I've got to tell you (being a florist for more years than I am old), carnations have always been a dirty word in my vocabulary. But there is something to be said about making something "old" new again, and I am growing in my love affair with this little beauty. Carnations have a lasting power like no other and the varieties, shades and tones now available are breathtaking, not to mention their unique and wonderfully spicy scent. Now don't get me wrong, you are not going to see carnations in every arrangement that leaves our store, in fact they are still rare. In my view the carnation should only be used en masse, no "onesies, twosies" designing with carnations for me! For these flowers to really shine, my preference is to see them en masse, where their ruffly, fringed edges are bumping up next to one another like shy tweens at there first school dance! It's in a group that they radiate and glow!
Today seemed like as good a day as any to celebrate the New Carnation; after all it is January's flower!!
|quicksand rose, echeveria, scabiosa pods, brezillia, brunia, astrantia and the antiqua carnation|