Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Carnation

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].

Images: main, decorating grave, the Watts Chapel, Compton, Surrey, April 2014; lower inset, poster advertising their Oscar Wilde season, Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand, Westminster, showing Wilde wearing a green carnation, a symbol of ‘men who loved men’, January 2018.