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Dianthus/Carnation folklore.

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If you like Carnations and Dianthus I thought you might be interested to see what I found out about Carnations and Pinks ont tinternet..

Common name: Carnation
Botanical name: Dianthus caryophyllus Family: Caryophyllaceae (pink family)

Dianthus, its botanical name, means divine flower. Carnation was the flesh-pink colour Elizabethan portrait painters used as a background wash. Available in a huge range of colours, almost all except blue. Carnation blooms are edible. With petals pulled apart, they can be used to sprinkle color & spicy scent over the surface of a leafy salad, perhaps also with the addition of a few honeysuckle trumpets & nasturtiums. There are folklore’s associated with carnations, and one is supposed to be making a statement by the color of carnation one is wearing:
Carnation (pink) – I’ll never forget you….

Carnation (purple) – Capriciousness; whimsical; changeable

Carnation (red) – My heart aches for you; admiration

Carnation (solid color) -Yes

Carnation (striped)- No; refusal; sorry I can’t be with you; wish I could be with you

Carnation (white) -Sweet and lovely; innocence; pure love; woman’s good luck gift

Carnation (yellow) – Rejection; disdain

I hope you found it interesting….thanks for looking..x

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love this blog. i also love dianthus. love the scent of the old fashioned ones too.

6 Jun, 2012

 

Thankyou Sbg. I was a bit addicted to them last year and bought no end...lol. They flower over such a long period. I like the scent of some of them too.

6 Jun, 2012

 

They are lovely. Read today in my RHS book that June is the time to take Dianthus cuttings which apparently are easy to root. Take healthy non flowering shoots, place round edge of pot and put in shaded cold frame. I'll be doing mine tomorrow :)

6 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Dawnsaunt, I took some yesterday and today but potted them singly. I will take some more tomorrow and do as you suggest. :o))

6 Jun, 2012

 

We'll have to compare notes Homebird - the book says they should root in 3 to 4 weeks.

6 Jun, 2012

 

What an interesting blog HB. I love dianthus!!

6 Jun, 2012

 

Glad you thought so Sheila because I did. I can't wait for my new ones to flower so I can see what they are really like.

6 Jun, 2012

 

I can only get the mini Dianthus to grow here but I do love them all, thanks Hb, very interesting facts and lovely pics..

6 Jun, 2012

 

Very interesting Hb...Thanks for that...:>)

6 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks for sharing, I'm a great fan of pinks too x

6 Jun, 2012

 

love them, ineresting blog :o))

7 Jun, 2012

 

Every time I see carnations for some reason I think of the name used centuries ago which is Gillyflower. The gilly part of the word comes from France and originally Greek and is to do with the spicy clove-like quality of the petals that you have already described.

When spices were of greater value than they are today gillyflowers could be used as payment in some transactions.

7 Jun, 2012

 

I am glad you all found it of interest.Thankyou for looking Moti, Magnadoodle, Sanbaz and Inverglen..
Thanks Lincs, the minature ones are very pretty. I found that Dianthus prefer a soil with some limestone in it.
Thankyou for the very interesting info Inverglen. I like the sound of Gillyflower. I shall be calling them that every time I look at them now. I love to find the origins of plants and their names.

7 Jun, 2012

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