I had run out of compost for seeds (my own is far too heavy and in any case none is ready at the moment), so I decided the next best thing was a bag from my local garden centre. And I was pleased that the bags for this compost can at least be recycled.
Anyway, having gone to a relatively unfamiliar place, it seemed reasonable to explore. And what did we find but the most beautiful dianthus.
It occurred to me that dianthus look similar to carnations – and so I set to looking on the Internet. I wouldn’t like to claim the two are the same but I believe they are related. I also learned that they are biennial, so hopefully they will produce lots of seeds for new plants in the future.