Considered by some to be cheap, tacky and outdated granny flowers, carnations have had a bad reputation when it comes to ‘modern’ flower arrangements over the years. But these gorgeous blooms have stood the test of time and are now back stronger than ever! And we love to use them here at Oleander!
Did you know that carnations are actually one of the oldest cultivated flowers in the world? Mostly grown in Europe and Asia, these pretty flowers have been used in everything from art, interior decor, wreaths, perfume and healthcare. Carnations also have a wealth of symbolism surrounding them, which is probably why they’re one of the most popular flowers for special occasions like Mother’s Day, weddings and birthdays.
We’re here to tell you that the perception that carnations are “cheap” or “tacky” is, in fact, out of touch with current style and floral trends! For a long time now in the flower world, carnations have been making a strong comeback, and here’s why:
They have a rich history - carnations have been around for thousands of years.
There are many colour hues to choose from, and nearly every shade holds a particular meaning, including love, devotion, friendship and gratitude.
They’re affordable - you get more for your money!
Their stripes, shades and ruffles are just so darn delicate and pretty.
They’re sturdy and long-lasting, and if that’s not a message you want to impart to a loved one, we don’t know what is!
The official birth month flower of January, the most popular flower for wedding celebrations in China, and the official 1st wedding anniversary flower (take note if you’ve recently tied the knot!) carnations are clearly loved by many the world over. Their fascinating history, spanning 2,000 years, title as the ‘flower of the gods,’ and all the reasons listed above have ensured these gorgeously fluffy blooms have stood the test of time and continue to do so. They definitely deserve a permanent spot in our cooler!
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