Tuesday, May 01, 2007

My bloom cup runneth over...

California bush anemone (Carpenteria californica)

Red orchid cactus

Dianthus hybrid 'Devon Cottage Rosie Cheeks'... very prolific bloomer

Chinese ground orchids and lamium

Purple Million Bells

'Chicago Peace' rose


  1. mmmm pretty.

    I try so hard to get dianthas to over winter here (zone 5) but the plants look AWEFUL come spring and never really take off if they survive...roughly 60% of my supposedly 'hardy dianthus' bit the dust this winter and I am considering pulling up the rest as they look bad. So I will envy yours and enjoy them from a distance.

  2. Dianthus doesn't over winter well for me either.

    Love your pictures and that you stamped them.

  3. You know what? I've never grown this "mini carnation" type of Dianthus because I'd heard they were difficult, but man, there's no stopping them! I think I got lucky with the right spot in the yard. Now I wish I hadn't avoided them all these years.

    I will try to track down the cultivar name because I suspect it's a newer, tougher cultivar we might want to grow more of, more often. My tag-in-a-bag system has sort of disintegrated into a tags-all-over-the-house system, but I'm trying to get back on track. Need to start a new bag for 2007.

  4. Found the tag! The dianthus is 'Devon Cottage Rosie Cheeks' from Proven Selections (Proven Winners).