Dianthus caryophyllus Sharpe’s ‘Duke of Wellington’
For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L. Sharpe’s ‘Duke of Wellington’ is a ‘heavy-edged red picotee; petals broad and well formed, white fine, and red very brilliant but not quite confined to the edge.’ [Gard. Chron. 1842]. ‘White pure, and very fully feathered; the guard leaves are rather too small, sometimes rather too much bowed.’ [Gard. Chron. 1843]. ‘Sharpe’s “Duke of Wellington” at present stands unrivalled among the heavy red-edged flowers, notwithstanding the smoothness of the petals and peculiarity of colour.’ [Gard. Chron. 1843]. ‘Heavy-edged, red picotee: pod large but rather short; petals broad and well formed and crowning finely; ground good and clear; edging well marked and regular. [FC p.42/1849]. ‘Were it not for its pudding-shaped pod, which makes it very liable to burst, this would be the best heavy red out, as it is, if caught, a very pretty flower, round in its shape, good in its colour, and deserving a place in any collection.’ [BF p.219/1844].
Horticultural & Botanical History
A number of other picotees were called ‘Duke of Wellington, such as Kirtland’s, a light-edged red: ‘Pod good, white clean, and the colour well confined to the edge; a first rate show flower, and, like most of this raiser’s, has plenty of stuff.’ [BF p.221/1844].
For further information on the Victorian Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus Mathew’s ‘Ne Plus Ultra’.
History at Camden Park
In October 1849 a large consignment of plants was sent by Veitch and Sons, Exeter, to J. C. Bidwill at Camden Park. The consignment included named Carnations and Picotees, the present plant included. [MP A2943].
Published Apr 11, 2009 - 05:28 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 03:07 PM