Best pinks (Dianthus) to grow

Fill your garden with the rich, clove-like scent of pinks, sweet Williams and carnations.

Pinks (Dianthus) get their name from the serrated edge of the petals, which look as though they’ve been delicately trimmed with pinking shears.

The group includes lots of charming species and cultivars in shades of purple, red and white, as well as pink. Other dianthus to grow include sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) and carnations, but it’s pinks that produce the gorgeous clove-like scent, which is particularly noticeable on warm summer evenings.
While they’re generally smaller in stature, pinks are tough plants that can withstand baking hot summers and chilly winters. Most are happy growing in full sun, in well-drained soil.

‘Red Dwarf’


As an alpine pink, ‘Red Dwarf’ is a robust, mat-forming perennial suited to growing in very-well drained soil in beds, borders or containers. This variety has raspberry-pink flowers, deep crimson at the centre that appear from late spring to early autumn.

Height x spread: 10cm x 30cm.


Twilihght Garden with Louise Curley (23rd July 2015)

With double, white blooms that release a fruity aroma, ‘Memories’ is a great choice for a twilight or moon garden.

H x S: 30cm x 30cm.

‘Sugar Plum’


‘Sugar Plum’ is a striking variety with double, hot pink flowers edged with creamy pink. Richly scented, it grows to form a mound of glaucous foliage and summer blooms.

H x S: 40cm x 30cm.

‘Pop Star’

pop star

Like ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘Pop Star’ is an alpine variety with baby pink, clove-scented flowers. The deeply fringed petals make this a particularly eye-catching variety.

H x S: 10cm x 15cm.

‘Candy Floss’

candy floss

As the name suggests, ‘Candy Floss’ has bright pink, double flowers with a sweet fragrance. Plant it in containers or borders near paths or seating areas to make the most of the fragrance.

H x S: 30cm x 30cm.

‘Tequila Sunrise’

tequila sunrise

This stunning variety has pure white, single flowers with a pink, halo-like ‘eye’ in the centre. Reaching up to 5cm in diameter, the flowers are relatively large for a pink and have a delicious fragrance.

H x S: 45cm x 35cm.

Pinks propagation

Pinks can be short-lived – fortunately they’re very easy to propagate from strong, unflowered shoots called ‘pipings’ in early summer. Do this each year to ensure you have a regular supply of free plants.


Summer 2019 Movie Preview: 31 Superhero, Horror & Comedy Movies You Should See

Slide 1 of 32: Time to start planning your summer movie schedule now.

This year’s summer movie season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. Between new blockbuster superhero films, terrifying horror movies and uproarious new comedies, there’s plenty to keep you busy and away from that pesky sun all summer long. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for this summer, starting with “Avengers: Endgame” at the end of April.  

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Do You Watch “Jeopardy” ?

James Holzhauer extends ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak to 16 days. Here’s how he did it

By Erin Jensen & USA Today

“Jeopardy!” legend-in-the-making James Holzhauer is revealing the secret sauce that’s made his exciting winning streak possible.

Holzhauer, 34, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, kept his streak alive on Thursday’s episode, bringing home $90,812 in a runaway victory.

He has won a total of $1,225,987 over 16 days, second only to computer programmer-turned-author Ken Jennings, who made off with $2,520,700 over 74 games in 2004.

In a Q&A with The New York Times that published online Wednesday, the professional sports gambler shared how his experience helps him keep a firm grip on the game show.

“There are big advantages to having a lot of chips early on in a poker tournament,” he told the Times. “You can make plays that other people can’t.”

Holzhauer, who goes “$1,000-1,000-1,000 whenever I can,” said he conceived of the strategy of aiming for the high-value clues “right away.”

“You can see as soon as I get control of the board in the first game I’m going for the $1,000 clues whenever I have the opportunity,” he said.

Holzhauer believes his “comfort zone is very different than the typical contestant,” which he hails as “a huge advantage.”

He tells the outlet: “The fact that I win and lose money all the time helps desensitize me, so I can write down $60,000 as the Final Jeopardy wager and not be trembling at the thought of losing that money.”

Describing the typical way the game show is played as “too risk-averse,” he explained the advantage of his strategy.

“The funny thing is, my strategy actually minimizes the risk of me losing a game,” he said. “There’s times in a football game where a team goes for a big TD pass. If you don’t take a risk like that, you’re not going to win.”

Holzhauer’s strategy is backed by knowledge he said he picked up from children’s literature.  

“I’ve found that in an adult reference book, if it’s not a subject I’m interested in, I just can’t get into it,” he told the Times. “I was thinking, what is the place in the library I can go to to get books tailored to make things interesting for uninterested readers? Boom. The children’s section.”

He crossed the $1 million mark during Tuesday’s episode, becoming only the second person in the game show’s 35-year history to reach the feat in regular-season (non-tournament) play.

A “Life Questions” Journal

By Joan McConnell and Keenager News

Today it seems that everyone has a story to tell.  Unfortunately, many older folks don’t live long enough to tell it.  What a shame.  All that history in one persons memory and never having a chance to share it.  So we never get to hear the lessons that we sorely need to hear.  Fortunately, there are people, perhaps you, who have embraced the idea of journaling, writing  short entries into a notebook so that you can recall that interesting story your grandma told you, or a thought you had that you’d want to blog about.  I envy your will-power.  It’s tough to do and tougher to keep doing it.

I lost my grand-parents long ago.  In fact only got to briefly know my one grandfather.  How I would love to have asked them all about Ireland, their birthplace.  Why they came to America, were they discriminated against, how different life here was compared to life in Ireland. How did they raise their kids here compared to raising kids there.  So much history never told.  Author Joan McConnell. herself Irish, realized that family history was not being passed down to next generations simply because questions were never asked.  So she developed an outline that could be used to gather such family information and could be used to tell their story to all future family generations.

And here is the outline.  Nothing fancy, no blood need be taken and analyzed, just some simple questions to be answered by the people you want remembered. Add your own questions if you want.  Just remember to do it before it’s to late and have fun !


Life Questions

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