We are often asked for the hardy garden pinks and are often unable to supply them. There is now a great variety of almost all shades of color, and their flowers are as large as our carnations were twenty years ago. They may not be all quite hardy, but our carnation is almost hardy, and these pinks with their spreading, free flowering habit, deserve more attention and more care than they get.
There are dozens of named varieties, but without going into them, we can grow a good assortment of colors and the hardy clove pink is a favorite with all. Her Majesty is a splendid white, and Abbottsford is an equally fine pink.
With our continuous blooming carnation they would not be of value to force, but are most useful to pick in the summer months. They can be propagated from cuttings, -as you do carnations, and either kept in the flats in which they were rooted or potted off into 2-inch pots, but they must, when rooted, be kept in a very cool house or cold-frame during winter. Carnations root readily in sand in October, and so will the young growths of these pinks. Planted out in early spring they soon make bushy clumps. Our garden pinks are supposed to be the offspring of Dianthus plumarius.