Love them or hate them?

Another day, another article and the once highly unfashionable flower choice is back in fashion, quite literally! The Carnation has been splashed all over Oscar de la Renta's Spring-Summer 2011 catwalk. With beautiful dresses reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn with large red spray Carnations, de la Renta has really brought the Carnation to the forefront.

Models bloom at Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2011 show

Many florists would never touch a Carnation and until a few years ago I would have been the same, but I have found a new love for the Carnation. I'm not a huge fan of the spray carnation, prefering the standard variety and i'm not keen of some of the colours that are available or how the supermarkets put the colours together, which is no doubt why many people hate them, but florists have the "eye" for putting colours together and so can choose the "best of the bunch". There is a beautiful deep red Carnation called Clove and a fantastic green Carnation called Prado. I would recommend compacting the heads of standard Carnations together in a floral foam arrangement as their frilly petals and large heads cause great impact. Carnations are good value but be wary, when massing them a lot of heads are needed and so the price will increase quite rapidly.

Big Brother symbol created from Carnations and Gerberas by London florist Rebel Rebel

For one of the displays at The Spa Hotel's wedding fair in October, Broadview Florist made a massed cream Carnation cube vase arrangement and scattered Diamante crystals throughout. Many people commented on the arrangement saying how much they liked it and when told the flowers used were Carnations, most were shocked that their most hated flower, made a really beautiful arrangement. See what you think...