Flowers By Variety > Carnations

Sending carnations is a special way of sending a significant message to one’s beloved. It is an incredibly verstatile flower, long lasting and is treasure of joy. Carnation delivery from Arena Flowers includes free delivery as standard.

For more information on carnations visit our Carnations A to Z pages or our Meanings of Carnations.  Sending carnations is a good idea for a long-lasting flower in a variety of colours.  We have a large range of many types of flower for delivery for any occasion.  If these are for a birthday, why not take a look at our birthday range.

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  • Friday, 28 March 2014
    I ordered  the Indoor Luxury Basket for my daughter which arrived in good time and she loved it. She took at photo and I was so pleased that the plants were in such a beautiful condition - healthy and fresh with buds, opening and full blooms on the flowering plants and shiny green foliage on the others. Thank you so much for delivering such a quality gift. Nige H
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    Thank you so much for prompt delivery of mothers-day-flowers! My mother in law was over the moon and said they were beautiful. If you've pleased her then you have pleased me! Thanks again Kind regards, Vince E
  • Wednesday, 26 March 2014
    The recipient was absolutely delighted with the bouquet.  She commented on the beauty and variety of the flowers, and was very impressed by the packaging, and that none of the flowers had been bruised in the least, despite the box. An absolute success! Thank you. Terri S


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Sending Carnations

Sending carnations is a special way of sending a significant message to one’s beloved. The red variety says “My heart aches for you" and talks of a deep admiration while the pink carnation says, “I’ll never forget you”. A white carnation is believed to symbolize sweet, lovely innocence, a kind of woman’s good luck gift; while the purple shade shows capriciousness. Red carnation for "alas for my poor heart", striped for refusal, yellow for disdain, pink for woman's love.

Dianthus, it the botanical name for a carnation means divine flower. Carnation was the flesh-pink colour Elizabethan portrait painters used as a background wash. The carnation is available as a standard carnation - one large flower per stem, or a spray carnation with lots of smaller flowers. It is an incredibly versatile flowers, long lasting and available all year round in a huge range of colours, almost all except blue. A mauve carnation with a blue tinge has been developed by Florigene in Australia. But they look best in hot Latin shades of red, pink and orange.

New varieties have been bred which look like old-fashioned garden pinks, but in bright colours. They have daintier relatives, the fantastically fragrant Sweet Williams and Pinks.

Though carnations have gone through a period of bad press over the last 20 or 30 years as result of rise of designer London florists and style gurus, but carnations are still the UK's best-selling cut flower, by miles. They are an excellent cut-flower, great value, very long-lasting, and are now having a mini revival. The are particularly popular on mothering Sunday, and in Canada you wear a red flower if your mother is alive or a white flower if your mother has died.