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Red Carnations

Red Carnations
Light red carnations, are often used to convey admiration, whereas the dark red version expresses deeper sentiments of love and affection.  Red carnations mean "My Heart Aches For You," "I hold you in esteem" and "I respect and admire you."   In the early part of the 20th century, carnations became the official flower of Mother's Day in addition to significance in many other cultures worldwide.  It is customary to wear red carnations on Mother's Day if your mother is living.

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Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations
Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross and The Virgin Mary shed tea at Jesus' plight and carnation sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus, the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother's undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by emblem of "Mother's Day," now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May. A red carnation may be worn if one's mother is alive, and a white one if she has died.

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White Carnations White Carnations
White carnations convey pure love and good luck, lovely, innocence and sweetness.   White carnations represent the purity of weddings as well as the endurance of motherhood.  On Mother's Day, it is customary in many countries to wear white carnations out of respect for a deceased mother.  By retaining its status as a floral mainstay, white carnations have proven to be long-lasting flowers in more ways than one.
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Yellow Carnations Yellow Carnations
In the past, Yellow carnations indicate you have disappointed someone and are a sign of rejection. However, today many people would smile and their faces would light up after receiving a bouquet of sweet-smelling, sunny yellow carnations. Some carnation varieties are grown outdoors, but many are greenhouse plants.  Yellow carnations are not as common as other colors but possess their own warm, individual beauty.
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Purple Carnations Purple Carnations
Purple Carnations covey capriciousness that means the sender is being unpredictable or whimsical.  Purple carnations are not as prevalent as pink, red, white and mixed carnations, but a large bouquet of these sweet, long-lasting flowers would delight any recipient.  Purple carnations possess a charm and allure that would captivate anyone for a fun-loving occasion or just to cheer someone up.  
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Mixed Carnations Mixed Carnations
Mixed Carnations can convey a variety of feelings. These delicate, durable and delightful flowers can be mixed to create the prefect sentiment. A bouquet of mixed carnations have long been a favorite of florists. They can come in a variety of colors and are great for cut-floral arrangements and bouquets. Or, a mixed arrangement of red and white carnation can let someone know they are respected and loved. Mixed carnations last a long time and would be a sweet-smelling gift for any occasion.  
 
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