Saturday, July 17, 2010

Deptford Pink

With a flower that is smaller than a fingernail and a stalk that can be three feet tall, the deptford pink is flower that is delicate yet difficult to overlook when blooming.

The first time I spotted a Deptford I was troubled by two things; how difficult it is to photograph due to its small size and what kind of name is Deptford?

Today I finally had time to research my puzzlement over the name. Apparently it was mistaken for another flower and was named after a place in London where it has never grown. Botanical names rarely, if ever, get corrected so it will remain Deptford Pink forevermore.

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