Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The beleaguered carnation

One of the vendors at the Boston Flower Exchange who grew up accompanying his florist grandmother to the market, wistfully told me about the 'early days' when growers in Massachusetts would bring in buckets of carnations and the whole market smelled of clove.

Smelled of clove.  Can you imagine?  Maybe the local nursery will be selling Pinks and one can purloin that deep scent of clove by dropping one's face into the plant for a moment of joy.  Or spray on Etro's Dianthus, or Caron's Ballodgia.

So what happened to those almost mythical days of scent?   I'm afraid it was the penchant for the lasting power of the poor carnation who still gives her all in FTD coffee cups and stands in the hot sun at the cemetery, forgotten and holding out long after the Oasis dries out in the funeral basket.

Yes, the carnation is making a comeback in high-end, beautifully arranged vases by floral designers who know how to use them.  She is a beauty, even without scent.

But, customers who ask 'please no carnations' are justified in their dislike of them by their experience of how they've been used in the past.




I'm going to grow them next year and give customers an old fashioned fragrance experience that will last long…but not too long.  Who knows?  Maybe someday they'll again be as beloved as the sweet pea .

8 comments:

farm buddy said...

I like carnations! I used to get my mom red and white carnations for Valentine's Day! I like them better than roses....no prickers!

Jen said...

Exciting--I think it's a great idea. Carnations also got abused by being dyed weird colors. Love the illustration.

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

They don't deserve their tarnished reputation. The fragrance is divine and those really beautiful super ruffly carnations are quite stunning. xx

Amelia said...

Oh Bless you for trying to bring them back!I will admit a few years back I poo poohed them but quickly found the error of my ways, they last forever for crying out loud! What on earth is wrong with that? I agree with Jennifer, maybe those odd ubiquitous green ones during St Paddy's just killed it. Can't wait to see what you do with them :)

Shivanya Mathur said...

Carnation designs are awesome. I really like it. Perfectly suits for the special occasions.
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Manuel Jimeno said...

A veces a los claveles no les damos el valor que merecen estas flores, pero es tiempo de que las floristerías usemos los claveles para todo tipo de eventos.

Manuel Jimeno said...

A veces a los claveles no les damos el valor que merecen estas flores, pero es tiempo de que las floristerías usemos los claveles para todo tipo de eventos.