In a certain episode of Sex & the City, Carrie was being courted by a boy. He stood knocking at her door holding a bunch of pink carnations. Not orchids, not roses, not some super-modern arrangement of 3 stick -like reeds. He brought her carnations. #3 on the cruddy flower hierarchy, just below dandelions and any flower that’s been dyed blue.
And Carrie loved them.
It was at that moment I truly loved Carrie. You see, I’ve always had a thing for the humble carnation. The cruddy carnation if you will.
They last forever, they come in beautiful colours and they don’t take too many to fill up a big vase. A Mr. Big vase. HAH!
I was looking for something low and old-fashioned this week. For under $20. Carrie would approve I’m sure. Unless she saw the green crocs I was wearing while arranging them. Then I’m pretty sure she would scowl right after vomitting.
Fill a vessel of choice with water
Grab yourself 2 bunches of carnations
tie the stems together with an elastic. i'm using a blue one just so you can see it.
this is what they'll look like from the top
Lets look at those again. Seriously? How pretty are those? What's not to like I ask?
pull your vase to the edge of your counter. Line your flowers up along the outside of the vase so you know how short to cut the stems.
Cut your stems a little longer than you think you need them. keep trying them in vase and cutting the ends until they're the right height.
please don't be afraid to cut the stems. they'll grow back. well, no they won't but still ... don't be afraid to cut the stems.
here's a tip ... use clear hair elastic bands to bind your stems. Then you won't seem em.
plunk into Mr. Big and fluff the flowers around with your fingers until you like em. Of course if you hate carnations you may be fluffing for quite some time.
There you have it. A somewhat updated version of the old-fashioned carnation.
This one's for you Carrie.