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Garden labels, garden shows

For my daylilies, I use the Brother P-Touch label maker with laminated
TZ tape.   I use metal garden stakes with plates on the top and affix
the label. These hold up for many years.  For other plants, I'm making
labels for small metal markers.  All new plants get a plastic label
(homemade from cut up white Tropicana juice containers) on which I write
with a china marker (wax pencil) until I decide if they warrant
something more permanent.  I also put the original tags into plastic
bags labeled with the garden bed's name. I'm trying to keep up with
digital images of as many plants as possible.

For the last two days I've been preparing for my local garden club's
first flower show in more years than anyone can remember.  All my record
keeping really paid off when you need the exact name of a plant for your
entry.  I couldn't believe how many people didn't know the names of what
they are growing in their gardens! I was helping with plant ids.  I only
attend the meetings twice a year (in the summer) since the club meets in
the daytime. A lot of my entries had a tiny hole or blemish, so I
probably won't do that well.  I don't use any insecticides, so I get
some damaged leaves.  Also, I wasn't aware of how to show certain
plants, and the committee wasn't any help!  They gave me erroneous
information, so I had to "fix" some of my entries last minute.  I should
have written to Auralie! Now that I'm waiting for everything to be
judged, I'm working on last minute details for the daylily show I'm
co-chairing on Sunday!  On top of all that, my sister and her family are
arriving from Kentucky today!  Such is life!

Long Island, NY
Zone 7

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