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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.



  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! ;)

  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!

  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!

  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!!

  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.

  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.


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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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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