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Pinks or not?

Hi everyone. 4 weeks ago I ordered a pack of 5 garden pinks from an online nursery, and received them on Saturday. Now, the plants were in good condition, but only 2 are pinks, and 3 are Dianthus Deltoides, a very nice rockery plant, the same genus, but not in my opinion a traditional garden pink, no scent and no cutting of flowers. Understandably,  in view of the current lockdown, the nursery is not responding to calls or emails, and I do not know how I could send them back anyway, so have decided to keep them and buy more pink varieties after lockdown lifts. 

Does the panel agree with me that DD are not the same as traditional garden pinks, or am I just being umpty?


  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I would agree that DD would not be considered garden pinks, perhaps they had someone unfamiliar with the plants who didn't realise the difference...... 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,110
    Hmm - I'd agree.
    Perhaps take photos, and email them. They'll possibly just say 'keep them, and will hopefully send the missing ones. Job's a good 'un  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 884
    I would contact them but many places seem to use pinks as a catch all name for lots of dianthus varieties. I suppose it depends how they described them on their listing 
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  • The listing mentions good in rockeries, troughs etc, which could cover both DD and traditional pinks, but also stresses cut flowers, scent etc. The pictures are definitely only of garden pinks, see here.....
    I agree that the best action is to photograph the items and email the company, if only to register a mild protest. I bought them to cover the two new clematis I have planted, and to give scent around the seating area, but I guess once they flower, I will enjoy them anyway!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I've always known them as 'Maiden pinks' so that could be why they were included, whether by accident or design.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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