Flowers and Ikebana

Carnation: Elegance and Versatility

Carnation is one of the popular flowers often preferred for bouquets or centrepieces. It is also a favorite flower to give as gift on Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day. Originally, its natural color is bright pinkish-purple. But because of modern technology, this flower is now available is array of colors whole year round. Each color of the carnation has a symbol or meaning similar to other flowers. However in general this flower expresses love, fascination, and distinction. White ones suggest pure love and good luck. Dark red flowers symbolize deep love and affection.


Carnation Ikebana Arrangements

Personally, I find carnation flowers very versatile yet elegant. It has a unique petal structure that is beautiful on its own as well as a great compliment to other flowers. This flower also comes in different sizes and hues. During our last Ikebana class at Seishincho Community Center last week, we got a variety of carnations included in our flower set. Maybe it is because of the season getting warmer that we get dark colors recently. In early spring, we sometimes get white, yellow, and light pink ones. But this time, we always get magenta and red.

To show its versatility, I made two arrangements highlighting carnations in two ways. My first arrangement focuses on carnations as the sole flower material. I used two different types of this flower – small light red carnations in cluster and big single magenta flowers.  I also placed some green Dracena leaves with purplish-red lining as my supporting material.


Red and Magenta Carnations


For my next arrangement, I used the carnations as complement to other flower materials – purple Iris flowers and red Anthuriums. A small light red carnation was placed in the middle to create balance and to serve as a focal point of the whole arrangement.


Magenta Carnations as Complement to Purple Irises and Red Anthuriums

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