Sunday, June 24

It's happened again

Last year I planted a dianthus and a phlox in a stone pot. The phlox flowered earlier.
Now it's the turn of the dianthus to do it's stuff.
So what's all this about?
The tub is full of tiny white dianthus? flowers. They don't have any noticeable perfume and each flower is fairly nondescript but they do produce a frothy effect.
So where have they come from these tiny white flowers? (Note the theme here remember how my ladybird poppies seem to have produced a white offspring? - see here) The only explanation that I have is that the dianthus has self seeded and doesn't produce seeds true to form but this flower is as different from the possible parent as can be! Any other explanations? And what about the dianthus that I planted can it compete with it's possible offspring or should I weed them out - decisions, decisions.

PS: Just another reminder to enter the flower competition as June will whizz by faster than you think - the closing date is next Saturday

10 comments:

  1. I think the whites are determined to take over your garden, Sue.

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    1. Maybe all the sun is bleaching the flowers, jo.

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  2. I would like to see the flower of a cross between the two - the pink colour with fewer petals would work well for me - but then I find nature rarely responds to requests.....even so I'd leave them in just in case.

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    1. Nature is certainly a contrary lady Liz

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  3. Strange things happen in the garden! White is always a good colour, even if unexpected.

    Different topic: peaches; I was watching the Scottish Beachgrove show last week and they focused on peaches and said to make sure they are a hand (or knuckle) length apart and to pull the others off. (Personally I couldn't bare to pull peaches off the tree!). Hope you get a good harvest whatever you decide.

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    1. I saw Beechgrove too Kelli and comforted myself with his explanation that the tree couldn't hold the large crop - ours isn't really a large crop. I think we're going for removing any fruits that seem to be rubbing against one another and causing bruising

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  4. I like dianthus!
    The white is trying to take over your garden! Anyway they are happily welcomed! DO they? ;)

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    1. I like dianthus too Malar especially for the perfume but unfortunately the small white flowers have no scent. I'll leave them unless they start to take over completely

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  5. I think the little white flowers are pretty....but then again I love Dianthus. I have no idea if there is any relation so I think I would leave them for this year and then next year see what happens and if they seem to be taking over then thin them out a bit

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    1. There are a mass of white flowqers at the moment Tanya and they look lovely so I'll leave them be.

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