The great carnation comeback: Why the frilly flowers are having a moment
'Fun' flowers: Peach and pink carnations
Dyed lurid shades and used to pad out cheap bouquets, carnations for a long time have been thought of as ‘last resort’ flowers.
However, this spring it seems the little blooms could be staging a comeback. In this month’s issue of Tatler, shoe supremo Manolo Blahnik reveals his passion for the frilly flower.
‘Most people think carnations are a common, vulgar, petrol station flower. But I think they are fun and they grow all over Sicily,’ he said.
He’s not alone. Hot new designer Mary Katrantzou used thousands of carnations on her catwalk, and even U.S. domestic queen Martha Stewart is a fan, growing her own to use in her floral creations.
Diana Maya, who runs a ‘Supermarket Surprise’ course at the Jane Packer Flower School in London, where she provides tips on making the best of a lacklustre bunch, says the humble carnation is having a moment.
Flower power: Carnations are a feature in Mary Katrantzou's latest designs
‘Carnations are a great fashion flower. They can be grown in different colours and work best in monochromatic arrangements. This spring, look for pale pistachio greens and creamy peach shades,’ she says.
‘Group three stems to create little pom poms in a mixed bouquet or use just carnations for a bold statement. They are tough flowers, so you can use your fingers to open up the petals. Add a tiny dash of bleach to the water and they can last three weeks.’
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