Already we are midway into A Week of Flowers hosted by Cathy of Words and Herbs. She has invited us to share a colorful flower or two to brighten up these early days of December.
I finally purchased a few years ago a dianthus mix that is perennial here. It was blooming in early April this year and provided interest throughout the summer. Though not as showy now as in these images, after several weeks with nights below freezing the plants continue to flower. Our weather has warmed again this week and it really does feel spring-like here in piedmont North Carolina. It was actually a lovely day here yesterday, 73F. and sunny, but more cold weather is lurking before spring.
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A gorgeous splash of pink Susie! And amazing that they are still producing some flowers. I like to have some near the front door in summer as they smell so nice. 😃
It’s very pink! I’m not sure this mix is as fragrant as the old-fashioned ones. Will have to make a point to detect the scent. They have made a nice ground cover.
Very pretty flowers, are they fragrant? I used those in winter containers in Atlanta.
Thanks. You know, I don’t think these are terribly fragrant. Need to check.
I think the fragrance has been bred out.
The top dianthus is a really intense colour Suzy. I had a couple of dianthus plants last year – so beautifully scented. I’m most envious of your temperatures 😄
The dianthus provided a colorful (almost neon) backdrop this summer. Must try to see if these are highly scented. I know they should be but not certain this mix is.
Pink seems to be big on Day 4 of this meme! Temperatures also appear to be warmer in your part of the country than mine at the moment. I love Dianthus, which is a cool season bloomer here that sadly dies out under summer’s hot, dry conditions.
Pink isn’t my favorite color but I do have a lot of pinks that I love. It’s only 61F today; still very dry here. You probably had more rain than I this summer.
Wow, these are beautiful entries for the days of flowers meme. 🙂 I’ve grown Dianthus in the past, too, and really enjoyed it.
Thanks Beth. Dianthus is something I try not to be without, but my efforts haven’t always worked. So glad these have stuck around.
So vibrantly beautiful! I do love the markings on dianthus… these are gorgeous. You can’t beat them for endless blooming.
My favorite are Sweet William which I think the rabbits devour. Not sure why they left these for me!
Your dianthus have that same lovely colouring as I treasure in some Sweet Williams. If only we could have your nice mild weather!
Yes! Sweet Williams are so wonderful. I used to be able to grow them but lately have not had luck with them. Really must try harder.
Your weather – or lack of time? I’m holding my breath because mine look set to bloom for the third year running.
Maybe timing and maybe weather. Last year was completely soggy and this year was completely dry and where was I? Not spending much time in the garden!
Oh wow, those are intense! Love the subtle variations in shade.
Yes, they are intense in the sunlight. There are a few different colors planted in the area and they all blend well. I would probably just choose white but either it wasn’t available or didn’t survive.
I’m amazed that these continue to flower after a freeze! That’s an impressive plant.
I was surprised too. Of course it’s just a few here and there now, but enough to make me smile.
Smiling is good!