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.
Anyone else getting Dianthus yet??
What a GREAT mass of color~I can try to find the name. my Pinks look scraggly compared to those!
Mine survived the winter looking good and are just beginning to open, I'm pleased and will have to get more.
Thats Great they survived Winter~ mine get scragglier each year, so I put down several seed types this Spring to see what I can do to help fill in wth the Alyssum...
I sat the pots in the top of the compost heap, but the tops weren't covered. They stayed green all winter despite the cold, ice and snow.
Mine have started to perk up and green out more after I moved them out of another bed with too much shade - I do think they like their new, sunnier spot! I'm hoping for blooms, soon!
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~!
THAT IS GREAT! How did you get them to spread so well, they look so much healthier than my pinks. What is the soil like for them?
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 probably need to mix some more compost in the ground we are very sandy here. thanks! I love the field of them look, like you can imagine a field of poppies with these, next to it!
Irwells, thanks, i do too, i think dianthus is a keeper! :)
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.
Mine are 2 years old this year and have gotten huge and have lots of buds, no blooms yet, will post when they do.
I don't have any of these but have been thinking of putting some in my garden. After seeing these pictures I so want some.
The pic's look like they are planted in full sun?
LOL i just ordered some~ they are suposed to have full sun, yes...
I'd think you would have to have them in containers with Grrreat drainage,and overwinter them proected....
I have loads of buds and the plants got huge this year. No blooms yet though.
Mine are pretty much finished. Time to weedeat the tops, and I might get some more blooms.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6545326 Great colors here!!!!!!