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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Garden Tuesday; Protecting the Carnations

Not last year but the season before, the flower garden was filled with wispy carnations. (that's them in the back:)

By the time May arrived, the Red Petit Carnations that Marion “just had to have” were in full bloom.

And the others were just brimming to pop!

So, in June, pop they did!

This year I’m not taking any chances. Between the wicked weather and that “darling” rabbit, I figured it was high time I prepared with a vengeance.

In case you don’t know, Carnations, are my very best favorite flowers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all the flowers in the garden and most flowers in general. However, Carnations which also go by the name Dianthus, Pinks, or Gillyflowers, are the cream of the crop for me.

I have an assortment of Carnation plants on order from White Flower Farm but they haven’t arrived yet. So, when I saw a few plants at Lowes yesterday, I “just had to have them.” I bought two:)

I know, this one looks a bit “trapped” in its wire “cage” but, I’m not taking any chances. If you look real close, you may notice I’ve also sprinkled dried jalapeños in the cage. Just in case that rabbit tries to nibble at those tasty leaves, he/she will be in for a hot surprise! Not to worry, there’s plenty of other nibbles strewn throughout the garden but the carnations are off limits! I’m not going to be able to leave those “cages” on for very long but I figure I’ll leave them protected until I get back from Idaho:)

In medieval times, cooks used Pinks as food seasoning, sometimes they made conserves, other times they candied them. The flowers were preserved, made into vinegars, syrups, cordials and wines. At times, the flowers were made into a sauce for lamb or mutton while Tansy, a sort of sweet omelet, was also colored with pinks.

To make Syrup of Clove Gillyflowers
Clip your gillyflowers, sprinkle them with fair water, put them into an earthen pot, stop them very close, set them in a kettle of boiling water, and let them boil for two hours; then strain out the juice, put a pound and a half of fine sugar to a pint of juice, put it into a preserving-pan, set it on the fire, keeping it stirring till the sugar is all melted, but do not let it boil; then set it by to cool, and bottle it. The Complete Confectioner by Hannah Glasse

I found the neatest recipe for Pink’ Pears in The Miniature Book of Flowers as Food by Jane Newdick and Mary Lawerence, that I would like to share with this Garden Tuesday.

And just in case you have an over abundance of Carnations in your garden this year, there’s always Gillyflower Wine:)

To make Gilly-flower Wine: Take two ounces of dried Gilly-flowers, and put them into a pottle of Sack, and beat three ounces of Sugar-candy, or fine Sugar, and grinde some Ambergreese, and put it in the bottle and shake it oft, then run it through a gelly bag, and give it for a great Cordial after a weeks standing or more. You may make Lavender Wine as you do this.

Want to join Garden Tuesday? Just pop on over to Pam’s!

Happy Garden Tuesday everyone. I know the weather isn’t cooperating much today. Soon…:)

Resources
1. January 29th is Carnation Day (a previous post with lots of Carnation tidbits)

71 comments:

  1. Hello Louise, This is awesome recipe of pink pears, cant wait to try it. The name looks summerish and i am craving to have some. The carnations are gorgeous. we too are planting veggies and flowers around and now waiting anxiously for them to bloom ! regards, sonia

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    1. Hi Sonia!
      So nice to see you. You must be having such a good time planning a flower and vegetable garden in your new home. How exciting! I do hope you will be sharing the fruits of your labor:)

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  2. Hi Louise, wow.. wow... the flowers are really gorgeous and beautiful. Your carnation look so pretty and the colour is so sweet, love it. Excellent photography skill, 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice day, regards..

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Amelia:)

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  3. Hi Louise,
    Wow, your carnations in your garden are just lovely! And what a great tip with the dried jalapenos! I never did catch any culprit. Looks like it is a smart little one, whatever it is! I just hope that it would not start on my zucchini seedlings.
    You know I almost bought a book once on recipes for edible flowers. But seeing that I cannot get most of the flowers over here, I did not buy the book.
    I need to update my garden post soon and yes will link to Garden Tuesday!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Joyce!

      The carnations were so pretty I just had to buy them. The trick is keeping them alive:) I've also tried planting some seeds dfrom the other carnations I had growing in the garden. We'll see. I don't understand why you can't get most of the flowers that are used for edible dishes. You surely could grow some of them in your weather. Many herb flowers are edible too. I think the next time you see such a book you should buy it! You just never know:)

      I hope you do link up with Garden Tuesday. I can't believe you didn't nab that culprit! Keep him away from those zucchini seedlings:)

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  4. I think I tried carnations once and couldn't get them to any good for me. Yours are gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Pam,
      You should try them again. It took me a while to get the hang of growing Carnations. Most garden websites say they are hardy perennials but I have found bringing them in over the harsh days of Winter is better for them. When the Carnation seeds I planted come up, I'm going to bring them in when the weather gets cold next Winter.

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  5. I'm determined to outwit the rabbits and squirrels (those rascals steal tomatoes) this year. So I'm building big frames of that white PVC pipe you can get at Home Depot, and covering it with plastic fencing (kind of like plastic chicken wire). We'll see if it works -- those squirrels are crafty! Carnations are such a nice plant. Hope you outwit the rabbits!

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    1. I realize all the critters must harmonize with nature, John but, if we don't outwit those little rascals, what will there be left for them to eat! I wish I could plant a garden just for them and I would if they would promise to stay away the other plants, lol...Good luck with that PVC project! I'd be curious to know how it works!

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  6. Dear Louise,
    Beautiful post as usual! What a gorgeous color that Carnation is. I also like Carnations, they are so pretty, no matter what color they are. I love the photos of your flower garden from the previous years. You really had lovely flowers and colors. There is an art I understand to placing the flowers so they all combine the colors together. I read that once. Great idea using dried Jalapeños to keep away some furry friends. That book of flowers as food looks lovely. I do know that many recipes require you to add eatable flowers to the dish. I have never really tried them, but I love the recipe you posted. "Pink Pears" I am fond of pears and I really like this recipe. Thanks for sharing your love for flowers and a wonderful post. Blessings Dottie :)

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    1. It makes me so happy to know you enjoyed this post, Dottie. Sometimes I think if I didn't have a blog about food I would have one about herbs and flowers. However, since there are such wonderful visitors like yourself you enjoy both, I get to share them all in one place! Thank you so much for your kind words Dottie:)

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  7. I love carnations too! Thanks for sharing those great recipes!

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    1. I have a difficult time cooking with flowers sometimes Beth because they are just so pretty. Carnations have a spicy clove like taste that really goes well with those pears!

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  8. Oh Louise your garden is really lovely! those carnations are gorgeous! You have rabbits - we have deer - oh dear!
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary:)

      Thank you for your sweet words. It's so funny because I was just talking to my neighbor yesterday and he's telling me it isn't the rabbit eating the Carnations, it's the deer! I have not seen a deer in my yard, ever! Oh dear, lol...

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  9. Hey ~~Louise~~......great shots of the Carns!
    They are also an excellent cut flower...last for weeks on end....
    I bought some white Dianthus last summer...hope they made it thru the cold♥️
    This weather is kooky....raining buckets here!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. They do make great cut flowers, Linda. I like the florist Carnations the best but the smell of the clove like dianthus just sends me, lol...I hope yours made it through that crazy Winter too!

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  10. Dear Louise, The weather is cold today!!! I actually turned the heat back on and tonight perhaps flooding...oh, I certainly hope not! I brought all the little potted plants of veggies back inside. It is much too cold out there today and the wind is whipping. Well, perhaps tomorrow or the next day will be beautiful.
    I love pink carnations too.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. We've been turning the heat on here too, Catherine and it's May! It won't be long before you can put those veggies back outside Catherine; good Lord willing and the creek don't freeze!

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  11. Hi Louise,

    I'm a big fan of carnations too... The yellow ones remind me of my mum :D

    Having cuckoo weather??? Here too!!! Well, I guess it is autumn now so it is normal to be cold and rainy here in Melbourne :( Bad harvest this year! My nectarine and lemon trees were damaged by our super hot summer. No rabbits here... only bad bad summer and wet wet winter!!!

    Hope to see your garden blooming soon!!!

    Zoe

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    1. Sounds like your weather isn't much better than ours, Zoe. Except, we are suppose to be in Spring!

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  12. What a stunning garden, I am in love with your pink carnations :D
    And delicious spring recipes!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. Wow, I had no idea you could use carnations as a dye- and such a vibrant one at that. I hope you best that rabbit and get to enjoy your flowers this year.

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    1. Welcome Connie!
      I first learned about usuing Carnations as a dye in Girl Scouts, lol...That's many moons ago:) So far they are safe...Thank you so much for dropping by, Connie. Pop over any time...

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  14. Hi Louise, carnations are such lovely flowers...we have not grown them yet but love to have loads of them from the florist....especially the red ones are very vibrant....this pink poached pears looks amazing,thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. Hi Kumar,
      Florist or Garden I'll take Carnations any time, any day! Thank YOU for visiting...

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  15. Carnations were my grandmother's favorites as well. I've eaten nasturtiums... I was appalled when Nana plucked some from the garden and began munching!

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    1. Nasturtiums are delicious in salads, Channon. I remember you saying once that your grandmother loved Carnations. Me too!!!

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  16. Hi Louise , your garden was so gorgeous and this year it will even lovely . I love carnations they are so delicate and all the colors are beautiful . Good idea putting the jalapenos to keep the small animals away . The 'Pink Pears' I will have to try them sometime , they looks pretty and sounds delicious . Thanks for sharing and (((HUGS))) to you and Marion :)

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    1. It's getting there Nee but it sure has a way to go, lol...The kids will probably get a kick out of pink pears:)

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  17. What beautiful flowers Louise--I am sooo wanting (real) spring now. Who would have thought that Lowe's would have carnations! Now you'll just have extra beauty when your ordered plants arrive!

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    1. I was surprised to find Carnations at Lowes, Inger. I went back over the weekend for more and they were all gone!

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  18. Hi Louise, I love carnations too. The red carnations are lovely!! I hope the rabbits leave them alone for you!

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    1. Hi Dawn, So far no sign of the rabbit. I'm actually beginning to worry...

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  19. Carnations always remind me of middle school dances. I know most people hate them, but I think they're pretty.

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    1. Carnations seem to bring back lots of memeories, Ducky. Always good ones for me!

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  20. I didn't know about gillyflowers being carnations, in fact, had only heard of gillyweed, a wizard's plant in Harry Potter. The wizards made it into a drink.

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    1. Now I am going to have to find out if they are one in the same, Mae:) I guess it's possible..

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  21. to the best of my knowledge, i've never eaten anything made using flowers, but i could definitely be wrong. it does excite me that they can appeal to both the eye AND palate! :)

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    1. Not even stuffed zucchini flowers, Grace??? I have always been intrigued by edible flowers. There are many flowers that we eat that we don't even realize I suppose. I think broccoli may be an example:) I do think you would have fun exploring their uses:)

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  22. Your garden is beautiful and I love the carnations!

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  23. all look beautiful Louise! I love these carnations:))

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    1. Aren't they "purty" Gloria? I'm so glad you like them!

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  24. Beautiful carnations and dianthus (pinks). Did not know that dianthus (pinks) were edible. Waiting for mine to bloom.

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    1. Hi Norma and Welcome!

      They seem to be sitting pretty, Norma. No sign of the bunny yet, lol...

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  25. Beautiful! I really need to do some planting this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Pam. The way this weather is acting, you still have time, lol...

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  26. I can see that you're impatient for nice weather and flowers, too! Maybe after all the rain for the rest of this week, we'll start to get flowers. Maybe. On the plus side, "we" had to go for a blood test today, and my early cherry tree has blossomed! Hooray!

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    1. Not warming enough yet, Marjie, soon...The Cherry Blossoms are blooming here too!!!

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  27. They are certainly beauties, Louise. I am glad to be back and you are the third person, I have chosen to visit. I must catch up on your posts and see what I have missed here.

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    1. HI dear Chaya,

      It is so nice to "see" you. I hope you are doing well. I am so glad you dropped by. Don't worry about catching up Chaya. It's just wonderful to know you are feeling a bit better:)

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  28. I have never planted carnation...I love the pictures of the garden and the flowers...and did not know that they are edible flowers...
    Thanks for the uplifting post dear...hope you are having a wonderful week :D

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    1. So glad you enjoyed your visit Juliana...

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  29. Nice flowers. Now I know spring is in the air :)

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    1. It's a coming Lady Lilith. Eventually:)

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  30. You have such a beautiful garden. I love carnations.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  31. What gorgeous flowers Louise! I have never heard of gilly flowers before.

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  32. Oh my, Louise! All those beautiful flowers in yr garden. I am soooo envious!

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  33. Somehow, Carnations always remind me of Mother's Day & hospitals. No link between the two, but people tend to give carnations to their mothers & also when visiting friends at the hospitals. I wonder why? Is it the same practice over at your end?

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  34. I really love pinks and love to use them salad. At my old farmhouse, I had lots. I guess I need to plant some. Thank you for the reminder. Clarice

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  35. Loving seeing all the colors come alive with these flowers, sure cheers me up!

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  36. This makes me wish I had more flowers in my garden! Those pink pears are beautiful.

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  37. Me encanta las peras al vino y su maravilloso jardín de claveles,abrazos.

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  38. Just spent three hours in our gardens planting pollinator friendly flower seeds. I love your carnations. (White Flower farm is an awesome company.)

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  39. Beautiful post, Louise! I tend to grow dianthus more than actual "carnations" because here at least, they come back for longer and bloom more often. I do love them all though! Donalyn @TheCreeksideCook.com

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  40. Where did you buy the tall carnation plant?

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    1. I'm so sorry rocket man, I don't remember off hand.

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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