Van Coleman

Ashland, United States

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“Dianthus caryophyllus”
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The beautiful Carnation is one of the world’s oldest flowers, which can be traced back some 2,000 years ago! Scientifically, the Carnation, whose botanical name is known as “Dianthus caryophyllus,” is historically rich and quite meaningful; to the Greeks, Romans, and Christians it has been a significant flower choice, and it has been revered for centuries.
With its scientific name “dianthus,” translated to mean “FLOWER OF THE GODS” or “FLOWER OF LOVE,” this striking flower is one that has been revered for centuries.
One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, the Carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period, which may last from early Spring to late Summer.
The Carnation’s history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, when it was used in art and décor. Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried His cross!!

Carnations in these early times were predominantly found in shades of pale pink and peach, but over the years the palette of available colors has grown to include red, yellow, white, purple, and even green.
Throughout so many centuries of change, the popularity of the carnation has remained undiminished. The fact that the carnation continues to endure is a testament to its vast appeal.
The meanings of carnations include fascination, distinction, and love. Like many other flowers, different messages can also be expressed with the flower’s different color varieties. In the early part of the 20th century, Carnations became the official flower of Mother’s Day, in addition to finding particular significance in many other cultures worldwide.
To this day, the beauty of the Carnation continues to captivate people everywhere. In fact, in many parts of the world, the popularity of Carnations surpasses that of any other flower, including roses! The powerful sentiments these flowers express are a perfect compliment to their classic beauty and long-lasting freshness.
By retaining its status as a floral mainstay for such a long time, the Carnation has proven itself to be a favorite flower of people all around the globe!

For more information on CARNATIONS, please go to:FLORAPEDIA

Photo is “straight from the camera” with no digital altering of any kind, and this image was shot in natural color and light in RAW format. Taken with my Canon DSLR EOS 40D camera.

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