It is fantastic that you found an American grower who has this Dianthus for sale. Allwoods in England has a similar but not quite the same Dianthus, but for anyone in America they might as well be on Mars. Here is the product page for the similar Dianthus:
We really need to find a grower in the United States who is willing to import Dianthus from England and propagate them in the United States. I wonder if the folks at Annie’s are aware of Allwoods inventory.
On the Annie's Annual’s website the following observation is made: [quote]As far as I have researched, this is the only remnant available in the U.S. of the type of Carnation or Dianthus so beloved by plant breeders of the 1700s and 1800’s. Sadly, there used to be over 200 of these striped varieties called “Bizarres” now lost to cultivation, some with blooms to 4” across![/quote]
In Ernest Thomas Cook's 1905 book "Carnations, picotees, and the wild and garden pinks", on pages 29 and 30, he lists three-dozen of the best Blzarres and Flakes varieties. Today in the United States we have access to only one Bizarres cultivar. Attached is the edited list from Cook's book. So much has been lost.
BlZARRES AND FLAKES
The best eighteen varieties of each are as follows:
01. Admiral Curzon,
02. Dr. Hogg,
03. Edward Adams,
05. Robert Houlgrave,
06. Robert Lord.
08. C. F. Thurston,
09. J. S. Hedderley,
10. Master Fred,
Pink and Purple:
13. Fred Phillips,
16. Sarah Payne,
17. Squire Penson,
18. William Skirving.
01. Charles Henwood,
02. Earl Stamford,
03. George Melville,
04. Gordon Lewis,
05. James Douglas,
06. Squire Whitbourne.
While looking for Dianthus seed sources in the UK, I came across this fantastic video on Dianthus propagation from cuttings. I have been reading about how to do this but there is nothing like a hands on video. Not only are your shown what to do, you are shown what not do and why.
Does anyone know if Chomley Farran is seed propagated or tissue or cutting propagated? It would be interesting to know. I do remember seeing pictures of this plant before but I can't remember if it was somewhere other than Annie's.
My Chomley Farran is doing great. Repotted and growing great. No buds as of yet.
I have propagated dianthus by divisons and cuttings w/ fair success. I will be trying cuttings of CF as soon as it's big enough.
Heres link to Annie's. I'll take a picture of mine later this morning and post it later.