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The Flower of the Month: Carnation!

 

It’s May! And this month the vintage carnation takes centre stage. With its many forms and high quality look, it’s a flower to adore. Consumers can read all about this versatile flower on the Flower Council’s consumer sites, which you can find below. Introduce your customers to the delights of the carnation!

 

English: http://Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk/
Dutch: http://www.mooiwatbloemendoen.nl/
French: http://www.lajoiedesfleurs.fr/
German: http://www.tollwasblumenmachen.de/
 

carnation

Photo: Carnations, cleverly arranged!

Origins

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 wreathes 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 symbolise 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!

Colours and shapes

Green, deep purple, dark red, fluorescent yellow, champagne, soft orange, salmon pink, white or combinations of colours: the carnation offers a magnificent array of colours. But that’s certainly not the only remarkable thing about this flower. For example, are you familiar with the various shapes? There are 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.

Care tips for consumers

These care tips will enable you to enjoy your flowers for even longer:
 
• 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.

Symbolism

The carnation symbolises passion, longing and romance. That’s why Renaissance painters in the 15th and 16th century 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 were to be necessary…

Bouquet recipe with Carnations

Renaissance painters in the 15th and 16th century chose the carnation with love to appear in opulent paintings. A bouquet with these romantic, colourful flowers results in a blooming still-life you just can’t keep your eyes off.
 
What you need:
 
• Carnations
• Solidago (goldenrod)
• Spray carnations
• Lilac spray rose
• Salal (gaultheria)
• Phalaenopsis

More about the Carnation…

Consumers can also find special DIY craft projects involving the romantic carnation at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. That may be a fun tip to share! Find an extra special inspirational idea for a wedding party, birthday or other celebrations: we love this unusual wall decoration made out of balloons and carnations, for example!

Inspiration and information

Inspiring images of every flower in the Flower Agenda have been produced in line with the Horticulture Sector Trends 2017. These trends are a translation of what our consumers are interested in at the moment and are specifically aimed at the horticulture sector, for use both indoors and outdoors.
 

 

What is the Flower Agenda?

The Flower Agenda features fifteen flowers sorted by seasonal availability. The agenda tells consumers the story of the flower and offers inspiration along with beautiful images, with all the content formatted so that it can be easily shared via social media. Florists can, in turn, benefit from the added attention which the highlighted flowers receive from consumers. The Agenda is widely distributed and can be found by consumers on the websites mentioned at the top of this article.
 

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