Flowers for Friday – Anemone

Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

I love to take photos of flowers, and I am also interested in their meanings.  The meanings of certain flowers has been around for centuries, but it was in the Victorian period that the language of flowers really took off.

Anemones appear in Greek and Roman mythology.   Anemones sprang from the tears of Aphrodite and the blood of Adonis after his death, and in a second myth the goddess of flowers Chloris transformed Anemone into a flower.  And in Roman mythology Anemone was turned into a flower by the goddess Flora.  Anemones take on the meaning Forsaken due to these myths.

It is not all doom and gloom for the pretty anemone though; these flowers are also thought to bring good luck and protect against evil.  Usefully, if you see an anemone closing its petals, it means rain is on the way – run for your brolly quick!

Fairies are said to sleep under anemone petals after they close for the night, this has lead to the flower also being associated with the meanings of anticipation and expectation because of the enchantments and predictions surrounding fairies and fairy lore.

My favourite flower meaning books are;

The Secret Language of Flowers – Samantha Gray

The Language of Flowers – Mandy Kirkby

The Language of Flowers – Kate Greenaway.

Organdie. x

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2 thoughts on “Flowers for Friday – Anemone

    • Thank you. I took this one last after trying to get a half decent picture for ages. Funny how sometimes a last ditch attempt is the best!

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