Happy Valentine’s Day

“The reason why love is eternal is that it does not exist for itself, but gives life to those it transforms.” – Jeffrey Fry

My Heart Aches for You

My Heart Aches for You

Admiration

Admiration

Sweet and Lovely

Sweet and Lovely

Pure Love

Pure Love

The titles of the photographs of red and white carnations are based on the meaning of red, white, and striped carnations in the Victorian Language of Flowers.  I took the liberty to combine meanings and alter them a bit to ensure that the titles conveyed my vision and intention of each image.

Bouquet of Cheer

Bouquet of CheerBouquet of Cheer

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“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.” – Irish Blessing

“These things I warmly wish for you Someone to love, some work to do, A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer, And a guardian angel always near” – Irish Blessing

“May God grant you always…A sunbeam to warm you, a moon beam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.” – Irish Blessing

Three similar Irish blessings all containing the wish for cheer.  Cheer? Because the Gerber daisy in the Victorian language of flowers represents cheer.

Christmas Cactus Series – 2013 (My Heart Burns with Love)

Burning Love

My Heart Burns with Love

The burning,

The yearning,

My heart is full of love for you.

You’ll never know the depth,

It cannot be seen.

Actions may at times lead you to believe you know,

But,

Life’s ebb and flow cause you to blink,

And in that instance your mind questions

My devotion to our link.

My love, like art,

Is timeless,

And priceless.

It will forever be.

As the touch of a feather

Lingers on your skin,

So too, will my love endure

A gentle breeze,

A cajoling force,

The unthinkable.

Oh the burning,

The yearning,

My heart is full of love for you.

copyright Robyn Graham

Note:  In the Victorian language of flowers cactus flowers represent “endurance” and “my heart burns for you”.  The poem above was written with the aforementioned meanings in mind. Notice the red heart in the center of the bottom petal….I love the little miracles of nature!

Subtle Beauty of Thankfulness

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Thankful for

Happiness and hugs

And basic

Necessities.

Kind hearts, and

Selfless souls.

Grace.

Individuals

Vivaciously

Influencing others through

Noble

Generosity.

copyright Robyn Graham

Beauty of Thanksgiving

Subtle Beauty of Thankfulness

Joyous Friendship

A yellow rose

To signify

True friendship

Of joyous

Bound.

Sure as

Light shines

Upon the petals

Glory is

Found

Within

A friendship

 Built on

Solid ground.

It is 

Not worth

A pound,

If not

Gowned in

Trust and

Love that

Are proclaimed

Aloud.

So my

Friend,

Of

Joyous bound,

Let’s stick

Together

As the

World goes

’round.

Some days

We feel as if

Life is full

of downs,

But,

Our friendship

Will abound,

Through faith

In each

Other

That

Cannot be

Drowned.

copyright Robyn Graham

Joyous FriendshipJoyous Friendship

 

 

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“.

2013 Lily Series – 12

Joyful Magesty

Joyful Majesty

Joyful Majesty in black and white

Joyful Majesty In Black and White

Joyful = the color yellow

Majesty = a meaning of the Lily in the Victorian Language of Flowers

I had to post both images because…

I loved the cheerfulness of the yellow and the feeling of joy it brought me, especially in the warm glow of the sun.  The black and white, however, moved me as well and I loved the contrast.

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

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

Sweet and Lovely

In the Victorian Language of Flowers the white carnation can represent the following list of words or combination of words:

ardent love

sweet

lovely

pure love

a woman’s good luck gift

Sweet

Sweet

Lovely

Lovely

I hope your weekend is full of sweet and lovely experiences!

Blessings, Robyn