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Not Fade Away


By AndrewR


A small ‘problem’ with my bulb bed is that for much of the year, the spring flowering bulbs are resting. This makes it tricky to add new bulbs in the autumn without disturbing the ones already there. So I decided I would have to cover the bed in labels, marking existing residents. Now as you have all probably found, those cheap but useful white plastic labels become illegible after a few months. Something more permanent was required.

A hunt on the internet yielded these:

I bought them from The Essentials Company – the labels can be seen at:

At £4, the post and packing charge is a bit pricey, but at just over £8 for a hundred labels, plus another 30p for the marker (you scratch the name on), it will be money well spent (if it works of course). It took me half an hour to ‘write’ 24 labels, so probably a job for a winter evening or a rainy day.

PS. I’ve just noticed the mistake on this one – it should read ‘fritillaria’ – whoops!

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That's interesting. Reminds me of those pictures we used to call scraperboards. No rubbing out your mistakes though!

18 Nov, 2014


a nurseryman in the New Forest by the name of Douglas Lowndes marketed these 30 odd years ago they still sell them I can vouch for there long life but wish they made them longer everything enjoys pulling them out of the ground , I have experimented with a piece of wire about 8in long bent over double threading it through the hole and pushing it into the ground ahead of the label ,it was a bit better.
few details below

154 Burley Road,
Nr Christchurch
Hants BH23 8DB


MacPennys of Bransgore - Long Life Plant Labels

MacPennys Long Life Label is completely waterproof and stands up to any weather. Some fading may be experienced over the course of time (usually years!), particularly if the label is positioned in direct sunlight, this is a consequence of EU regulations controlling the content of paint used and our current climatic conditions.
Instructions: Using the scriber supplied etch/scratch the information onto the black side.

We can supply single or double sided labels in two sizes 4" x 1/2" or 4" x 1" both in packets and loose.


Packet of 100 x 4" x 1/2" Long Life Labels and scriber:
Packet of 25 x 4" x 1" Long Life Labels, scriber and wire:
Approx. 1,000 x 4" x 1/2" Long Life Labels and 2 scribers:
Approx. 100 x 4" x 1" Long Life Labels, 2 scribers and wire:
Approx. 1,000 x 4" x 1" Long Life Labels, 2 scribers and wire:

Single Sided
(Black on one side)


Double Sided
(Black on both sides)


Extra scribers available 15p each.

Please use our contact page or phone: 01425 672348 to discus your requirements.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
sting a very long time

18 Nov, 2014


Yes, a very good idea.......make sure you get it right first time , though!!!

19 Nov, 2014


Added to GoYpedia :o)

20 Nov, 2014


We bought ours from the lovely nursery MacPennys, such charming people, even gave us some free ones to practice on!! only problem is put them in a safe place!! yes, you guessed, still looking!!

30 Nov, 2014


Oh Dotty they are black to you will probably have to wait for the light nights lol

2 Dec, 2014


These look to be a good idea. I bought a labelling machine but after a year the glue on the labels is breaking down and they are peeling off the plant label sticks. I will def consider buying these next year. Thankyou for putting the info on.

5 Dec, 2014

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