Yesterday, Sunday 11th November 2108, my friend, dick, from church asked me if I would like a couple of Dianthus plants he had been given by his daughter, of course I said yes. So today he brought them to my flat where I put them outside on the balcony. One is called Dianthus caryophyllus (Carnation) ‘Oscar’ & the other is simply called ‘Dianthus ’Adorables Mel Cerise’ but gives no indication on what species of Dianthus it is. After a search I found it’s also a Carnation: Dianthus caryophyllus.
These have been repotted into blue plastic pots but I think they are too big for these plants.
Dick has given me many plants over the last two years but for some mysterious reason they all die after a short time with me! He gave me about half a dozen half standard Fuchsias last year but none has survived into this year! Two or three I managed to keep over the winter & then I planted them out in the troughs on the balcony floor but they died in a short time. He also gave me a Dianthus ‘Megan’ but although it seemed happy at first within a couple of months that also died! I put it down to overwatering but I’m not really convinced that was the case.
Two more half standard Fuchsias he gave me this year are still clinging to life & I hope I can get them through the winter alive so they can flower on the balcony next summer.
Thanks forthat, Jap! They really are lovely & I hope they will survive for more than a couple of months – unlike ‘Megan’ !
The two plants still seem to be going strong & each still has a few flowers – even though we are in January! We are having freezing temps here at present but they are not affecting them.
I wanted to upload a recent photo but I’m not using my usual computer at the moment & don’t have access to the pictures on my main computer now. (The gkids have commandeered it!)
Wishing you a Happy New Year 2019.
Do you know anything about Nic and Nat and the website? There seems to be a suggestion that they have given up on it???
My carnations come back year after year and let me tell you I neglect them because I have too many plants. These babies are hardy as can be and also lovely.
I’ve grown Carnations for a great many years but these plants were given to me by a friend from church, Dick, & they already had flowers on them. The buds that were formed then are still opening but the flowers are lasting much longer with the cooler weather we are having.
When our daughter was living with us, at least 15 years ago, she bought her mum a bunch of lovely red Carnations. I found a few shoots on some of the stems that hadn’t been removed before they were sent to the supermarket where she bought them. I managed to root them & I’ve had some plants of these red Carnations ever since! I get a few cutting from the plants every year to overwinter. Last year the few surviving plants I still had did very bad & in fact I have only one plant left that is not looking happy at all. Anyway I took a few cutting from it & it seems they have rooted so this summer I hope to see some red Carnation flowers from them! As they are not named I call them ‘Florist red’ Carnations!
Of the two Carnation the only one that has flowers at the present moment is ‘Oscar’. The other one is full of buds but no actual flowers at present are open.
The two cutting of the “Florist red Carnation” are still alive & doing well. They seem to have put on a little growth & soon I will have to repot them in bigger pots.
The mother plant is still not looking at all happy but I’m loathe to throw it away for the moment till I see how the baby plants fare. I doubt this plant will do anything during the summer & it will be best to throw it away in a couple of months time.
My wife had an operation on one of her eyes a week ago & our son came round to see us during the evening & brought her a bunch of orange spray Chrysanthemums. While putting them in water for his mum I noticed them were several offshoots on the stems. The next day I puller them off the stems & put them in a couple of pots of compost – now to await developments!
This is what I did many years ago with a bunch of red Carnations our daughter bought for her mum. I’ve had a few plants flowering on the balcony every year since – at least 14/15 years!