Folk names: Gillies, Gilliflower, Jove’s Flower, Nelka, Scaffold Flower, Sops-In-Wine
Powers: Protection, strength, healing
Magical uses: Worn during Elizabethan times to prevent coming to an untimely death on the scaffold, carnations can be used in all-purpose protective spells.
Carnations are placed in convalescent rooms to give the healing patient strength and energy, and are also used in healing spells. Place fresh carnations (red are best) on the altar during healing rituals and add the dried blossoms to sachets and incense for the same purpose.
(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)
I don’t think that I have ever truly and fully expressed the deep love that I have for Carl Sagan. Honestly, he is a man I love so much it could make me cry. I don’t know that there has ever been a more awe inspiring human to me. Carlliterallysavedmylife.
I found Carl at a time in my life when I needed him so much. I had hardly left my bed in over a month, maybe longer, when I found Cosmos for the first time. It has been over four years now but I remember it as if it were yesterday. Lying on that mattress on the floor for weeks, months even, hardly moving, in physical pain from the incessant and uncontrollable sobbing. All those feelings of guilt and regret weighing down on me so heavily that even raising an arm started to seem completely out of the realm of possibility. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but somehow, thankfully, I stumbled upon Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.
I can remember so vividly the way I felt after hearing Carl’s comforting voice for the first time. Something so soothing and reassuring about the way he explained the universe. Something I had never felt.
I lost a little one growing inside me and that is something I think about every day. I no longer dwell on the feelings of remorse, but what happened will always be a part of me. I decided to get this tattoo on the day he would have been born, April 2Oth 2O1O, as a symbol of my everlasting love and appreciation for this beautiful unborn soul.
My Dianthus caryophyllus, more commonly known as a carnation, is red white and pink. Red carnations symbolize a woman’s love and pink are said to symbolize a mother’s love. White symbolizes pure love and good luck, and being striped symbolizes regret and refusal. I could go into much more detail about the meaning this particular flower has, for me and in general, but I think you get it.
After getting this tattoo over my heart, watching and reading Cosmos, and finally starting to feel okay, I knew I would eventually be able to live my life again. In a better way than I could have ever imagined. I am so eternally grateful to Carl and to the little life that never was for shaping me into the human I am today. My life is so incredible and it only seems to get better as the days pass.
This unbelievable man becoming part of the mix is such a joy. Knowing we have our whole lives to spend discovering the universe together fills every fibre of my being with such a profound amount of happiness; I might burst.
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” -Carl Sagan, Contact
Thought to be a native of the Mediterranean region, Dianthus caryophyllus is known to North American florists as the carnation. Carnations are one of some 300 species of annual, biennial and perennial herbs in the genus Dianthus, which means “flower of Zeus” in Greek. Common relatives of the carnation, a member of the Caryophyllaceae family, include sweet William, gypsophila and chickweed.
Availability and Vase Life
Carnations are available year-round in a plethora of colors and sizes, and new cultivars frequently become available. Some highly scented cultivars are used to make perfumes, while other cultivars are void of any fragrance. With proper care, carnations can last two weeks.
Care and Handling
Remove any foliage that will fall below the water line of the carnations’ container before recutting the stems under water. Place the carnations to a clean container holding a properly prepared fresh flower-food solution. Recut the stems underwater and remove foliage that may be submerged before inserting the stems in a vase or design.
Carnations’ diversity makes them suitable for many uses in floral designs, ranging from traditional arrangements to body flowers.
listen i know it’s cliche but pynch flowershop/tattoo parlor au !
Ronan works for the florist keeping up with the gay farmer thing down the street from where Adam is a tattoo artist
his customers are always somewhat taken aback to see this tall, dark boy behind the counter at the flower shop
half the time he’s got headphones in while he’s restocking shelves and organizing things in the back but he notices and he’s used to it
or, at least, he thinks he is until the day Adam Parrish walks in
Adam, who has delicate inked vines curled around his wrists, who drags a hand through his already ruffled hair, who steps up to Ronan’s counter and opens his mouth to speak-
and then he stops
Ronan sees his eyes drifting to the tattoo creeping up his neck, and he notices this cute, scruffy boy blushing slightly before he talks
“What is it?”
Ronan is confused for a moment, but then the boy taps the back of his own neck. “I’ve just got an interest. Comes with the job.”
Ronan nods in realization, and his mind is focusing on the fact that the cute boy is a tattoo artist, and that it makes him even cuter, as he tells him, Adam, as the name tag still pinned to his jacket says, about his Celtic knot
Adam just stands there grinning when Ronan finishes, and Ronan raises an eyebrow as if to say and you came here for…?
not that he minds that he’s here of course, but still
Adam jumps slightly. “Oh! Oh, yeah, flowers,” and then he brushes his hair back again, and Ronan dies a little inside
“My friend,” says Adam, leaning on the counter, “needs flowers. Flowers for someone he likes. And he wants them to have a meaning.”
and of course Ronan the nerd knows all about the meanings of flowers
so he stands there with Adam for almost a half hour explaining all the ways to show love from a bunch of flowers
“so if he wants to say love at first sight?”
“Rosa. Rose, a thornless one if we’re being specific.”
“Latin,” says Adam, smiling again, and Ronan thinks he’s melting as he nods.
“What about how he’s liked them for a while, from afar, but they haven’t noticed?”
“there’s fascination, but that could be a stretch-”
“No, no, that’s good.” Adam rests his elbow on the counter and Ronan has to fight a blush. “That’s exactly it.”
“Well, Filix is fern, or there’s Dianthus caryophyllus, a carnation, but I’d go with the fern, I’ve never liked how-”
Adam cuts him off. “Fern. We’ll go with the fern.”
When Ronan gives him a look Adam just shrugs and says “you’re the expert here,” and Ronan has to laugh.
“And then he’s giving it to this person to tell them, so…?”
“Rosæ calyx. Rosebud, you’d use a moss rosebud.”
“Perfect. I think that’ll be good enough then.”
Adam straightens up again as Ronan collects his flowers and Ronan accidentally i swear brushes their hands together as he hands him the bouquet
Adam thanks him and stands there for a second just staring at Ronan before he leaves, tossing out a “see you around, Ronan” that Ronan would really like to be true
and, miraculously, it is
because the next day when Ronan arrives in from his lunch break Adam is back at his counter, staring at his phone and frantically texting as he holds the same flowers from yesterday
Ronan taps him on the shoulder as he gets behind the counter and Adam jumps, startled
“Oh, hey, you’re back, I, um-”
Ronan smiles and says “spit it out, Adam” but he really doesn’t mind because he’s just discovered that Adam is really cute™
when he’s flustered
“I-” Adam sighs and shuts his eyes, and the next thing Ronan knows the flowers are being held out to him in Adam’s slightly shaking hand
“Was… was there something wrong?”
Adam opens his eyes and relaxes a little. “No, I… they’re for you.”
and Ronan is positive he’s blushing now, just like Adam is
“You’re giving me flowers that mean love at first sight, fascination, and confession.”
“And your friend?”
Adam shakes his head. “Never needed them.”
Ronan looks at the boy in front of him, flushed and smiling shyly, and then he looks down at his outstretched hand holding the flowers
and then he smiles
and takes the flowers
Adam’s grin is about to split his face when Ronan asks what this is all about
“I came in here one day, was on a break, and you were over there-” he gestures to the back shelf “-with headphones in, and you were smiling, and I…”
Ronan feels like he’s going to burst and he’s kind of annoyed at his past self for not noticing this boy earlier
“Love at first sight, huh?”
“Shut up” but Adam keeps smiling
and Ronan, ever the fighter, has to reply with “make me,” even if it sounds less threatening when he’s also bright red and laughing a little