Flakes and Bizarres has me squirming as it could possibly be descriptive of my sporadic dating life. When one adds in Piccotees we are talking about Dianthus or carnation varietals. This is a relief because I’m not quite ready to write that other blog entry. Carnations have a bad reputation and I don’t mean the naughty, slightly wild good kind of bad reputation. I’m in agreement when confronted with the my man has enough testosterone to send flowers to, note the white carnation head on that beer.
Santa Venetia Middle School memories also surfaced of the long stem red and white variety. Valentine’s Day, a fundraiser for something, the popular kids could and did send the other popular kids a single carnation which naturally would be delivered during class. While I had ingenuity to end up in the director’s office of Marin Ballet for tormenting my best friend’s twin sister I had not thought to coordinate with her on the sending of said long stem beauties to each other thus in a round about way raising our social status. Note, my second best friend at the time was the school librarian.
And if that’s not enough Katy Perry when embarking on her World Tour 2011 said “no carnations” when it came to her requested pink dressing room decor.
The point of delving into all of the above is that I adore old fashioned varietals of Dianthus so named by the Greek botanist Theophrastus. I like to visualize him strolling through a fragrant garden wrapped in his toga, Crocs on his feet. They were made of leather in those days. It felt like a forever wait to see my Chomley Farran bloom. Really just over a year ago not realizing that I was at the rare plant table I picked up three of those plants, parted with $38.85 plus tax and went home to bide my time.
The Chomley Farran falls under the varietal Bizarre and according to Annie’s Annuals they were popular during the 1700’s – 1800’s. More currently, perhaps something to do with the floral industry carnations have been assigned symbolic value. A mixed hue carnation has associations with unrequited love. They are a bi-color smoky lavender with streaks of hot pink with a faint spicy clove scent. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.
I’m having fun with them as a cut flower. Annie’s website currently says that this plant is not available but I do know that they have other varietals that I will soon be adding to my garden.