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Genus and species: Dianthus barbatus
Plant type: cool-season annual
Height: 4-12 inches (biennials up to 20 inches)

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      02.01.2015 00:03
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      What's in a name?

      We grew these with children in a school when I and others were either doing our training or work experience. It surprises me how the kids just loved these, above all the others.
      Maybe it's just the name? Maybe it's just the colour, the style of the leaves, especially when the teacher got the children to draw the flower they had to really look at the detail but t brought back memories from when I was a child when our teacher allowed us a cutting and we all took some home to our Mums its another great childhood memory that doesn't cost a lot and keeps children [ and adults] happy.

      These are easy to grow but die in a year or two depending on how successful you are and you do need to replant which is why its so good for schools.

      They can't thrive or grow in winter conditions but bloom quickly over the summer. This was a nice long project that started in a pot in a classroom on the window ledge and then we prepared the ground /soil and in six to eight weeks we transferred them to the small patch of garden outside in the field allocated and it was brilliant to see the children get stuck in and actually how patient they were recording every weeks the small changes and the difference sun and water can make.
      I didn't feel inspired to grow these at home, but I was given a nice cutting and once again took it back to my Mum, some things never change.

      Price wise they are reasonably cheap and from one batch of flowers you can get seeds to replant so again cost effective for everyone and continuous planting year after year.

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