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Is it just me or are guys pretty inept at choosing gifts? Maybe it’s just that they can’t properly read the subtle clues from the opposite sex. Between guys, there’s usually no problem. A new football, or even some electronic device, or even a power toy or accessory is usually guaranteed to hit the mark. Why is it that they seem completely clueless when it comes time to buying a present for a woman? There’s no doubt that as a general rule, men just seem to have been programmed with a different chip.


For all you guys out there who are wondering what would make a great gift for that special someone in your life, here’s a not so well kept secret; flowers. Flowers are perfect for any occasion at any age. And before you go crazy trying to figure out what type of flowers or don’t even know the difference between various types, you can be sure that white carnations are your best bet.

You would be hard-pressed to find a woman who doesn’t love carnations. Not only are they the embodiment of pure romance, but they also have a wonderful fragrance. With a variety of colors available, if you’re not sure what color would be right you can’t go wrong by choosing white. It is the color that represents pure love and good luck.

A Flower with universal appeal

Everyone is accustomed to thinking of carnations basically as a beautiful flower, and that is in fact its most common form. Its origins are probably Mediterranean; it is a flower that has been enjoyed for over 2000 years and its popularity has never waned.

The original wild flower has become a very popular flower for cultivation, professionally and as a wonderful bloom in the garden where it thrives in slightly alkaline soils and sunny conditions.

Its family name, Dianthus may come from Greek times, ‘dios’ meaning divine and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. It was often used in garlands during Greek times where the word ‘corone’ means flower garlands. There are also claims from the Romans, ‘carnis’, the genitive of ‘caro’ meaning flesh, the original color of this stunning flower. The reference relates to the incarnation of God making flesh.

Whatever the true origin of the name its enduring popularity has been established. It is particularly popular on Mother’s Day and has been the symbol of that special day for over a century. The ‘white’ version has taken on a commemorative role and of course no wedding is complete without carnations bouquets.

Incidentally Spain, Morocco and Slovenia have adopted it as their national flower.

You Can’t Go Wrong

So remember; you don’t have to drive yourself crazy trying to think of the perfect gift for that special someone, or even anyone to whom you want to show some appreciation. Flowers are always welcome, and are perfect at any time during the year and for any occasion.

They can brighten a gloomy winter’s day; the carnation is January’s flower, they are the finishing touch to a wedding, the symbol of Mother’s Day and a welcome present to the women in your life, mother, wife or daughter.