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A few Dianthus (Pinks) in the garden today

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I love these old-fashioned, cottagey flowers, both for their looks and their wonderful ‘Clove-like’ scent which wafts around the garden on a warm sunny day .
They come in many different shades of pink, from the very palest to really shocking as well as white and cream. Some plain and simple, others delicately patterned.

I am trying to build up my collection by taking cuttings, or ‘pipings’ as they’re called and have taken some recently, so time will tell if they will be a success.

Due to the very strong winds we had yesterday and overnight, I’ve had to stake them and tie with string. Where’s the green twine when you need it?

Here is ’Gran’s Favourite’, a variety with the most heavenly scent . . .

This is ‘Doris’, my Mum’s middle name, another with a gorgeous perfume . . .

Here is ‘Devon Cream’, not a very strong scent but a pretty Dianthus all the same . . .

Dianthus ‘Candy Floss’ has a delicate perfume and that ‘Pinking shears’ frilly edge to it . . .

A pure white variety is ‘Devon Dove’, not too many blooms as yet, but has the lovely ‘Clove-like’ scent . . .

and last, but certainly not least is this Magenta coloured one for which I have no name as Mum gave me this. It was a cutting from her own Mum’s garden, so has a very special memory for me of my dear Nan as she loved her cottage garden.

I’m sure there are many other GoYers who love Dianthus too . . .

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Yes Shirley and I`m one of them. I bought "Doris" last year - this was ma-in-laws name. Like the look of "Devon Dove". They do tend to get battered about a bit if not given some support, but they`re worth it.

4 Jun, 2011

 

And I'm another. Have quite a few, but don't know the names of most. My camera doesnt really show pinky colours very well, so not many pictures. Yours are lovely Shirley.

4 Jun, 2011

 

Some get quite 'straggly' don't they? Others seem much more upright, until a stiff breeze comes along! I'll let you know if I have any luck with the 'pipings' of 'Devon Dove'. Apparently,you're not supposed to check them until roots appear through the bottom of the pot. Could be a while yet ... lol!

4 Jun, 2011

 

Excellent, Cinders, good to know we all like these plants. Remember my camera doesn't show blue shades very well? I took a pic of a really dark blue Delphinium this evening and it looks a garish purple! Shan't bother putting that one on here ... lol!

4 Jun, 2011

 

My pink pics come out almost white sometimes.

4 Jun, 2011

 

A lovely display,Shirley..hope your pipings root ok..I have trouble with pink and purple on my camera...either I need a new one,or change my colour scheme !Lol...that is what happens to my pink ones too,Cinders..

4 Jun, 2011

 

Its so annoying isnt it Sandra

4 Jun, 2011

 

Strange isn't it, Cinders? Mind you, if I bothered to read the manual I'd probably find a way to change it! : o )

Bloomer, don't even think of changing your colour scheme, just hint about a new camera to OH ... lol!

4 Jun, 2011

 

I am another - I have quite a few I go for the ones that dont grow too tall. Since I learnt to neglect them in poor soil they have flourished - just a pity it took me so long to cotton on.

4 Jun, 2011

 

These are all in the sunniest flower bed ... virtually sun all day ... just love their perfume. : o ))

5 Jun, 2011

 

I adore dianthus and i too grow a lot here :-)

5 Jun, 2011

 

That's good to hear, Louise. They're very 'low maintenance' too! : o )

5 Jun, 2011

 

I love them too, Shirley, and yours are gorgeous . . . impressive that you know all their names, too! I'm told it's a good year for pinks: saw a pale yellow one in our garden this morning that I didn't know I had.

5 Jun, 2011

 

I've learned the hard way to keep a record of plant names, Sheila. Spent far too long searching for labels in the past, so I log them in a book right away. How sad is that? lol!

5 Jun, 2011

 

Not sad at all. I've started a book this year as I am so frustrated that I can't remember all the names. Your photos are lovely, I can almost smell them from here!
My camera won't take reds properly. I'v googled the problem but I don't undstand the answers. lol.

5 Jun, 2011

 

No, not sad Shirley - a good idea. Much better than me putting all labels in a bowl in the greenhouse, lol!

5 Jun, 2011

 

I label and date a photo of each plant and keep it on my computer in the year and season ( back up of course). I find if I cannot remember what its called its quicker to look at the photos of the same time last year and then up comes the details.

5 Jun, 2011

 

That's an excellent way of keeping a record of your plants. : o )

5 Jun, 2011

 

And I am another I have a deep mauve plant in my rockery and a stripey one.

Sadly no name but they give an stunning show and a lasting perfume.

The Devon Dove on my wish list its so beautiful .

So enjoyed your blog:)

28 Jun, 2011

 

Oh thankyou, Scotkat and thanks for viewing it. : o )

2 Jul, 2011

 

:o ))

10 Jul, 2011

 

Just to add Shirley, my pipings are rooting I think as there is new growth.

10 Jul, 2011

 

Oh, that's really good Cinders ... I've just misted mine over with rain water ... they're not dead yet! lol . . . .

10 Jul, 2011

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