This year, we are highlighting a new flower every month; Birth Month Flowers! The symbolic and legendary meanings of flowers dates back to the Elizabethan era, but it was the Victorians who actually assigned simple messages to individual flowers. Flower Language was Introduced to the Swedish court in 1714 by Charles II, and the Victorian mode of flower language spread quickly throughout Europe. The Flower of the Month for January is Carnation.
Carnations, of the Genus Dianthus, are often an overlooked or even despised flower. Seen as “cheap” or “traditional” some may not choose to include these flowers into their arrangements. However, I encourage the latter; try some new varieties and colors of carnations to brighten up any arrangement. They are one of the most durable and long lasting flowers with a long and sturdy stem and dense flower clusters performing long after many other cut flowers. The exact origin of this flower is unknown as it has been cultivated for over 2,000 years, but is thought to have hailed from the Mediterranean Region. Carnations as well as being the birth month flower for January are also known as the First Anniversary Flower.
The meaning behind these flowers is said to represent many things including pure and true love, good luck, purity, femininity, and motherly love. While carnations come in neutral and solid colors, there are also many varieties of variegated, mottled, and kaleidoscope colors. Being the most produced flower in the world, Columbia being the highest producer of horticultural cut flowers, it is indeed a gem to rediscover.