Did you know that a carnation is like a clean canvas, with a remarkable ability to “drink” any color in which its stem is submerged?
In François Trauffaut’s film Bed & Board, Antoine Doinel, played by Jean-Pierre Léaud, dyes carnations in vibrant tones as a profession. He works out of a courtyard set up with green metal garden tables and enamel flower buckets (the kind you only find in France in the 1960s and 70s).
This made us wonder at Gardenista: Why do so many people loathe carnations? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Above: The process of dyeing the flowers takes place in an enamel bucket (for similar buckets see: Design Sleuth: French Enamel Buckets). Photograph via Cinema Burn.
Above: Like the carnation, Limonium (also known as statice, sea lavender, or marsh rosemary) in white, takes up dye as well. These multi-colored stems are seen in the loft of fashion director Massimo Cannavacciuolo in Milan. Photography by Marco Annunziata for Freunde von Freunden.
So, carnations: friend or foe?
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