Saturday, July 22, 2006

True Blue, My Ass

I bought the Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues' seeds from Park's. They were described as "the closest to a true blue dianthus!" Some of my first-year plants have bloomed and they are absolutely not blue. They are mauve. They are exactly that shade of lavender-pink that I detest in the garden. To add insult to injury, they aren't even fragrant. Anyone want to swap?


Blogger LisaBe said...

could they be like hydrangeas, where the blueness or pinkness depends on the ph level of your soil? there are things you can add to your soil to make your hydrangeas more blue--maybe adding the same thing would make your dianthus more blue. i'm sure a home-improvement store garden-shop person could tell you in a flash what to add, but googling tells me that if you add coffee grounds, egg shells, or ground-up citrus peels, this will lower the soil's ph and make hydrangeas bluer. maybe it'll work :)

8:47 AM  
Blogger Xris said...

"... closest to a true blue Dianthus." Ah, that's the key word. There is no true blue Dianthus. It's all relative. Like a short basketball player. Or an open-minded fundamentalist.

Myself, I can't think of a color I would not at least find "interesting" in a flower. I take magenta as a challenge. But there's only so much space and time for the garden, and I do have my favorites, blues among them.

PS: I miss your old profile photo!

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Casey said...

Uh, swap? Not after the way you described it! It is, by the way, a pretty flower, regardless of not being blue.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Ha! No thanks. I was looking that "true blue" myself. Thanks for the warning!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I'd write to Park Seeds and send a photo. Maybe you'll get an answer and hopefully some free seeds. Doesn't hurt and you have a great way with words. (I'd mention you have a gardening blog too).

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Looks pink to me!
I have to say that I am glad that it happens to other people.

I bought a plant last year that was supposed to be a stokes aster, it isn't---but don't know what it is! And, I hate to ask someone. I have been looking up lavender blue plants on the internet, and that could take forever.

8:39 AM  
Blogger LostRoses said...

That's not lavender-pink, that's Garden-of-Eden! Thalassa Cruso called it that because she figured that's what color all plants originally were. Yeah, I hate it too.

9:32 AM  
Blogger firefly said...

I too would write to Park Seeds and ask for a refund, but don't bother mentioning you have a garden blog.

Instead, register with Dave's Garden and get ready to post a vociferous complaint on Garden Watchdog, because Park Seeds and their demon offspring, Wayside Gardens, are notoriously negligent about answering and/or doing anything when there's a problem unless you raise holy hell in public.

This spring I spent about $125 on six small shrubs with Wayside. I ordered a dwarf buddleia "collection" that was supposed to be two 1-gallon pots. Instead, the 'Adonis Blue' came in a shattered 4-inch pot and looked like a bunch of little sticks. No explanation, no refund. I e-mailed them a total of three times before ripping them a new one on GW.

Well, they monitor that board pretty closely, because it's their strategy to butter up the complainers to get them to change negative ratings to "neutral" or "positive" after the fact, which makes them look better in the overall picture. Not only did I get a $5 refund for the pot size, they send me a gift-boxed catalog (yes, in a box, not just wrapping paper) and a $25 certificate toward my next order, which I promptly threw out (and will no doubt regret next February). I told them right up front I would not change my rating, and they sent it anyway.

Ironically, the 4-inch buddleia is doing great, but the gallon-sized 'Peacock' which bloomed furiously right from the beginning began to develop mottled leaves about a month ago, and then I read somewhere that buddleia grown in South Carolina have contracted mosaic virus. This was a Proven Winners selection too, and PW trumpets their "superior disease control," so I wrote to Wayside again and asked for a refund, consistent with their grower's agreement with PW to provide the customer disease-free plants.

I got the refund. Unfortunately, 'Peacock' is shrinking and losing branches, so I'm not sure it will make it through the winter.

If I have to replace it, though, you can bet I'm not going back to Park or Wayside.

1:26 PM  

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