Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. Red carnations placed at the base of the Children of Lir statue in the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin, at the conclusion of an event organised  by the 1916 Relatives Assocation, Easter Saturday, 15 April, 2017.

2.  Some friends of mine had everyone wearing green carnations when they celebrated their civil partnership [Swiss Cottage, London, February 2007].

3. [Oxford] students do not take their final exams in their own colleges, they are divided by gender, and dress in subfusc, gowns and black and white for the girls, and the boys wear black suits with white bowties and waistcoats which are sometimes very colourful. On the first day of their finals they wear a white carnation, on the second a pink, and on the third a red one [Christ Church, Oxford, April 2005].

Main image: decorating grave, the Watts Chapel, Compton, Surrey, April 2014.

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    • Dianthus caryophyllus
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