So often I hear people say 'NO carnations/chrysanthemums/(insert any 'granny' flower name here) - I HATE them!!'
What now?! Firstly I don't get the concept of HATING a flower; I realise people have their preferences, but come on - hate is a pretty loaded word! I'm not really sure exactly what a flower could do to warrant those kinds of feelings towards it, but in any case, I really think people need to look beyond what is 'beautiful' and 'in fashion'.
Like all things, flowers' popularity comes and goes with changes in society. Take baby's breath for example. Immensely popular in the 80's - out of favour (and seen as a 'cheap filler') in the 90's and early 00's - to now being so back in vogue that its rare to do a wedding without it. Carnations - beautifully scented and popular back in the mid century, to becoming another 'dreaded' cheap filler from the 90's to, well, now... because they're making a comeback and they're as stunning as ever!
Carnations are native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region and have been cultivated since the 1400's. They come in so many different colours and varieties, often have a beautiful scent and are just simply perfect - and not at all worthy of so much disdain.
Baby's Breath (gypsophila) was used in nearly every arrangement ever during the 80's (looking back on baby photos of myself, all I see are the arrangements in the background full of the stuff!) and is a large family of plants (related to carnations if you would believe!) native to Eurasia, the Mediterranean and Australia. Although it's popularity dropped massively during the 90's and early 00's, it is definitely back in vogue for the forseeable future with the trend of 'rustic/vintage' and DIY weddings. Although personally, I think to get the best effect when using gyp is to use it en mass as opposed to scattering it amongst other flowers. It's more modern :)
Pampas grass is another beautiful and very underrated foliage that has very recently made a huge comeback. Popular in the 70's as a front yard plant, but since then seen as a noxious weed due to the ease of which it spreads, it's back again and is perfect in large, statement arrangements or pulled apart and smaller pieces used in posies & bouquets.
I hope to see more 'granny' flowers making a comeback, the more old school the better! So before you say that you HATE a flower, take a good look at it and appreciate it for what it is. A small token of natures beauty.