Last June I received a pink dianthus plant for my birthday. I love this plant. The tiny pink flowers smell like candy and have a sweet and bitter taste.
I planted it next to some lavender and it has more than quadrupled in size. Sadly, the flowers bloomed just before a couple of weeks of heavy wind and rain. Before long, the pretty pink blossoms were looking toppled, trampled, and frazzled. I needed to do something, but I was afraid. The urge to grow more and bigger is always there, so the thought of cutting the dianthus back just felt so wrong. In the end, I realized that a cleanly trimmed dianthus looks better (and is probably healthier) than a frazzled one. I’ve even read that you can get it to bloom again by cutting back.
Leaving plenty of room for the lavender and fragrant fresh-cut flowers for the bathroom.
This is the year of lettuce. After sowing a few varieties thickly, I’ve been slowly creating rows as I harvest. I get to enjoy them at every stage and it makes room for the rest to grow. Yesterday I started some carrots in the new rows. I’ll let some of the lettuce bolt and collect the seeds in the fall.
And the strawberries are here!