Friday, January 2, 2015

The Carnation ... January's Birth Flower

Can you believe it?   Another year gone, and a new one's just begun.  Happy Birthday to all January babies!

I thought a mixed bouquet of carnations, your birth flower, would be a fitting gift! Carnations  may look fragile because of their delicate ruffled petals and long, slender stems, but they are surprisingly sturdy and long lasting. The flowers vary in shades of pinks, reds, yellows, purples, white and even striped petals. They are also fragrant, possessing a slightly sweet, spicy scent comparable to cloves.  The color of a carnation also has a special significance.

red signifying love

white representing devotion

pink ... symbol of motherly love and widely used in Mother's Day flower arrangements

Be wary. Purple signifies a fickle or temperamental mood

Yellow, sadly, implies disappointment and rejection

and a striped carnation? Again, rejection or even regret.

Whatever their color or significance, Carnations are the flowers that celebrate the birth of January's child.

Happy Birthday

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