Dianthus (Sweet William)

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.

the sweet william we chose, now in the front garden along with self-seeded phacelia

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.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Dianthus (Sweet William)

  1. Awesome update thank for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  2. I think you are right. I have often thought that about them and carnations. Dianthus are amazing .. Hardy, happy flowers

  3. I found that they draw the butterflies to them as well.

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