a flower for january
The clove-scented carnation, a beautiful sturdy flower, has been grown for more than 2,000 years, its botanical name is dianthus carophyllus, from the Greek dios (referring to Zeus),
and anthos (flower), so it is a “flower of the gods.” Carophyllus means pink.
The early specimens bore flesh colored blooms and the common name carnation is from old Italian for complexion, and the warm skin tone in fine painting.
|the Madonna of the Carnation, Leonardo Da Vinci image source: wikipedia|
Carnations are also often called "pinks." The name pink comes from the fact that the flower petals resemble the jagged edge cut into fabric using pinking shears that prevents unraveling.
Purchase and place Carnations when buds are half open and just beginning to show color
and they will reward you with a fine, fluffy display for days and days.
pink photos courtesy photomorgue, the public image archive for creatives by creatives