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Shirley, your dianthus look great! Do you get second flush of blooms if you cut them back after the first? I grew some dianthus from seed this year, so they are still small plants, but I have great hopes for them.
Peckhaus: Thanks so much! All my Dianthus was wintersown from seed. They put down a lot of root growth during the first year (2006) and rewarded me with beautiful blooms in their second year (2007). Yes, if you dead head spent flowers and give them a bit more fertilizer, they will reward you with more glorious blooms. Your patience will pay off next year when they put on a beautiful show of color for you!
Gorgeous gardengus! I love the shape and color of the red one in particular. Do you know the names of your Dianthus? Did you buy them as plants or grow them from seed? Thanks so much for sharing them with us!
I read above your's was wintersown. I tried wintersowing for the first time this year,only a dozen or so things, was your germination rate good ? And where did you get the seed from? I ask because some things were too good and now I have 30+ little columbine some still in pots.Others didn't come up at all like my geranium.
Got a great first bloom. Gave 'er a haircut a bit ago and seeing a few bud's popping up.
I got a great second bloom last year. The red dianthus next to the pink is a nursery mistake. Was supposed to be pink also. Threw off my whole pink, purple theme but I don't have the heart to rip it out.