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Meaning and History of Calendula


Calendula ~ Admiration, Good Luck

 "Meaning and History of Calendula"(wor calendae,  pot marigold) ~ Means “Winning Grace”  and “throughout the months.”

The name Calendula stems from the Latin kalendae, meaning first day of the month, presumably because pot marigolds are in bloom at the start of most months of the year.” ( wikipedia.com )  Historically Known for its medicinal and culinary value, the calendula was called  “Mary’s Gold” by Early Christians.  The would place calendula by the statues of the Virgin Mary to honor her.  The most sacred of flowers of ancient India, calendula were strung into garlands to adorn holy statues.


A member of the marigold family, calendula is traditionally known as an herb as well as valued for its medicinal and culinary uses. In ancient times, calendula blossoms were mixed in wine to relieve indigestion. Calendula petals were used in ointments to heal skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes, and toothaches.  It is used to stimulate blood circulation and lower fevers (by causing sweating). It can also be used to treat diaper rash, as it promotes rapid healing. Calendula oil can be used to treat earaches, is a natural antiseptic and even helps heal hemmoroids.

The Romans used calendula mixed with vinegar to season their meat and salad dishes.


A Mediterranean annual plant (Calendula officinalis) in the composite family, widely cultivated for its showy, yellow or orange, rayed flower heads that were formerly used in medicine, coloring, and flavoring of food.

 

Calendula is also October’s Birth flower and the International Herb Association declared calendula flower of the year for 2008. Calendula has great anti-inflammatory properties and vulnerary properties. Its uses are varied — from soothing minor skin disorders like pimples and dry chapped lips to curing chicken pox etc.


Check out Aromatherapy at Home ezine for a recipe to make Calendula Oil

The Meaning of Flowers: Alstromeria


"The Meaning and History of the Alsromeria Peruvian Liliy"Meaning: Wealth, prosperity, fortune

Named after Swedish naturalist, Baron Clas Alstroemer (1736-1794)

Native to South America,  Alstroemeria is commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas,  a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae.

Alstroemerias come in a wide range of colours, including white, pink, yellow, salmon, red, lavender, orange, bronze and bicolours and are available year-round.

Alstroemerias are versatile flowers in terms of both colour and form. Perfect for most any style arrangement including contemporary designs, clusters and vase arrangement.

How Did The Passion Flower Get Its Name?


"How Did The Passion Flower Get Its Name?"In the 16th Century Christian Missionaries in South America named the flower (Passiflora spp) because they saw it as being a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ. It was the first flower they saw on their journey and they saw it as a good sign.

They thought that the five sepals and the five petals of the passion flower represented the ten disciples without Judas Iscariot and Peter.

They also thought that the double row of filaments (corona) on the passion flower represented the crown of thorns that Jesus was made to wear. It also resembled a halo.

The vine tendrils represented the whips that were used to scourge Jesus.

The styles of the flower represented the nails Jesus had hammered into his palms and ankles when crucified.

The stamens represented the wounds Jesus sustained when crucified.

Where Passion Flowers Grow

They grow naturally in the southern part of the United States and in South America. They are grown in plantations in Australia, Brazil, Hawaii and Kenya. They are also grown in artificial conditions such as The Palm House in Kew Gardens.

There are over 55 species of Passion Flower. Their fruit is edible.

The Meaning and History of Peonies


 

"Peonies and their meaning"

 

PeonyGood Life, Happy Marriage, Bashfulness
Botanical Name: Peonia                         Family: Paeoniaceae


”Bashfulness so oft applies thus peonies are for the sky.”

Named after Paeon, Physician to the Gods, the first modern peony was grown widely in medieval England, especially in monastery gardens, although ancient peonies were said to come from China. Legend tells that mischievous nymphs hid in the petals of the peony causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of bashfulness. In eighth century China, the red peony was considered the King of Flowers, symbolizing abundance. It is said he first obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the Mother of Apollo.

Peonies can live for a hundred + years if undisturbed.

Even More Valentine Symbols and Trivia


DID YOU KNOW?

"Even More Valentine Symbols and Trivia"

The oldest paper valentine still around is in the collection of the British Library in London . It was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415

Legend has it that Valentine’s Day is when birds find their matesUntil the 1800s, the English made Valentine cards and shipped them all over the world

In North America, Valentine’s is the 2nd most popular time to send cards (Christmas is the first)

In Japan, girls give gifts on Valentine’s Day and boys reciprocate the gifts on White Day (March 14th)

In old Wales, wooden love spoons were often presented to sweethearts on February 14th

Italian couples announced engagements on Valentine’s Day.

 

Be sure to order your Valentine flowers early at Eden Florist!

February’s flower is the Violet


Every flower has a history and symbolic meaning.  

 

Meaning: Modesty, faithfulness, virtue

February’s birth flower is the Violet.  It is also known as the African Violet. The flower is a five-petal velvety blossom that comes in shades of pinks, whites and purples. They are available as a houseplant or garden plant all year round.

Baron Walter Von Saint Paul Illaire is credited with discovering the violet plant in Tanzania in 1892.

Violet Facts, Trivia and Folklore:

 

The Greek word for violet is io. Io is a character in Greek mythology and the daughter of King Argos. Zeus loved her. However, Zeus was concerned that Hera (his wife) would discover their affair, so he turned Io into a heifer and then created the sweet-scented flowers that we now know as violets for her to graze upon.

 

 

Violets also have a unique method of reproduction, known as cleistogamy, which means to self-pollinate.    

 

During the Middle Ages, violets were a symbol for humility and modesty not only because of the blooming habits of the flower but also because of their association with the Virgin Mary. 
The god Hades fell in love with the maiden Persephone. One day while Persephone was walking through a field of violets, Hades carried her away to his land of death. The world mourned her death and became barren until Hades relented and agreed that Persephone could walk on the earth from spring through fall. Thus leading to violets symbolizing immortality, resurrection and spring. 

 

 

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia, upon learning of the death of her father, Polonius, speaks to the queen in the language of the flowers, quite common in the 16th century.  Her allusions are to the tragic event which has taken place and the emotions and attributes symbolized by certain flowers: rosemary for remembrance; pansies for love; fennel for flattery; columbine for ingratitude; rue for repentance; daisies for faithlessness; and violets for constancy or devotion.  In act IV, scene 5, she sings distraughtly while in the company of the queen, “

 

I would give some violets, but they withered all when my father died: they say he made a good end .”

The Greek dramatist, Aristophanes, referred to Athens in one of his plays as the violet-crowned city for King Ion (Ion means Violet).

 

When French composer Frederick Chopin died, one of his music students Jane Sterling bought all the violets she could find in the flower shops of Paris to cover his grave. So beloved is Chopin that, even today visitors daily place flowers (frequently violets) on this grave in Paris.

 

Josephine Bonaparte loved the scent of violets and thus they became her favorite perfume.  Before Napoleon was exiled in Elba, Josephine died and he picked a bouquet of violets for her grave. When Napoleon died, violets and a lock of Josephine’s hair were found in a locket that he wore.