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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gardening-related Wordlady posts


Since it's the season for gardening, I'm collecting together here links to all Wordlady's gardening-related posts:

  1. LILAC Pronunciation and origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2015/06/lack-lock-or-luck.html
  2. TROWEL, SPADE, SHOVEL origin (and why do we say "Call a spade a spade"?): http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/05/calling-spade-spade-or-should-that-be.html
  3. LAWN origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2011/05/lawn.html
  4. PEONY origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/06/paeans-for-peonies.html
  5. COSMOS  origin and pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2015/07/all-is-well-in-my-cosmos.html
  6. WHEELBARROW OR WHEELBARREL? http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2013/08/wheelbarrow-or-wheelbarrel.html
  7. TULIP origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2013/04/tiptoe-through-tulips.html 
  8. FUCHSIA pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2011/12/seasonal-spelling-slip-up.html 
  9. PINK origin (which came first, the colour or the flower?): http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/06/in-pink.html
  10. When FLOWER and FLOUR were the same word: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/05/flower-and-flour.html
  11. BASIL origin and pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2013/06/of-basil-and-basilisks.html
  12. RUDBECKIA spelling and origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2010/10/not-to-be-confused-with-politebeckia.html 
  13. PASSIONFRUIT origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/02/passion-fruit-or-passion-killers.html
  14. PISTIL spelling and origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2010/08/always-good-advice.html  
  15. RHUBARB origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/05/rhubarb.html
  16. HERB or ERB? http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/10/herb-or-erb.html
  17. SQUIRREL origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2012/10/feeling-squirrelly.html  
  18. HOSTA and PLANTAIN origin and pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/06/one-funky-plant.html
  19. COTONEASTER and ASTER origin and pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/06/cotoneaster.html 
  20. EUONYMUS origin and spelling: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2011/04/are-you-pseudisodomous.html
  21. SPRUCE origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/10/sprucing-up-place.html 
  22. CAMELLIA spelling, origin, and pronunciation: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-wordlady-of-camellias.html 
  23. MALVA / MALLOW origin: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.com/2018/08/more-about-mauve.html 
  24. SERVICEBERRY /SASKATOON https://katherinebarber.blogspot.com/2019/05/at-your-service.html 
Is there a gardening-related word you would like to know more about? Send me an email at wordlady.barber@gmail.com.

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  1. Hello, Katherine, can you tell me about that beautiful illustration to your post? Many thanks, Jeremy

    1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_Hubert_von_Herkomer_-_The_old_gardener.jpg


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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.