Sweet William


Aren’t these gorgeous? On this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to introduce to you Sweet Willliam if you don’t know “him” already.

Sweet William (aka “Dianthus Barbatus”) is a perennial, sweet-smelling flower that is usually planted as an annual. I remember buying these as Dianthus, where I included them in one of my flower beds way back when. They do enjoy some shade so if you live in a particularly hot and sunny climate—like I do in the southwest—plant these babies in areas where there is at least partial shade for a good portion of the day and keep them well watered.

I just thought I’d share this sweet flower with you seeing as it is Sweet Saturday!

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About Anna Popescu

I live in northern Arizona with my husband, Rick. I am blessed to say that Rick and I are at the bottom corners of a triangle where Jesus sits at the top corner. My children, Kathy & Alan, live in the Phoenix area and make this mom's heart thankful they have grown to be such wonderful and caring adults. Alan married in 2010, so I am also blessed with Denise as a special daughter-in-love. The Lord took my Mom home in 2007, and I miss her. My Dad and two sisters live in Florida while my two other sisters live in the Northeast. God has also blessed me and Rick with a local family of very close-knit friends. I love to write when I am able, but on the days when I am struggling with health issues and can't manage much of anything, I can at least crochet. These days I mainly crochet lapghans of various colors and sizes for area rehab centers and nursing homes.

Posted on July 7, 2012, in flowers, sweet and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great photo. I have sweet william in my planter pot. a lovey bright fucia. xo

    • I have 2 black thumbs, Katie, so the only real and fresh flowers in my house are those bought at the grocery store. I love looking at photos of flowers though and I have vases of silk flowers throughout my house. Flowers just lift my spirits!

  2. Oh, these are beautiful! I’d forgotten about Sweet William. I think I’ll have to get some. Thanks, Anna!

  3. It is beautiful Anna, the colours are amazing, a reflection of their creator and our creator.

  4. Beautiful. I love carnations (same family I believe) but haven’t seen Sweet William since I left England.

    • Cloudwatcher, I didn’t know Sweet William and carnations are related! My Mom loved carnations — we had those gorgeous bright red flowers blooming all summer long in the plant boxes on our front porch.

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