A posse of passé pinks...(or...Dianthus to die for: really!): a caryophyllaceous alphabetarium....
|Dianthus cruentus pink form|
|Dianthus cruentus in the Rock Alpine Garden|
If you had clicked the URL to my other blog praising pinks (I've just hyperlinked it here again so you don't have to scroll back) you can compare the picture of Dianthus anatolicus to its near cousin growing not far away in nature in Westernmost Turkey. Both species are famous for being chary of bloom, but we have apparently obtained flowery forms of both: my clone of erinaeus especially is unbelievably floriferous year after year and sets copious seed I send into the NARGS exchange. (Mike! you must remember to have Bone or Katy propagate this this year): please ignore the parenthetical remark if your name's not Mike.
|Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies'|
|Dianthus haematocalyx v.pindicola|
|Dianthus petraeus ssp. noeanus|
So the poor plants are stigmatized with association with pink--and that name doesn't even refer to a color etymologically! How bitter the irony! But like it or not, the bulk of pinks will remain branded by their namesake color...and those of us "in the know" know that when plants are on the outs, that's the time to grow them before they are sullied again by Οι πολλοί (oi polloi)...aaah! the pleasures of being a true plant snob!