The Carnation, the Comeback Kid.

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:

Autumn Burke Photography - Bella Fiori

Designer Unknown.

Autumn Burke Photography - Bella Fiori


Bella Fiori

Better Homes & Gardens

The English Garden

Carolyne Roehm

Beautiful Blooms

Confetti Style

The Knot

The Knot

Tapestry Flowers

Kristina's Wildflowers

Wedding Channel

Designer Unknown.

(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 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?

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  1. I love carnations when used in up-to-date and modern designs and you pictures prove that they can be just as lovely as any other bloom. Thanks for sharing and for the Mayesh shout out! I’ll share your article with our fan/followers because I’m sure they love info and pics just as much as me! Have a great day!

  2. lee gallison says:

    I love carnations…. they are SO underated! In fact, that would be a fun challenge for your next contest. [hmmmm]?

  3. Hmmm…. Lee! Interesting idea! A contest of best carnation design? And what shall the prize be? Very interesting idea!!

  4. Carnations are a great flower when used well. Used well, IMHO, is as the only flower in an arrangement. These photos show that carnations, when bunched closely together and used as the only flower can be draw dropping gorgeous!