Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Carnation: Flower of Love

The carnation's history dates back to ancient Greek. It was used in art. Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried his cross.

Carnations are flowers which are widely recognized by most people. They are classified as Dianthus caryophyllus, when translated, means “flower of love”.

Representing pride, beauty, admiration and gratitude, the carnation’s multilayered, feathery soft petals conceal a hardy core – an appropriate paradox for this first-month-of-the-year flower. Originally from Asia, today this winter birth flower is a richly colorful and fragrant gem.

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