hip and my leg and I did not feel like picking up the laptop. Greetings from Margarita.
Sorry to read you have been in pain Margarita and I hope it is improving now although I fear it may be worse in the colder months. Fortunately not all the labels were from this year and some may have been there for 3 or 4 years or longer, which doesn’t seem quite so bad…!
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