My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile


What's in the Name?

I got some seeds and on the envelope it said:

Salvia sp.  

Salvia officinalis = Sage with herbal uses growing in my potager

What does sp. stand for? I found this very useful article by Susan Mahr about Botanical and Latin names. I learned that:

Unspecified or unknown specie in the genus of for instance Salvia would be written as Salvia sp. To signify more than one species in the genus, it is written Salvia spp. Another thing.. once the genus has been used in a paragraph, or is understood, it can be shortened, such as S. splendens. and S. officinalis, good to know

What's In A Name?

By Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin – Madison

“All living organisms are classified into various groups with different degrees of relatedness. In the plant kingdom, the various levels of classification include class, order, family, genus and species. The genus and species names together comprise the scientific name that every plant (and animal, too) is given when first described by a scientist. These species names are recognized by botanists, horticulturists and gardeners no matter where you go in the world.”

What the Latin name means

acaulis                 stemless
alba                     white
angustifolia         narrow-leaved
annua                  annual
argentea             silvery  ag silver
arvensis              of the field
aurantiaca          orange

I have planted 14 Salvias (Sage)  now for 2010 some of them are perennial and most of them are blueish purple in the colour they are:

 Salvia amplexicaulis, Salvia dolichantha, S. forskaohlei, S. glutinosa, S. hians, S. nemorosa,  S. officinalis ' Berggarten', S. przewalskii, S. staminea, S. transsylvania, S. certicillata, S. virgata, S. columbariae (Chia) and last the Salvia sp. the unknown one.

I always bought plants of Salvia before and this is the first time I sow them from seed, very exiting.

Thank you Nancy  Soliloquy  for choosing to put Tyra's Garden on you sidebar this week.

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Ruben said...

Bra att du reder ut begreppen! Även jag har sått några salvior idag. Det du!!
/Ruben - your favourite blogger

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Jag ville bara dela med mej, jag hade ingen aning...
Lycka till med dina salvior.
Jag köpte den där boken som du tipsade om fanns på Adlibris, den kommer vilken dag som helst. Spännande en hel bok om Salvia.

gittan said...

Jag funderade idag när jag lagade middag på om alla salvior är användbara i matlagningen? Jag är urusel på örter men försöker lära mig. Det verkar så mysigt att kunna plocka egna kryddor direkt i trädgården. Men utan kunskap, ingen glädje!
Växternas latinska namn säger ju väldigt mycket om dem, men det förutsätter att vi förstår oss på det. Salvia ska sås här i veckan, inte tio sorter men en två tre stycken blir det nog. Ha det gott / gittan

Christine B. said...

The hardy Salvias do really well for me here in Alaska. I am envious you are trying so many. You have inspired me to try a new one this year, too.

Christine B.

*Ulrike* said...

That was pretty interesting. I have several salvias in my yard as they are so pretty. There is always something interesting to read here!

Petit Eyekiss said...

Intressant läsning, även om jaginte tänker så Salvia.

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Hannele på Hisingen said...

inte lätt att hålla reda på...

joey said...

A beautiful plant ... thanks for the info, Tyra. Happy March, dear friend :)

Annika Christensen said...

Kul när man lär sig något nytt.
Ha en skön helg

A home far away said...

Kikar in och önskar trevlig helg!

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