Hi All - I have loved pinks for so long and most that have come are long gone from my garden by now due to encroaching shade and interfering arthritis. However! Some trees are about to come down in a couple of weeks, so I have hopes of wintersowing whatever low-growing species of dianthus I might find in the North American Rock Garden Society's seed list when it goes on-line December 15 (http://www.nargs.org/ ) to plant out next spring over some walls holding our dirt up off the front street. Whatever species or cultivars of dianthus I might wind up with, I'm looking for ones that will make a low, thick, silvery mat that will cascade over and down stone walls (up to 6' high). I estimate maybe 6 - 8 hours of daily sunlight. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'd love to hear them.
May I begin a discussion of what to put at the top of this forum's webpage? Some forums begin with a remark something like, "Welcome to the X forum, where tips and photos abound." And, if ultimately y'all prefer something like that, I won't argue against it.
However, I wonder if we could come up with a poem or quote, instead, that would layer some subliminal, magical interest over the nakedly informative? I'll start, and hopefully y'all will come up with some other possibilities.
"...So spicy her Carnations red,
So drunken reel her Bees,
So silver steal a hundred Flutes
From out a hundred trees..."
This is only the first one I've found for our purposes, so there must be others out there. I hope y'all will comment and let me know one way or another wacha think about my idea for the top of this forum. Not to mention - submit some more possibilities.
I notice that a reference/link to a great book on dianthus got buried under the subject of sources for dianthus. Perhaps we can talk about that, too? A sticky could organize references to various aspects of Dianthus, like Cultivation, Design and Combinations, Germination, Hybridization, Library, Species and Cultivars, Sources - for starters. If you prefer to leave the starter thread for this forum in the Dave's Garden forum, then at least a sticky would link this forum to it, as well as to the dianthus-related thread(s) in the Hybridizers forum.
Would anyone like to take a look at what I did for the Morning Glory forum as the Sticky Index in post #2 at top of the MG forum and then let me know if something like that would be desirable? Or not? The links would be alphabetized by subject (with a condensed explanation for each link) as opposed to randomly listing them.
I will not do anything without approval of Michael and this forum.
I wish we could get Starlight1153 back over here...? Perhaps we at least could maintain participation via email for some until hopefully we could entice them over here?
Thanking everyone in advance for their consideration and for creating this forum,
ps: Attached is a painting of sweet williams participating in the cacophony of a Victorian cottage garden. It is said that the artist sometimes painted these gardens just before the wrecking ball arrived.