2013 Iris Series – 01

I realize that I began the Peony series only a few days ago and it may appear to be too soon to begin another series but I felt the need to mix things up a bit.  For those of you who love Peonies, don’t worry, there will be more images posted soon.  But for today, I introduce the first in a series of Iris images.  Enjoy!

Complimentary Message

Complimentary Message

Venessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers, uses “message” as the definition of the Iris.

According to other sources the Iris has multiple meanings, some of which will be introduced throughout this series in addition to “message”.

2013 Peony Series – 01

“I confess that I love him, I rejoice that I love him, I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth that gave him to me. The exultation floods me.”-

– Emily Dickinson

 

Heavenly

Heavenly

As an introduction to the Peony series I must share with you the meanings of the Peony in the language of flowers.  The meanings vary and include a wide range of emotions.

Peony: Shame, happy marriage, compassion, anger, bashfulness

The image posted above is titled heavenly because it appears that the flower petals float off into infinity, or heaven.  It is dreamy, like pink clouds. The quote links the meaning of the peony, happy marriage, with the title of the image.  Love and heaven united.

Nobility

“Virtue is the truest nobility.” – Miguel de Cervantes

Nobility I

Nobility I

Nobility II

Nobility

In the Victorian language of flowers the magnolia represents nobility.

And, as an aside, Miguel de Cervantes was the author of “Don Quixote“.

Dogwood Flowers

On May 30th of 2012 I wrote a post about the Legend of the Dogwood Tree.  Please see the post and learn more about the history of the beautiful Dogwood flowers posted this evening.  You can access the post by typing in “Dogwood” in the search bar to the right, or by using the calendar on the right.  I apologize, but for some reason the hyperlink is not working….hmmm…

Am I Different to You?

Am I Different To You?

One meaning of the Dogwood in the Victorian Language of Flowers

Vintage Dogwood

Vintage Dogwood

As found on the tree.

Love undiminished by Adversity

Love undiminished by adversity.

Another meaning of the Dogwood in the Victorian Language of Flowers.

Dogwood Strong and Proud

Dogwood Strong and Proud

Dogwood Shadows

 Dogwood Shadows

 Dogwood at Sunset

Dogwood at Sunset

The Irony of the Definition

The Thistle

My presence

in the

garden

for most

invokes

a smile.

 

My color’s

so

bright,

it glows,

but

falsehood

flows.

For

the

gardener,

whose hand

nurtured

me

to

grow,

did not

know

my

meaning.

 

It

is not

joy

in the

morning,

but

a bold

resistance,

sorrow,

and

mourning.

 

Hatred,

disregard,

and

retaliation

are my

obligation,

but only

by

definition.

 

The

root

of my

being,

no harm

could

ensue,

for

despite

my

spiky

appearance,

I

am

soft

and

fragile

and

grow

tall,

to

above

all,

assist

in

cooking

and

beauty,

and

keeping

you

healthy.

Thistle Budd

Thistle Budd

Color Glows

Color Glows

Thistle Standing Tall

Thistle Standing Tall

For Cooking, Beauty and Health

For Cooking, Beauty, and Health

In the language of flowers the Thistle, also known as safflower, has meanings that do not at all reflect the  beauty and intrigue of the bud or flower.  The meanings of the thistle were featured in the poem above and include: misanthrope, defiance, vengeance, and grief.

I find it somewhat ironic that these words are associated with a flower that is so pretty and is thought to have useful medicinal properties such as: preventing heart disease and stroke, lowering fevers, treating coughs and breathing problems, tumors, pain, and clotting conditions, in addition to other medical uses.  The oil from safflower seed is used as a cooking oil.  The flower is used to color cosmetics and to dye fabrics.  Ref: WebMd

Please note that I am in now way recommending the use of the flower for any of the above referenced purposes.  However, I thought it of interest and wanted to provide a background for the poem above.

Hope, Purity, and Atonement

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” – Unknown

Atonement

Reconciliation

Hope

Purity

The above four words are associated with the Star of Bethlehem flower in the Victorian Language of Flowers.  When I saw the quote above I felt that it somehow linked the four words; atonement and  reconciliation of yesterdays and hope for pure love in the days to come.

Hope and Purity

Hope and Purity

Atonement

Atonement

Think of Me

When the days are long,

Think of me.

When things go wrong,

Think of me.

There will be days you don’t feel strong,

Think of me.

When those days arrive, breakout in song,

And think of me.

You’ll have woes to carry along,

And you may not feel like you belong,

Just think of me.

Sometimes relationships are not lifelong,

Some are, just think of me.

And when you think of me,

Feel the harmony,

Of nature, healing, and just, letting be.

copyright Robyn Graham

Think of Me

Think of Me

Think of Me in Harmony

In Harmony

Green represents nature, healing, and harmony.  The white clover flower means “Think of Me” in the Victorian Language of Flowers. The “me” in the poem is representative of my faith, I always have someone to think of to get me through a long day.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4

No False Pretenses

“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? – Fanny Brice

In the Victorian Era flowers had meanings.  People employed flowers as a method of communication, they had their own language. Flowers were used to communicate feelings and thoughts.  The selection and gifting of flowers were done with the intent of sending a message.

Tonight’s image is a Cockscomb that I photographed when visiting a wildflower garden at the orchard yesterday.  The definition of Cockscomb is affectation, which means a false appearance or assumption of a state, quality, or manner.  I think the quote above is a nice representation of the word affectation.

Cockscomb Representing Affectation