My life is hectic. I’m trying hard to cut down on distractions so I can enjoy a few things in my life more fully. One of those priorities is my garden.
This year I had a glorious show of Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus). Sweet William is a biennial plant, meaning it grows, flowers, sets seed, and dies over the course of two years, rather than one for annuals.
They’re fading now, and setting seedpods. If I collect the seed, I can sow it and have another batch of plants ready to go for next year. And while I like the mixed-colors look, there are a few places I’d like to add these plants but I want to restrict the color scheme a bit.
As I went outside with brown paper envelopes in hand, I wondered how to differentiate between the different colors of Dianthus. How will I remember what’s what? Then I remembered the bit of genius always at my side: my smartphone.
I snapped photos of each color and immediately labeled them:
Then I labeled my paper seed envelopes to match.
I created an album in my iPhone Photos app to keep them organized, so when I’m planning my garden for next year I’ll have a quick reference. (Or I guess I could also come back here.)
How do you keep track of changes in your garden?
That’s a great idea.
Your Sweet William are gorgeous. I didn’t get mine to germinate this year so ended up buying a few plants at Southern States, but they were a dwarf kind. Do you direct sow?
What a beautiful garden.
Thank you so much! I love your artwork.