January's birth flower is the carnation, which I am super excited about because I just started making sugar carnations and I'm really happy with how they're turning out.
But less about me and more about the flowers, ok? Ok.
Carnations come in so many different colors and can be incorporated into so many designs and with countless other flowers. And in "the language of flowers," the different colors of carnations can have different meanings. Some popular ones include:
- Pink: affection
- Red: love
- White: innocent love (love again!) :)
- Purple: whimsy
- Yellow: disappointment
- Variegated: unrequited love
Other meanings attributed to carnations include love, fascination, and distinction. Sensing a theme? Like any good wedding flower, carnations are a powerful symbolism of love. Although you tend to see them in bridal bouquets more than on cakes, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from adding carnations to your wedding cake! They are considered edible, so long as you're getting organic flowers not treated with pesticides. Another option of course is to use sugar carnations on your cake.
I learned a few other interesting tidbits about the carnation, like that it's also called Clove Pink or Gillyflower (Harry Potter reference, maybe?) and that carnations are traditionally given on Mother's Day and on the first wedding anniversary. It's the official state flower of Ohio (maybe include carnations as a subtle nod to your/your partner's love of Ohio State?) and the symbol of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of 1974.
Maybe shy away from the yellow carnations, though? Unless you want to start the rumor mills spinning with gossip about the yellow carnation's association with disappointment! Although this isn't the Victorian era any more, so you probably don't have too much to worry about!