“We’re fine with pretty much any flowers for our wedding–well, except Carnations; don’t use those.”
“I’d like to order an arrangement for delivery–lots of pinks, but, no Carnations; she hates Carnations.”
“I’m just looking for an arrangement for her birthday. I want to get her something really nice–without Carnations though. I’m not a fan of those, they look tacky.”
We know that the Carnation hatin’ is a real thing, and it’s really common. Carnations have to be about the most hated flower out there…even the rotten smelling Corpse Flower gets more love as it’s blooming (and, it, literally smells like death). People tell us that they don’t like the carns because they remind them of a funeral; because they’re cheap; because they’re unsophisticated; because they’re tacky; because they’re their grandma’s flower and/or, because they’re ugly.
Here though, well, we see them differently. We kinda love ’em, in fact. Here’s a few reasons why we’re really into them, actually:
-They make a gorgeous, frilly, arrangement when packed tight together. Plus, they last for a really long time–we’ve had them stay fresh, and beautiful, for two, solid, weeks before.
-The Latin name for them is Dianthus, which, literally, means, flower of the Gods.
-Carnations are often used as a flavoring agent in the manufacturing of beer, wine, and other alcohols.
-They’re also edible. (As you may have gathered from the above fact.)
-The majority of Carnations come from Columbia.
-Carnations have been cultivated for over 2,000 years. They were a garden flower in ancient Rome and Greece and are a perennial plant.
-They have a super long life span after being cut–they can last for up to two weeks in a vase.
-Their natural color is a purple-pink but they come in a whole slew of ‘manufactured’ colors. Here’s a quick color meaning guide:
White – Good luck or pure love. Perfect for a graduation gift, or for someone who is moving. (You can add food coloring to the water of fresh cut, white flowers, and they will turn that color in 24 hours.)
Pink – Unforgettable love. Especially for, and from, a mother.
Purple – Unpredictable or witty. These make a great birthday, or apology gift.
Light Red – Admiration. Give these to a new girlfriend, or even a sister.
Deep Red – Deep love and affection. These are a step up from the light red and are perfect for a serious relationship gift.
Yellow – Disappointment. Basically, give these if you have to give someone that you’re not crazy about, a gift.
Striped – Regret. Gift these beauties if you’re sending them to a funeral, or for an apology.
-If you’re still on the fence about the beauty of these beauties…check out these photos.
If you’re suddenly looking to order an arrangement featuring Carnations….we have this fun one on our website, named ‘Ol Skool. (It totally reminded us of something that we’d have been given back in high school…so, we named it accordingly. However, this arrangement, in high school, would have been purchased from the gas station, and assembled in something our Mom owned. 😉 We took it up a notch with huge, premium, long-lasting blooms, gorgeous greens, and a vase that’s all yours.) Click HERE to go to the arrangement on our website.