Here’s an interview I did with New Hampshire Public Radio, which you can stream on their website; I’m right at the beginning of the episode. They invited me on because they liked my language of flowers article and hoped I had more anecdotes to share. Which I did. Go listen.
Something I mention in the interivew is that the meanings of carnations and of roses vary a lot depending on the color. What I don’t think to say, but should have, is that roses often describe the status of a relationship – whether it’s romantic or sexual or pure friendship; whether there’s jealousy. Carnations are helpful as responses to questions – yes, no, maybe. (Maybe is indicated by stripes, of course.)