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Carnation – The Official Flower of Mother’s Day

May 3rd, 2015

Did you know that carnations bloom in almost every color of the rainbow except blue?

It’s Official

The scarlet carnation is the official state flower of Ohio, the national flower of Spain, and – it is the official flower of Mother’s Day! Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day (1914) and chose the carnation because it was the favorite flower of her mother.

Pink Carnations Connote Gratitude

There are over 300 species and they been cultivated for over 2,000 years, but their history goes back even further. Different colors of carnations connote different emotions: for example dark red carnations are associated with love, white carnations with purity, pink carnations with gratitude.

Edible and Drinkable

Not only are carnations edible, but their petals are used to make Chartreuse. So as a creative idea this Mother’s day you can put the petals into ice cubes and serve very pretty drinks. Because they are edible they are used for decorations in salads and cakes.

Carnations, Chartreuse and a Kiss

Why not pull this all together and give Mom beautiful carnations (remember pink connotes gratitude, red, love); a bottle of Chartreuse and a loving kiss. Be sure to explain the history of the regal carnation. We are sure she will be impressed.

And right now all flowers are 50% off– there is still time to order your gorgeous bouquet of carnations for Mom.

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