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Carnation With The Scent Of Clove ~ Dianthus Caryophyllus

I bought two carnation plants in the middle of May. This pink, purple and a bit of white one in the pictures and an other one in pink. In May the nights are still too cold for young plants to stay outdoors so I took them indoors every night for a couple of weeks. Already the first night my husband said there’s a scent here that has not been here before. What is it ? It took us a while to figure out it was the small carnation plant with just a few flowers at the time. It was a nice, familiar scent. Then my husband said, now I know it’s the scent of some spice, in fact it’s the scent of clove. Yes, he was right. I knew I had some ground clove in one of the kitchen cabinets. Just to verify it really was the same scent I took the packaged down from the shelf to smell it. Yes, definitely, the ground clove was the same scent but stronger even if it turned out the date of expiry expired long ago.  I like the scent of the flowers. It has become a habit to me to every morning and evening go out on the terrace to smell the flowers. The package of ground cloves I threw away.
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Carnations ~ Dianthus

Carnations have not been one of my favorite flowers. I have no idea why. Last year, in the spring I for the first time bought carnation plants. They richly flourished all the summer, way into mid/end September. So, of course, I also bought some for this summer. I read about carnations on Wikipedia. I had no idea there are  about 300 species. Seeing the pictures I did recognize and remember some, especially, the “Borstnejlika”, the Dianthus barbatus which my mother in law bought every summer to plant in the garden at the summer cottage. I think I will buy some of them too next summer.
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