Monday, May 10, 2010

RHS to the rescue

Do you know what this tag says?

The Royal Horticultural Society Horticultural Database, (available at is an amazing resource. I use it quite a bit.

One use it has is the interpretation of hand-written tags. The collection I maintain in Sonoma is actually a pretty good one but the owner was a little sloppy with the tags. For example, what does this tag say?

That's where the RHS GREX name search helps. It accepts individual words so I can guess and it gives me all the possibilities.

Now I can rewrite the tag with some confidence. I usually follow the RHS name changes, so the tag now reads "Cattlianthe Nipper x Rhyncholaeliocattleya Neal Blaisdell".

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