….:::: Dianthus Edition ::::….
It’s the 15th of the month again and time for garden bloggers to show off what’s blooming in their gardens via Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, a internet event created and hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Here at Tangled Branches South, we have dianthuses. Lots of dianthuses.
I’ve been plugging Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ for about as long as I’ve been growing it (since 2007). The fringy feathery flowers are spectacular grouped together, as you can see above, and also rewardingly complex up close.
I wrote a longish post about ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ last year, so I won’t repeat myself. But in that post, I mentioned that one of the parents of ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ is a class of dianthus known as Allwood Pinks. When I saw a blend of Allwood Pinks called ‘Fragrant Village Pinks’ in the Chiltern Seeds catalog I had to buy some. I sowed the seed last spring and transplanted several of the plants to the kitchen garden. A few bloomed late last year, and greatly resembled ‘Rainbow Loveliness’. Hmm, didn’t expect that. Now most of the rest of them are in bloom. While I’d agree that they’re fragrant, I’m not so sure about any of them being Allwood Pinks. I have a range of colors, flower forms, and plant habits. Some of them are very nice.
Some of the flowers are what I would call “curiosities”.
And a couple of the flowers even look like the photo on Chiltern’s website.
So I don’t know exactly what I’ve grown, but I like them all, even the curiosities.
Cottage-y flowers are a favorite of mine, so I couldn’t resist the catalog description of the single-flowered Sweet Williams:
No old English cottage garden could possibly be complete without its share of Sweet Williams, beautiful in the border and perhaps one of the most attractive cut flowers. Easy to grow; once established and left to themselves, they will take over your garden! We also offer lovely single-flowered Sweet Williams in separate colours.
The original, the quintessential, Sweet William, if you have the others, your garden must still have some of these.
I wouldn’t mind if they did take over my garden. They’re beautiful, they’re fragrant and each flower cluster sits atop a marvelously long straight stem, perfect for cutting. If you’ve only seen the hybrid Sweet Williams that garden centers sell in packs, these are a very different thing. They’re about 18 -24 inches tall (those the deer chewed off over the winter are shorter) and have a very full mounded habit.
That’s it for the dianthuses. I’m having so much fun with them; you may see more species and varieties here next year.
Another flower I’d like to point out is on a plant not usually grown for flowers. This is a culinary sage, Salvia officinalis ‘Extrakta’.
I’ve grown the plain species before, but I think the flowers on ‘Extrakta’ are nicer – more of them and a brighter blue than the plain species. And a side benefit – the Sweet Williams that were snuggled up next to the sage were not eaten by deer.
So, what else is in bloom? Here’s the list.
- Provencal Thyme
- Lemon Mist Thyme
- Rosemary ‘Herb Cottage’
- Violas sown from seed saved from ‘Historic Florist Mix’
- Viola ‘Nature Mulberry Shades’ and ‘Nature Yellow and Red’
- Cuphea llavea (Bat-faced cuphea)
- Lonicera sempervirens (Coral Honeysuckle)
- Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’
- Salvia lyrata
- Galium verum
- Vegetables: Peas and Tomatoes!