Anyone who knows me and/or has seen me around carnations knows I hate them with a burning passion! Their stems break very easily and when you only have a certain number of carnations to work with and you need all of them to have long stems, it’s a huge inconvenience. When I think of carnations I think of the over usage in corsages, funeral work and in horrible table arrangements (including the arrangement above which I have included from my own personal collection of class room horrors). Some exceptions to this traditional flower is when it is taken apart and the individual pedals are strung on a wire and either used as a hair piece or using multiple long strands to make a back drop for an event.
When it comes to roses I love a really bright bouquet of high magic roses, and a huge bouquet of David Austin Garden roses will make any girls day! However it makes me sick when Valentine’s Day rolls around and yet again we have men calling our shops asking for a dozen red roses! Florists are sick of the combination and most girls would rather get a bouquet of different types and colours of flowers!
When it comes to blue flowers, there aren’t that many naturally blue flowers nonetheless flowers that look good in the colour blue, and with more and more brides choosing to use blue and high school girls wanting to use it for their senior prom it becomes more and more difficult to give them the truly blue flower they want. The only true blue flowers are; blue thistle, delphiniums, some Larkspur (more of a blue tone really), and a blue hydrangea although sometimes for commercial use they are stem dyed or spray painted blue (with a special floral paint please do not try with normal spray paint!!). There are dendrobium orchids that are stem died blue and look as natural as you could possibly stem dye a flower. However when I walk past the subway flower stalls in Toronto and see all those spray blue roses it makes me want to hurl! Very often it’s hard on petals of the rose and tend to weaken it, as well it’s very hard to get a perfect paint job without any finger prints or drip marks which makes the rose less attractive in my own opinion.
When you buy flowers from a florist you would expect them to know what they are doing and have full confidence in them that they are going to give you the best bouquet they can possible give you within your budget right? Well some florists clearly don’t. For example, a large online flower company with many stores may offer a very large arrangement of tulips and irises but what the customer actually gets is a very sad looking not well arranged clump of tulips and irises. This is the kind of thing that makes people re-consider sending flowers.