We think that it's impossible not to love pinks (the flowers, although the colour is lovely too) we use them almost daily in our arrangements, for flower jugs, posies and wedding bouquets.
They are often associated with all things classic, the freshly cut flowers straight from your cottage garden, we think these little beauties are sometimes under-appreciated or just misunderstood.
The difference between carnations and pinks often causes much discussion. Years ago it was determined on the basis that carnations flowered for longer under glass, but could not be overwintered outside.
Pinks, on the other hand, given good drainage, were tougher, but only flowered once, during the summer months. Another difference is that Carnations are long-stemmed with substantial blooms while Pinks are relatively short-stemmed with smaller more dainty blooms.
In short pinks are scented seasonal delightful blooms that we absolutely love. Pinks were prized by the ancient
Greeks who actually created the name Dianthus, meaning God’s or Zeus’s flower, but they have also been known by other names.
Chaucer, wrote about them in the mid 14th century calling them ‘girofle’ meaning clove, and though you don’t often hear that name today, you can still sometimes hear them referred to as ‘gillyflower’. They have everything.
They are good for cutting, flower for long periods, are attractive to bees and butterflies and are slug and rabbit resistant. Here they are forming part of one of our large Bridal Bouquets; Unfortunately their reputation has been somewhat tarnished by their popularity in super markets and petrol stations, this means that people are used to seeing dyed, conditioned and sometimes modified Pinks on sale.
These are unnaturally uniform, come in a large range of colours and look fresher than fresh.
HOWEVER. Our Pinks are completely natural, 100% British grown not dyed or modified in any way, from the field to your arrangement.
They do look different to the supermarket ones, they have individual shapes and colours or little imperfections but that doesn't mean that they aren't fresh. Because of their unique ruffled texture they can look slightly wilted even when they aren't.