This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The great objection to common names is that they become so very common that each plant gets a score, and no one knows what the other person is talking of. It is not altogether because names are hard that English ones are chosen, but because the Latin ones seem too learned for common people. What is easier than Tritoma? yet our people made it "hot poker flower." Not to accept a name from Americans the English christened it over again They name it "Torch lily," according to Mr. Robinson's Gardening Illustrated. But in Mr. Robinson's new book it is again named " Flame flower." We see by these illustrations that however easy it may seem, and desirable to accomplish, it is impracticable to make any reforms in this manner. We hope our good friend, the Garden, will pause in its efforts in this way.