Give Them a Chance :: carnations

In the words of Tori Spelling from her new book celebraTORI “Give carnations a chance!”. Tori, I couldn’t agree more! For some reason carnations have had a bad rep but I’ve always had a love for them. I use them to decorate my bathroom or my desk. They are inexpensive and can be used as great fillers with other flowers in a bouquet or simply on their own. This sweetly scented flower’s original natural colour is bright pinkish-purple, but cultivars of other colours, including red, white, yellow and green, have been developed.

Some fun facts about carnations*:

  1. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection.
  2. White carnations represent pure love and good luck, while striped carnations symbolise regret that a love cannot be shared.
  3. Purple carnations indicate capriciousness. In France, it is a traditional funeral flower, given in condolence for the death of a loved one.
  4. In France and Francophone cultures, carnations symbolize misfortune and bad luck.
  5. Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. The pink carnation is the symbol of a mother’s undying love.
  6. Carnation is the birth flower for those born in the month of January.
  7. The formal name for carnation, dianthus, comes from Greek for “heavenly flower”, or the flower of love.

{images via Martha Stewart, Wikipedia and Wallcoo}

I also want to send a shout-out to Martha Stewart for having an entire section on carnations in her summer issue. Thank you Martha!

Max xoxo

{*information gathered from Wikipedia}


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