January is the coldest month of the year, no wonder carnations are the official flower for this month, with their bright blooms and sugary sweet scent. There are several theories about how the carnation got its name. Some believe that it comes from the word coronation because it was used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others believe the name originated from the myth of Diana, the goddess of the hunt. Hmmm, kings and hunters, I’m liking both ideas. Just sayin’. . ..
Either way, carnations are bright flowers that add a welcome pop of color to any room. Want to enjoy the brightness of carnations all year? Visit my small works gallery to see my latest paintings inspired by the carnation.
Carnation fun facts:
- According to a Christian legend, carnations grew from the Virgin Mary’s tears as she watched Jesus carry the cross. This is how they became associated with motherly love.
- In the Netherlands, white carnations are worn to remember veterans and the country’s resistance to World War II.
- In France, purple carnations are the traditional funeral flower.
- In some countries, red carnations are worn on May Day to symbolize socialism and the labor movement. Oh my . . ..
- Many artists were fond of painting carnations including Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent.
Here’s to celebrating carnations, and to the promise of spring color ahead.