Miracle pinks

A simple jar of pinks for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Last year our tiny terrace was lined with these pinks, which I dug up in autumn to make way for tulips. Lack of time and space (the world’s perennial challenge) meant that the clumps of pinks stayed on the bricks, roots and all exposed to frost, rain and wind, the entire winter long. This spring I found a space for them in the tiny bit of garden vacated by my neighbour who moved away. The miraculous pinks are still thriving today.



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  1. Such a pretty colour. I have some white frilly ones, but they were badly damaged this year by the rain just when they started flowering. Such a shame as they smell lovely too and the scent always takes me back to my childhood.

  2. And what pretty pink pinks they are – SO glad they survived! Thanks for sharing them – and don’t forget to leave a link on my blog so others can find your post too 🙂

  3. Amazing what our poor plants survive. They look lovely and are they fragrant?

  4. That story makes them even prettier in my eyes! Any plant that can cope with neglect is a winner!

  5. I love pinks as any one visiting the nursery this summer will have seen! Their wonderful clove smell is delicious. They are tough too as you’ve proven, what survivors, great you have another wee corner to plant up too.

    • Yes, I am quite pleased with my new little spot and have already filled it with cuttings and dividings. It looks very pretty already! It’s too long since I visited your nursery but I am hoping to be along in the autumn to say hello. (Best of luck with the wedding!)

  6. I cut some back on the cliff top last year, as the plant was so overgrown and woody…they’re fighting back and looking like they’ll be even better this year!

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