This week’s Friday Flowers are one of the first flowers that were ready to pick out in the field at the farm.

Sweet William, (Latin name dianthus), is a member of the carnation family and shares the same fragrance. They are meant to symbolize finesse and perfection.

Dianthus grow on stems that range anywhere from 6″-14″ tall. They come in a full range of red and pink tones and also in white. I think Sweet Williams look their prettiest when they are in a full round bouquet of mixed colors. But, here’s a bouquet of neon purple dianthus from California Organics.

Don’t skimp on quantity here. My guess is that your local farmer would sell you a bunch this size for about half the price listed online.

A big bunch of Sweet Williams would make a great casual bouquet for a bedside table and even in the kitchen. If you change the water and give your stems a trim every couple of days, you will easily get a long week in the vase.


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