This is ones of my favorite flowers
These beautiful, fragile flowers come from the Near East and the Mediterranean and were first brought to Britain at the end of the sixteenth century. In Greece, anemones carpet the hillsides and olive groves in springtime with their brilliant red, white, pink and purple blooms. Their name comes from the Greek
The anemone has come to be associated with the story of the lovers Aphrodite and Adonis. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was besotted with this beautiful youth, but he was fatally wounded by a wild boar and died in her arms. She sprinkled nectar on his blood, from which sprang the vivid red anemone. Abandonment, and love that is fleeting and will not last, are symbolized by this flower.
The camellia is an evergreen bush and is known as the Empress of Winter as it blooms during the long dark months of the year, bringing us lightness and gaiety. In Japan, where it grows in the wild, it is especially revered. It produces glorious flowers, striking and feminine, which appear as double or single blooms, in colors from pure white through to dusky pink and deep red. A flower of singular beauty, the camellia speaks of love, strong and all-embracing, of destinies inextricably linked.
The flower is named after a Jesuit missionary and botanist called Georg Kamel who brought the camellia to Europe from East Asia in the early eighteenth century. It was grown in the hothouse and became an exotic luxury, and by the mid-nineteenth century, it was one of the most sought-after flowers.
The name of the flower group to which this lovely plant belongs is Campanula, meaning ‘little bell’, referring to the shape of its striking blue or white flowers. It was given its common name from the bells the pilgrims carried as they made their weary way to Thomas à Becket’s shrine, and this connection with devotion has made it an emblem of faith and constancy, especially religious faith.
The plant can grow tall, its stems shooting up to two or three feet high, and when it blooms it is a glorious sight. From July to October, it is covered from top to bottom with beautiful large flowers, and the Victorians put this abundance to good use by growing it in pots and garden borders for summer display. A few blooms plucked off and tucked into a lady’s hair would make for a simple decoration, or the potted plant presented to a curate’s wife an entirely appropriate gift.
Pink: I Will Never Forget You
Red: My Heart Breaks
White: Sweet and Lovely
Striped: I Can’t Be with You
This delicate and modest flower, which blooms at the height of summer when the weather is kind and gentle, is from the family Dianthus, which also includes pinks (pure love) and Sweet Williams (gallantry). The carnation’s perfume is delicious and spicy, like the scent of cloves. It was originally a wild plant of southern Europe, introduced to England by the Normans, but the Victorians loved the cultivated flower, breeding more and more varieties in endless variants of