Give in to your impulses…

Yes, it’s a cliché, but pink is a woman’s colour and that’s mainly because pink is hard to resist.

A simply irresistible pink is Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ that’s a gorgeous carnation gift plant for the all the women in your life …mother, sisters, wife, girl-friends and yourself (why not!), seeing as August was Women’s Month and October is pink ribbon month for Breast Cancer Awareness.

What’s to like

  • Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ produces masses of long-lasting tiny, bicolour flowers in pink with a darker pink centre and a delicious fragrance.
  • Use it as a living flower arrangement indoors or plant it out into a bigger pot for the patio or into the garden.
  • In the garden it is a no fuss, low maintenance plant that can be used as a compact, colourful border plant, growing 35cm high and wide.

Easy to grow

  • Dianthus “Pink Kisses’ needs four to five hours of full sun, and fast draining soil. Space plants 30cm apart and plant the crown of the plant level with the surface of the soil. No need to mulch; the stems like to be free of lingering moisture.
  • Once established, ‘Pink Kisses’ is drought tolerant and should not be over-watered. Fertilise once a month and cut back after flowering for a repeat flush of flowers.

Kiss dull containers goodbye (I can change this according to a picture)

“Pink Kisses’ grows happily in containers that receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Use a good quality potting soil that drains well and feed with Margaret Roberts Organic Supercharger after planting. Plants in containers need more water than those in the garden, so watering every second day is recommended.  Boost growth and flowers with a liquid fertiliser once a month.

For a mixed container combine ‘Pink Kisses’ with alyssum and lobelia, with trailing verbena planted around the edge for cascading over the side.

Pink Kisses supports PinkDrive

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its message is simple, “early detection can save your life”. The best defense is to find breast cancer as early as possible – when it is small, has not spread and is easier to treat. Women should know how their breast normally look and feel and report any breast change to a doctor right away. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women as soon as they start menstruating. Women should have mammograms at age 40 and continuing for as long as they are in good health.

But not all women can afford it and that’s where PinkDrive comes in. They are a non-profit company that powers South Africa’s only mobile women’s health units, which provide free services, including mammograms, pap smears, clinical breast examinations and education for all medically uninsured women.

PinkDrive units travel to semi-urban and urban areas across South Africa and to date have provided more than 10,000 mammograms, conducted more than 95,000 clinical breast examinations and educated more than 234,000 people on breast health.

They need funds to do this and for each Simply Beautiful Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ plant that you buy, a percentage of the sale price goes to PinkDrive.

Find out more about PinkDrive at: www.pinkdrive.co.za or email info@pinkdrive.co.za, and go onto facebook www.facebook.com/ThePinkDrive or twitter @ThePinkDrive.

Did you know …One in 26 SA women is likely to get breast cancer across all race groups. White South African women have the highest risk with one in 12 diagnosed positive, while the lifetime risk for coloured and Asian women is one in 18 and the risk for black women is one in 49. (source: http://www.w24.co.za/Wellness/Body/50-breast-cancer-facts-20080528)

5 ways to sweeten the garden with “Pink Kisses”

  • Pink and white always sparkle together; mix ‘Pink Kisses’ with white flowering annuals that also like well- drained soil such as alyssum, bacopa, lobelia, and verbena.
  • For a spring show, mix ‘Pink Kisses’ with other delicate spring flowers like diascia, nemesia, osteospermum and argyranthemum.
  • Use silver foliage plants with’ Pink Kisses’ to create a soft, dreamy effect. Try lamb’s ear (Stachys lanata), lavender, especially Lavandula stoechas, or Cineraria maritima ‘Silver dust’.
  • Plant ‘Pink Kisses around concrete statues and birdbaths to soften the hard greyness of the concrete.
  • Add to the fragrance of a rose bed by planting Pink Kisses as a border

“Pink Kisses” Outlets

JOHANNESBURG

Keith Kirsten
011 317 0903

Sterlig Kwekery
011 764 1014

Gardening Concepts, Midstream
087 805 5248

Gardening Concepts, Dianfern
081 420 8171/5

Plant Ranch, Germiston
011 893 2043

City Farmers Nursery
083 495 6962

Lifestyle Garden Centre
011 792 5616

Schafflers Nursery
011 786 0323

Echards Garden Pavilion
011 453 8573

Sunkist Garden Pavilion
082 809 6258

Garden World
011 957 2046

Colourful Nursery Group CS
011 447 5817

POLOKWANE

Sterkloop Express
015 291 1272

VAAL TRIANGLE

Brandmuller’s Garden Pavilion
016 428 3351

NORTH WEST

Potchefstroom Garden Pavilion
018 290 6113

PRETORIA

Safari Garden Centre
012 807 0009

Jasmyn Plaas Produkte
012 259 1183

Plant Paradise
012 998 5480

Plant Ranch Centurion
012 664 5776

NORTH WEST AND SOUTHWESTERN LIMPOPO

Geelhout Garden Pavilion
014 597 4382

Waterfall Garden Nursery
014 537 4001

Connies Plants
014 763 3423

WESTERN & NORTHERN MPUMALANGA

Montana Garden Pavilion
013 741 3343

White River Garden Pavilion
013 750 0719

PORT ELIZABETH

Floradale, PE
041 368 5169

Sherwood Garden Centre
041 581 5117

Floradale, East London
043 748 2420

DURBAN

Halls Garden Pavilion
031 903 6737

Bloomingdale Nursery
031 564 5859

BLOEMFONTEIN

Pretty Gardens Bloem
051 451 1069

Greenside Nursery
051 451 3001

Alma Kwekery
057 392 1940

Three Bushketeers
082 901 5711

Riana’s Flora
082 773 1859

Plant Pleasure Nursery
082 440 5882

Countryside Garden Centre
082 596 2024

De Brugge
082 570 8498

CAPE TOWN

Cape Garden Centre, Joose Vlakte
021 988 4137

Cape Garden Centre, Stellenbosch
021 855 0334

Cape Garden Centre, Somerset West
021 858 1151

Superplants Tokai
021 715 4666

Stodels, Bellville
021 919 1106

Stodels, Kenilworth
021 671 9050

Stodels, Constantia
021 919 1106

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