Tuesday, September 01, 2009

ABC Wednesday

Moving along the alphabet we come to "G"

G is for Gillyflower



Sweet old fashioned flowers that take on many disguises.

Some of the old names for "Pinks" and carnations and gilliflowers are cloves, Picotees, and Sops-in-wine

Gardeners now call them pinks, clove pinks, Scotch pinks, old laced pinks, lilac pinks and of course, Sweet William. (Dianthus)

By any name Gillyflowers are one of the oldest of favourite garden flowers.

It is old and precious, - loved by our grandmothers, and their grandmothers, and so prolific in gardens that it is even recognized by non-gardeners, even if they don't know its name.

Slide down the garden path over to ABC Wednesday and see what other wonderful things G stands for.

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful choice for the G Day! Beautiful flowers, lovely color!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Grace and Bradley said...

Really pretty flower, I do not remember that we have planted it before in our garden. thanks for sharing.

anthonynorth said...

I've always thought them lovely flowers.

RuneE said...

Very fitting for the letter G and will enliven any Garden.

Reader Wil said...

Gillyflowers are a great choice for G! They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and the extra information! Have a great Wednesday!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers. Very pretty

Mara said...

I love these flowers! I used to call them spit flowers (there always seemed to be some sort of spit on the stems) and I always wanted them at the end of the four day hike.
I might try and get them in my garden, better phone my mum now!

Rose said...

I do love dianthus! I have some that were annuals, but they keep coming back each year. But I had no idea they were once called gillyflowers, too; thanks for the info!

Roger Owen Green said...

Never heard that term gillyflower. They are nice.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Those are really pretty flowers. I am com pletely ignorant when it comes to names of flowers so I'm always delighted when I learn the proper name or see something I've never seen before.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have never heard of pinks being called gillyflowers before Hildred - they are one of my favourite flowers (and smells) and I have several varieties in my garden - all still blooming although Autumn has really set in.

Jay said...

It's fascinating how familiar flower names vary from country to country. 'Sweet William' is a different flower to 'Pinks' for us. Sweet Williams have the same type of flower head, but many in a large inflorescence on a single stalk. Pinks are single blooms in a bare stem, with pale, grey-green, grass-like leaves.

Pretty, whatever you like to call them!

Carol said...

This is a gorgeous photo! I love how you filled the whole frame with these bright pink beauties. I didn't know they were called gillyflowers...a great G.

Barb said...

I love this name for Dianthus - Gillyflower! I'm going to call mine that from now on.

Dimple said...

They also smell delicious..I just may have to plant some next spring!

Judi said...

Not familiar with the gillyflower, but they are lovely.