I’ll admit it, I used to stick my nose up at the carnation. I had been trained to not like this particular flower. I ignored it for years, “oh that cheap-o flower, it’ll never be in my designs”. I don’t know that I ever really believed that it was a flower that should be ignored but I did what I felt was expected. When I had brides tell me they wanted to use carnations for their centerpieces I was thrilled.
Check out what can be done with a carnation:
(I could not find the name of the designers for all the arrangements shown above. Should you know who designed these pieces please let us know!)
Carnations are also commonly referred to by their scientific name, “Dianthus”. They are also known as “Flower of the Gods”.
“For centuries, the carnation was a dignified, sought-after flower, adorning everything from royal weddings to presidential lapels. Because the flower is inexpensive and often dyed unappealing, unnatural colors — and because you can buy them by the bunch at your local deli — they fell out of favor,” says event planner Bronson Van Wyck.
Read more & watch a great video at Marthastewart.com: Carnation Arrangement Guide by Bronson Van Wyck.
A few more details:
-In 1907 Anna Jarvis chose a carnation as the emblem of Mother’s Day because it was the favourite flower of her mother.
-Carnation is the birth flower for those born in the month of January.
-Available year round.
-Colombia is the largest carnation producer in the world.
-They’ve been cultivated for over 2,000 years.
Last October David Dahlson of Mayesh wrote an informative post for us about carnation cultivation here in California & Colorado and how production moved to Columbia. Read it here.
What do you think? Making a come back?