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January Flower of the Month: Carnations and Snowdrops

Updated: Jan 15

Each month of the year is recognized with at least one flower, similar to gemstones associated with birth months. In the month of January, flowering plants are scarce in much of the United States. Here we wanted to highlight a few that will add a little color to these often drab, gray winter days.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Carnations and Snowdrops are celebrated in the month of January, each holding a unique sentiment. Carnations, especially the pink varieties (as shown above), symbolize unyielding love. Today, carnations can be purchased in a myriad of natural and artificial shades.

Snowdrops, pictured above with a pollinator perched inside the petals, are often one of the first flowers to poke through the surface in late winter. Signifying hope and beauty, these early bloomers are a lifesaver for our bees and other pollinators; as the winter often leaves very slim pickings of fresh flowers from which to collect pollen and nectar.

These first blooms of the season provide an important source of food and shelter for over wintering animal friends of all sizes. So, if you can, leave the leaves and weeds just a little while longer. Pollinators will thank you with sweet rewards in the coming months!

Happy Birthday to all our friends celebrating another year of life this month, and Happy New Year!

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