Carnations, The Red Headed Step Child of the Flower World.  I can say that because I too am a red head.

When sitting with brides discussing flower options for their bouquets I have often bought up the carnation and it’s pretty much the 80 / 20 rule. 80% of the people don’t like them and 20% say “I’m OK with carnations. So if you are that 20%, move on to another blog, this blog is for the 80% that treat carnations like the red headed step child of the flower world. And I realize that of the 80% of you, I’ll be lucky if I can get 20% of you to change your mind. By now I think you can tell I love carnations, and here are a few reasons why.

Budget, budget budget….Did I mention how budget-friendly carnations are?

Color options – did I say color options? If you are really feeling open minded about carnations go to That website has 233 different hues of standard carnations and 109 different hues of mini carnations. I dare you not to find at least one carnation that you will love.

It also plays well with other flowers in a corsage or centerpiece.

Roses, stock and yes, carnations!

Holds her own just fine!

Kind of tricky to tell… cool is that carnation? She’s called Green Trick.

Yes, these are carnations – really, they are! Enjoy the view!