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Origanum 'Barbara Tingey'

Origanum 'Barbara Tingey'

I hope it's okay to feature an ornamental herb from the same plant family two days in a row! Yesterday's sage is joined by this ornamental oregano, 'Barbara Tingey'. Today's photograph was taken in the UBC Alpine Garden two years ago.

Some of the alpine plant enthusiasts who read BPotD will doubtless know the origin of the cultivar's name. I noted that one of the alpine garden society's has an award named for Barbara Tingey, so I am supposing that's the connection.

A few good places to visit online to learn more about ornamental oreganos: Pacific Northwest Magazine has an article, “Beauty With Virtue”; Denver Botanic Gardens is currently featuring 'Barbara Tingey' oregano on its What's Blooming web page (this link won't last forever!); and sagellyn@Flickr, who often submits images to BPotD, has a photograph of Origanum 'Barbara Tingey' to share as well.

Photography resource link: A few months ago, I suggested visiting the photography web site of Mike Mander, Sublime Photography. It's worth visiting Mike's site again. In the time since it was last featured on here, Mike had a digital camera converted to take infrared photographs only. These new shots are absolutely otherworldly, including these photographs from UBC and UBC Botanical Garden. I should note that I met Mike on Tuesday and had the pleasure of seeing some of these photographs in print.

4 Comments

Origanum 'Barbara Tingey' - Z7-9 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

These close up pictures of flowers hugely enlarged are spectacles of photographic wizardry but they do not give us an idea of what the plant looks like nor help in identifying it or making any kind of decision to plant it. If I thought it would look like that in my garden and went and planted it I am likely to be disappointed. I think there should be some familiar object in the picture, like a penny or a finger or a ruler, so you could know at least a little more about how big it really is.

That's what the links in the written part are for, Dori.

Alternatively, install the Firefox web browser, swipe the name of the plant with your mouse, right-click on your mouse to select "Google Search" (or whatever the default search engine is), and then click on image search. I use this method all the time and it quickly becomes second nature.

Yes, it's fine to feature the same plant, particularly with such fine detail of the flower as this one has.

Agreed with your search recommendations. I spend an awful lot of time at Dave's Garden PlantFiles http://davesgarden.com/pf/

Thanks for the link to Mike Mander's work :-)

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