Small flowers that "pack a lot of punch".
Are you growing any Dianthus? Let's see them!
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!
Oh shirley! What is that one in the middle of the lower tier of pictures? Do you have enough of it to divide and let me have a piece? I have several things to trade. Please d-mail me.
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!
Thanks for the names and info, gardengus. Not only does Dianthus have beautiful flowers, but I think the foliage is equally as lovely.
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.
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I received the majority of Dianthus seeds from trades and from http://www.dianeseeds.com All the Dianthus did extremely well via the wintersowing method.
Aquilegia (Columbine) is another perennial that does well via this method. I have several different varieties of this beautiful woodland plant.
Geranium ssp. 'Silver Shadows' was wintersown & planted in my garden, but I'll probably have to wait until next year to see it bloom.
Yes, some seeds take longer than others to germinate and I still have some containers that haven't shown any sprouts yet and others that are badly in need of planting out, which I will do this Fall.
Gorgeous staceysmom! Talk about a great flush of color(s)! Is this their 1st year of bloom?
Thanks Shirley1md, no this is their 2nd year of bloom. It seems it doubled in size since last year. I think it likes it's home.
I would totally agree. It loves its home!
Do you fertilize it? What do you use?