Posted on Sep 17, 2021 46
Clove flowers, which have nothing to do with the spice of the same name, are widespread in many countries. They became popular centuries ago, and new varieties of them are being bred even nowadays. Not even the most experienced gardener can care for cloves, which is partly why they are so common in private gardens.
- In Portugal, this flower became a symbol of the overthrow of the military dictatorship. It was its bouquets that decorated the streets and clothing when the military regime fell.
- The carnation was one symbol of the revolution in Austria, France, and Russia.
- One variety of carnation changes color during the day. In the morning it is white, then pinkish, and in the evening it becomes dark pink. It was bred artificially.
- Cut flowers of carnation easily absorb dyes and at the same time do not fade for a long time. Therefore, a variety of their colors can be found on sale.
- In France, cloves became popular after the Crusades. The reason for its popularity was that it was believed that a decoction of this plant helped defeat an epidemic that spread among the French crusaders in Tunisia.
- The carnation was a favorite flower of the famous German poet Johann Goethe. He considered it a striking symbol of fortitude.
- In conservative medieval Spain, young girls used carnations of different colors pinned to their clothes to signal their admirers, with whom they could not speak in public.
- In some European cultures, these flowers were endowed with the ability to protect a person from trouble. That is why they were often pinned on the chests of soldiers going to battle.
- In Belgium, carnations used to be considered a flower for the common people, while in France only the nobility could use them.
- According to the rules of etiquette, bouquets of carnations can be given to both women and men.
- The carnation has always been popular in the Soviet Union. It became one symbol of victory in the Great Patriotic War.
- There are now about 350 varieties of cloves in the world. New varieties are registered even now, and the Royal Horticultural Society in London deals with this.
- According to an ancient Greek legend, carnations appeared when the goddess of hunting, Artemis, was enraged by a failure, accused a shepherd who was playing a whistle of scaring away all the game with his music, and she plucked out his eyes, which became the first carnations. So in Greece, these red flowers symbolize the blood of the innocent.
- Breeders work so actively with carnations, among other things, because their different species are very easy to interbreed with each other.