The original birthplace of the carnation is on the coast of the Mediterranean. The popularity of the flower goes back many centuries; for example, the Romans were already making wreaths and fresh eau de toilette out of carnations. The flower can also be regularly seen in religious paintings as a symbol of the Virgin Mary and to symbolize the suffering of Christ. The Latin name for the carnation is Dianthus, derived from Dios (God) and anthos (flower). That means that the carnation is a divine flower!
Colors and shapes of the carnation
Green, deep purple, dark red, fluorescent yellow, champagne, soft orange, salmon pink, white, or combinations of colors: the carnation offers a magnificent array of colors. But that’s certainly not the only remarkable thing about this flower. For example, are you familiar with the various shapes? There is carnation with a single flower, and there are spray carnations. The carnation also has eye-catching petals, with rounded, serrated, or fringed edges. So it’s no surprise that the carnation is a fantastic lead performer or support act in any vase.
Caring for carnations
- Make sure the vase is clean.
- Fill the vase with water and cut flower food.
- Remove the bottom leaves.
- Trim the stems.
- Keep carnations away from direct sunlight and ripening fruit.
The carnation symbolizes passion, longing, and romance. That’s why Renaissance painters in the 15th and 16th centuries chose this flower to appear in their engagement scenes. And nothing has changed in that regard: the carnation is still an appropriate gift for demonstrating passionate love. Or to revive the passion in your relationship. If that should be necessary…