I am beginning to wonder if my neighbours are noticing my frequent jaunts to the front flowerbed where I bury my face in the wonderful scents of this Pink. I cannot even begin to describe its scent. I have written about it before here and here. Of the plants in bloom, three are sporting white blossoms while the others are a lovely lavender colour.
It is not a commonly-grown Pink, although it is incredibly hardy and easy to grow from seed. The flowers are deeply fringed and, to my mind, some of the most beautiful that I have known.
These Pinks are indigenous to Europe and Japan. It wasn’t a big surprise to discover that they are included as one of the seven plants of autumn beloved by the Japanese and immortalized in Japanese poetry many centuries ago.
Although these flowers are summer blooming, I suspect they also have a second flush of bloom in the autumn.
aki no no ni
sakitaru hana o
nana kusa no hana.
hagi ga hana
nadeshiko no hana
asagao no hana.
in autumn fields –
when I count them on my fingers
they then number seven
The flowers of bush clover,
and morning faces flower.
Yamanoue Okura (C. 660 – 733)
Known as Nadeshiko in Japanese, Dianthus superbus is translated loosely as an affectionate touch of a pretty child. I think this is a fitting description. It would be near impossible for one’s senses not to be moved by this flower.