Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday - How To Avoid Indigestion


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  1. Well spotted Anna :)

    Actually these plant labels give me indigestion! I know they're designed to be meaningful whatever the language without the need for using oodles of space to translate their meaning in however languages the company needs to use. But theirs always at least one (and usually many more) which leaves me stumped. For instance, what on earth does that 24/26 one mean. Bulb size? Days/weeks/months/years until it blooms? Height of the plant in cms/feet/yards? etc etc.

    I'm sure you understand where I'm coming from!

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    1. Based on text on my box, VP, looks like 24/26 is the bulb size. You are right with your first guess... carry on ranting though... I agree with you :-)

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  2. Err, that should read "...however many languages..."

    I need a lie down after that rant ;)

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  3. All communication is difficult. Alas.

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  4. You mean they are not edible? Blow. I have a Hippeastrum papilio which looks particularly tasty. I was looking forward to stir frying it.

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  5. And how do they know we shouldn't eat them....?! :)

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  6. I wonder - well perhaps not, although lots of plants were accidentally added to the garden following discovery for edible purposes,the dahlia for example. Carbs from the rhizome. One thing's for sure, eat that amaryllis and it'll never bloody flower!

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  7. LOL! Some of the symbols I see on plant pots here are a bit of a mystery to me - will have to look out for a good one to post this year! :D

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  8. It's all because of the b***** lawyers, my dear! ;)

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  9. He-he... ooops... you've just reminded me I've one in a box that I got as a Christmas gift - must check the box for symbols now ;-)

    Box checked... he-he... M&S don't have a food eating warning that I could see. I might be able to help part of VP's rant though. My box says 'ready planted Amaryllis in decorative pot with soil bulb size 26/+cm'. Boxed opened... shoots are up... soil give water... pot on windowsill now... cheers!

    Oh yes... nearly forgot... wishing you a Happy New Year :-D

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  10. I think I'm out of kilter here. I was going to say 'Very clear instructions. Have never seen a 'don't eat' one before.' . . . then scrolled up before writing it and find other commenters are thinking it silly. Assume 24/26 is the size of the bulb in centimeters? Even after reflection, I think I'll stay out of kilter. The instructions are clear. You don't have to be able to read to follow them. (Not everyone can read.) Handy for children - they don't know you shouldn't eat them. Loads of bulbs look like onions. Children aren't expert gardeners but Amaryllis are a good starter plant - really dramatic. And if you have a system, you need to stick to it. If you want to say some plants are edible, you need to say which are inedible in the same spot. I'd have been proud to design this coding. Just as I would have been proud to design the road signs which warn of old people, airoplanes, bumpy roads, bends, children and cows. It feels odd to be disagreeing with VP and everyone - but . . . well I do!

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  11. The best one I've seeing is Might Contain Nuts on ...you've guessed it.....a packet of nuts.

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  12. Thanks for all your comments and especially Esther for coming to this post from a different perspective. I think that we were all myself just having some gentle fun and banter but I'm sure that we would all agree that such pictorial illustrations are invaluable for people who are unable to read. I feel slightly chastened Esther as I did spend some considerable time working with young people with literacy problems. I'm not so sure about the effectiveness of such signs when it comes to children but maybe that's a subject for a debate sometime in the future :)

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.