Dianthus, flower of God

Dianthus means flower (anthos) of God (Dios). Of all the flowers in the world, what makes Dianthus so strikingly divine? Carl Linnaeus, the 18th century Swede who instituted binomial nomenclature, th...

Carnations & Dianthus

A few years ago, I asked the corner florist for carnations. The only response given was a snicker. “Carnations? Aren’t they a little ordinary? We don’t even carry carnations anymore...