I have never been a huge fan of carnations. They are so common, and boring and cheap! Then I learned I could have peonies on my carnation budget! These carnation turned peonies are absolutely gorgeous!
My sister got married over the weekend! It has been fun planning the wedding and spending time together getting everything ready! She was a beautiful bride and had an amazing day.
A few months ago I went with my sister and my mom to start working on the wedding plans. One of the stops was the florist to talk about flowers (obviously, that’s what florists talk about). My sister told the florist she really loved peonies. That was a problem because peonies are super duper expensive. You see we have Cadillac taste, we just can’t stomach the price. So…we asked the florist what else she had around.
She rooted around in her coolers and buckets of flowers and came back with a bunch of carnations. We all turned up our noses and said, “NO carnations!” That’s where we draw the line!
The florist reassured us she knew a little trick to turn these carnations into a gorgeous flower we would love. See, the top carnation is the one I did the “trick” to. The bottom carnation is, well, a carnation, the kind we turned our noses up to.
Here’s the trick…take a pocket knife. Stick the blade into this part of the flower (the green part that connects the blossom to the stem. The part the holds the blossom all together). Cut clear from the top to the bottom. Stop at the part that attaches the stem. Only cut through the green part.
Use your fingers to “fluff” the flower out. Since cutting the stem part the blossom has a little more breathing room and can spread out.
Keep fluffing it until it looks the way you want it to. It’s kinda like fluffing the Christmas tree or a wreath. Easy enough right?
At church, on Mothers Day, the kids sang to their Mothers. Then the kids gave their Mom’s a carnation. My two littlest stood by the other kids but didn’t sing. Singing flower songs is for girls. They did give me the flower though! The church gave me some of the leftover flowers too! I brought them home and turned them into beautiful peonies! I’m especially in love with the variegated ones.
Sometimes I buy flowers for myself. Yup, I do. They make me happy, even if I have to buy them for myself. I grab a bunch at the grocery store. Next time you are buying milk grab a bunch of carnations and turn them into beautiful peonies!