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Pa's pink puzzle.

Carnations came as a surprise to me as a child.

They were the first plants I grew but I couldn't understand why my father called them "pinks" - because they weren't all pink.

The name came from the edge of the petals, which look like they are trimmed with pinking shears.

Members of the dianthus family, these plants are fairly hardy and reasonably easy to grow.

In the North they are often treated as annuals, planted in free-draining soil in late April from seeds sown indoors in March and taken up in the autumn.

In the South, perennial carnations can be taken up every couple of years, divided and replanted.

Give them a handful of organic fertilizer in the late spring and don't over-water. In dry weather, water weekly but never let them sit in wet soil.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2013
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