I got an REAL accidental shot, that turned out fun! this is my D, Barbatus which is halfopen in this profile. i was trying to capture its progression as I am keeping record so I know when they bloom (all the Dainthus) My pinks are opening too.
We just had the COLDEST storm (on record for LV I think) blow thru~! it ws baqck i n the 30s after I got sunburned in the 80s. I am glad Dianthus is Tough! Today after work I noticed another Sweet William opening a couple little blooms this one is a mixed color just like yours in Paris, Irwells56~!
I think this is their 5th year, and they have spread pretty well. I like them because of the different colored foliage. After they've bloomed I'll weedeat them, and they'll bloom again in the fall. As far as the soil, we're right on the dividing line of sandy loam and clay, but we're mostly sandy loam.
I think that was clever to use the heat Cathy to keep the roots/plant warm, for winter~! I never remember that heat is there unless I am turning over piles of leaves in late fall, and they are warmer on the bottom than on top! I have a compost corner in the back of my yard I throw grounds and old tea as well as deadheaded flowers there every year all year. I just cleaned it out for spring, and it was great filler.
Thanks fernman, I put all my pots in there. I don't know if it keeps them warm, but I have lots of things that shouldn't make it through the winter that do. Some are buried deeper, like the strawberry pots & blueberry bushes. They are covered with about 3 inches of leaves.
yes absolutely! the compost decomposing pust off heat (hence: global warming) and helped them stay warmwe! its suncha great idea and why they always suggest to compost over and around the Bulbs in winter great work!
Mine are starting to bloom too. The plants stayed green all winter here (z 5b). the type I have look identical to pandora125's http://tinyurl.com/ce52ou .
I don't know the species or cultivar. I picked them up as a $2 6-pack of 'annual pinks' at Lowes 4 years ago.
My dianthus are fully blooming. These are planted on the slope next the stairs. They stayed green all winter. I don't know what variety these are - I bought them in a 6-pack of 'annual' dianthus 4 years ago.