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Thursday, 20 November 2014

FFF157 - DIANTHUS DESMOND

Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and Sweet William (D. barbatus).

The species are mostly herbaceous perennials, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species, D. knappii, has yellow flowers with a purple centre. Some species, particularly the perennial pinks, are noted for their strong spicy fragrance.

We have the cultivar Dianthus 'Desmond' growing in our garden and it is an extremely rewarding plant. It is considered by many to be the best red Dianthus. This prolific bloomer bears 5 cm full double blooms that are fragrant all summer. It is accented with silver evergreen foliage, that makes the plant spectacular.

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15 comments:

  1. Hi Nick,
    really wonderful and a powerful red !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  2. How rich and sumptious these carnations are.
    Being able to grow those is quite something.

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  3. Nick, Hope it's ok that I'm posting about a very lightweight folding dolly I just bought to help me in the garden. Beautiful red dianthus!

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  4. What a beautiful red color! Beautiful photo!

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  5. Heisann!

    These beautiful flowers should be offered more attention. I had some in lilac in October and the lasted a looong time, and gave med a lot of happiness!
    Have a nice weekend ;:OD)

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  6. Wonderful photo!
    I like the smell...
    Thanks for hosting :-)

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  7. I love these flowers for their fragrance. This punch of color is nice!

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  8. Pretty red Dianthus! To bad they don't do good at my yard.

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  9. That's a powerful red! I should try growing them next spring. Thank you for hosting.

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  10. I do love all carnations and Sweet William, both of which I grow. The carnations are white, and so spicy in fragrance, but the bloom period is quite short. On the plus side, the foliage is lovely and they are very easy care. Love and want your red ones!

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  11. Hi Nick, what a beautiful colour... my flowers are white today... and typical for winter...
    Ciao from Italy,
    Kebo

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  12. just bought a short stem carnation full of buds.

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