Like a Carnation, my Fragrant Cheeks blush and bloom with each thought Of You.
- Charmaine Chircop
The beautiful carnation is thought to be one of the oldest flowers in the world. It is commonly known as ‘The flower of the Gods’ from the flowers botanical name, Dianthus, which comes from a combination of the Latin words ‘dios,’ meaning gods, and ‘anthos,’ meaning flower.
It is easy to see why these flowers are so popular all over the world, with its pleasant fragrance and ruffle like appearance, they have a rich history filled with meaning and symbolism. The carnation is thought to have roots in Ancient Roman history. As the legend goes, after the Crucifixion of Christ, carnations appeared in the exact spots where Mary’s tears landed as she cried for the death of her son. Some people also say this is where the name of the flower comes from - ‘incarnation’.The carnation is traditionally the birth flower of January, so If someone you love has their birthday in this month, a bouquet of carnations could be the perfect gift.
This sweetly fragranced flower is sure to brighten up anyone’s birthday and ensure they know that you have truly thought about them. For something a little different, the carnation is also considered an edible flower, so you could even include their birth flower while decorating their birthday cake!So, we all know that carnations are beautiful, (that’s obvious!) but do you know which colour to choose? If you are thinking about choosing one of our beautiful carnation bouquets, one thing I would think about is which colour of carnation you pick. Each colour represents a different feeling or emotion, so it’s important the colour is right for the occasion. A red carnation is a symbol of deep love and affection for the person who receives them, so perfect for your partner or for Valentine’s day, to put it simply they mean ‘I love you!’.
A white carnation is a symbol of innocence and good luck, perfect for many occasions such as a housewarming gift or as centre pieces at a baby shower. You can always mix different colours of carnations to create stunning bouquets, for example a mixture of white and red carnations would be perfect for a Bride. The pink carnation is arguably the most famous and popular of the carnation colours and was the original colour of the petals. This colour represents a mother’s love, so a bouquet of pink carnations for Mothers’ days really is the perfect gift, showing that you have really put thought into your choice of flower. Pink carnations are also gifted and worn at Proms and other special events. Yellow carnations are a symbol of sadness and are often used during times of sympathy such as the loss of a loved one. Purple carnations, that come in shades from a lilac hue to a rich violet, are given as a symbol of success and opulence. In medieval times, purple was considered to be a rare colour, only available to those with money and power. Nowadays, the purple carnation could be gifted to someone who has just received a promotion at work or had similar successes. And finally, the green carnation is obviously perfect for St Patricks Day!
With a slight glow of early morning sunlight, a single flower-bud unfolds bright, from its green protective wrap, to serrated knap, revealing soft pink appealing velvet petals of a carnation, Mother's Love with a fresh spicy clove-like perfume coursing through benignly and at last, consume.
- Eve Roper
The carnation is such a versatile flower with a colour to suit every occasion. A beautiful flower to give as a gift, to adorn any event or occasion or to simply brighten up your home. There are so many occasions that carnations are perfect for, we have just listed a few here to give you some ideas and hopefully guide you to pick the perfect carnation for your loved ones.
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As bright thoughts flash through dull grief-laden day,
The red poinsettia raise its flag of hope!” Emily Bulcock, 1923
Pointsettia are synomymous with Christmas, and if you’re born in December the Poinsettia is your birth flower.
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