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Miss Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's day, for the first time, sent 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, in Grafton, West Virginia. She wanted the flowers to be distributed among the mothers. Then onwards, it has become a tradition to gift flowers on the Mother's Day as a token of thanks for all her love and care.
The white carnation is preferred because it may be thought to typify some of the virtues of motherhood; ... whiteness stands for purity; its lasting qualities, faithfulness; its fragrance, love; its wide field of growth, charity; its form, beauty..., Miss Jarvis said.
As the tradition of gifting flowers on Mother's day continued, carnations continued to dominate the list of flowers bought for gifting on Mother's day. Besides gifting carnations, they were also worn, and different colors of carnations worn implied different meanings. For instance, wearing a white carnation is to honor a deceased mother, wearing a pink carnation is to honor a living mother.
It is indeed the meanings of flowers rather than their popularity matters when it comes to gifting flowers. For that reason, carnations are the preferred flower gifts on Mother's day. Further carnations in different colors carry different meanings. It is thus advised that you are aware of the meanings of flowers before you choose a flower gift for your mother. Also learn about making a Mother's day carnation bouquets by yourself.
It is for the mothers to follow the following tips so that the carnation flowers gifted by their beloved children last long-
1. Recut the stems and remove leaves that will be in the water (below the solution level).
2. Put the carnation flowers in a vase of clean water and floral preservative.
3. Keep a neutral environment avoiding extreme temperatures.
|Jarvis became bitter over the commercialization of Mother's Day. She filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mother's Day event and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a mother's convention where white carnations were being sold.|