I had a friend over yesterday evening, and she was looking at the gardens and asking a few questions. (she's a fairly new gardener) Things like "what's that one called?" and "is it pretty easy to grow?".
She finally stopped me and told me that I sounded "uppity" when I talked about my gardens, because I use mostly latin names.
I tried to explain that, as a gardener, it's good to know the latin names when looking for information about a plant. Many nurseries even arrange their plants alphabetically by latin names.
While she understood the importance of knowing them, she thought that using them in casual conversation was akin to "a doctor who won't use plain english to explain a problem".
So it made me think I don't even know the common names of the majority of plants in my garden. Does this make me "uppity"? Do you use latin or common names?
I will add that for some reason, when I talk about wild flowers, I tend to use the common names. I would never call queen annes lace "daucus carota". But I don't even know if veronicastrum has a common name!
I don't want to be a garden snob