Known by millions for her Top 10 pop hits and her bold style of dress songstress Katy Perry also has some VERY specific tastes in flowers. The website TheSmokingGun recently revealed details of the starlet’s contractual demands for each U.S stop of her 2011 world tour.
Apparently Perry, like many celebrities, enjoys having fresh flowers in her dressing room. She is however very picky about the varieties and in fact goes as far as banning carnations altogether.
Perry’s contract specifies “White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies.” If those flowers are not available, Perry will accept a “selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids.” However, promoters are advised, “ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.” (the warning is underlined in the contract to presumably avoid any misunderstanding). Ahhhh the poor carnation, what did it ever do to deserve such disdain?
While Perry may not be a fan of carnations, many like myself and some of you are. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal leads me to believe that we are in good company when it comes to our fondness for this simple flower and that there is indeed a renewed interest in Carnations. The Wall Street Journal article lists a number of famous and fashionable figures that simply adore the the carnation, including Oscar de la Renta, Martha Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker. After all, whats not to love about the carnation?
In fact, in many parts of the world, the popularity of carnations surpasses that of any other flower including Roses!
Here a few facts about the beautiful yet sturdy flower……
- The flowers name is from an Old Italian word meaning complexion. The earliest Carnations bore flesh-coloured flowers, which gave rise to the name.
- Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried his cross.
- Traditionally worn by students sitting for an exam at England’s Oxford University (white carnation for the first exam, red for the last and pink for every exam in between).
- It is sometimes also referred to as “dianthus” (dios= god Zeus and anthos= flower), a scientific name given by the Greek botanist Theopharastus. Carnations are thus “The Flowers of God”