Budget Blooms: The Case for Carnations

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I love fancy peonies and free-spirited snapdragons, fragrant phlox and happy daisies. But over the past few months, I've come to appreciate a less popular bloom — the carnation.

I like to buy myself flowers from the grocery store a few times a month. Lately I've had good luck finding very full, ruffly carnations that are nothing like the meager baby pink ones you tend to associate with the blooms. I've found some in a buttery white and others in a rich beet-y shade.

The best part is that these flowers have lasted about 3 weeks (with regular water changes). Considering that each bunch costs me $4, that works out to cost less than a quarter per day. So if you've always avoided carnations in the past, maybe it's time to give them a second chance.

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(Image credits: Kim R. McCormick)

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