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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Growing Carnations


 This garden season I grew carnations. I purchased my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.


 I was very pleased at how well the carnations did and will plant them again next year.


 They smelled wonderful. The candy cane striped carnation smelled like cinnamon.


 I picked the following bouquet just before our last kill frost. The carnations opened in a few days. I was so happy to enjoy one last bouquet.

  
Still blooming in November! They are a very hardy plant and flower.  I did not cover them during a few of our early November frosts. They continued to bloom.


 A get well bouquet from The Little Garden That Could featuring carnations.


 Petite and Sweet


The fragrance of the carnation is lovely. I can not put in into words.
An easy flower to grow from seed. It is a slow growing flower. If you are set up to start seeds indoors, I would suggest to start indoors. I did have to wait until August for my first bloom.
Well worth the wait! A very hardy plant and flower, as it survived several frosts.

 
 

14 comments:

  1. I bought a carnation plant a few years ago and planted it in my garden. Truth be told, I was never a big carnation fan, but once that plant bloomed, I fell in love. What pretty flowers they are, so full of color and they come back, every year now for over five seasons!! Of course, they are red! ;)

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  2. They are gorgeous! So big, and so many buds. The candy cane is my favorite, I have never seen one like it before. Carnations are one of my favorite flowers. WHY is it that no one seems to grow them? I have never seen any in anyone's yard!

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  3. I have heard good things about Baker Creek. I am going to order their catalog. I planted a lot of tulips, crocuses, daffodils this fall. I have not planted carnations, now I want to after seeing your success, and especially that they bloom after frost. Your bouquets are lovely! Hugs to you today!

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  4. Those flowers are absolutely stunning!! From the photos, they look quite large! I have a brown thumb and can grow nothing! You, however, can grow anything and everything...so talented Carla and I just love them! Love and hugs!!

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  5. Wow, those are wonderful. I had good luck with pinks when I lived in Georgia and the hummingbirds loved them. I really love the fragrance of carnations.

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  6. Carnations are a very special flower. I love the scent, and they last for such a long time. I'm so glad you're growing them, Carla.

    ~Sheri

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  7. Lovely! I tried growing carnations one year and had limited success. They do have a fabulous scent. :)

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  8. Beautiful! I love the candycane striped one !

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  9. Love carnations! How pretty yours are. They do smell so wonderful. Just a light and fresh smell.
    Happy Friday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  10. Carnations have always been one of my favourites.
    Looking at your series of lovely photographs I can almost smell the gorgeous scent from here!

    All the best Jan

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  11. They are so beautiful, Carla! I especially love the Candy Cane color.
    And cinnamon scented? So neat! I should try and grow some next year :)

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  12. Such an old fashioned flower, but they have such an appealing scent. I remember my grandmothers growing beautifully scented fluffy mauve 'Pinks".

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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