Sunday, December 7, 2008

This is December?

It's been plenty cold, with several freezes (including one that was serious enough to freeze our entire large pond across thick enough to support the weight of four very confused ducks). But my lovely Dianthus are undaunted. Not only do the flowers refuse to die, but the plants have put out new buds. I bought some of these as annuals about 5 years ago and they re-seeded themselves. They are the first of my garden plants to begin blooming in spring and, obviously, the last to quit in the fall.

Some fun dianthus facts:
  • They are commonly called "pinks" after the seemingly pinked edges of the flowers.
  • The color pink is named for this plant.
  • The carnation is a perennial dianthus subspecies.
  • There are around 300 subspecies of dianthus.
  • The swamp pink, an endangered plant native to Delaware and other eastern marshlands, is not a dianthus, but a type of lily.


  1. How resilient. I might even be able to keep them alive, but I wouldn't hold my breath. And your pond was frozen all the way across? Wow! And you didn't invite me and my skates over?


  2. No offense, my love, but I'm pretty sure you weigh more than a duck. If and when it freezes solid, consider yourself invited. :)

    And you could certainly keep these flowers alive. They stood up great to my plant-them-and-ignore-them approach.

  3. Ok, you caught me. I was just trying to nonchalantly invite myself over again. And someday when I have a real garden, I am definitely planting some of those.