Thought I'd let you all know how they're doing, since you were often on my mind when I was growing and transplanting them, and now when I'm out looking at the carnation bed, and particularly because Cheryl was asking.
So I started four flats of Grenadins and one of Chabaud and Rainbow Mix in those nine-cell packs and ended up with a whopping number of seedlings! I'd never grown them before and wanted to make sure I had enough. They have their own ~8'x15' bed now, are tucked into every corner of the garden, and some were given away to friends. The Grenadins are looking good, standing straight and growing well, about 7". The Chabaud - or Rainbow Mix - one of them - is a sprawling brittle thing, won't be growing that again.
One night not long after planting them out a moose passed about six feet from the bed. Nice old-fashioned moose, appreciates dianthus too ;) Looking forward to some blooms next year.
Cheryl is there any chance you could post a picture of your Floristans? I'm glad to hear they're doing well - they sound magnificent - I'm curious what height they ultimately achieve and the flower size. And you sound pleased with the barbatus too.