Japanse tuinen en ikebana/Japanese gardens and Ikebana

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Japanese gardens, floral design and musings about living a good life.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lucky February has two blooms

February has  TWO flowers..the violet and the iris.

A Greek myth states that Persephone, a young lady, was walking in a field of violets when Hades saw her and fell in love with her. Hades took her to his kingdom and the world became barren. Hades allowed Persephone to return in the spring and the violets returned too. Persephone returns to Hades at the end of autumn and world is barren until she returns again in spring. Iris also has a  history dating back to Greek mythology. Irises come in a rainbow of colors and the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth.

foto: Bill Gracey

The iris conveys deep sentiments of faith, hope, wisdom, and courage making it a lovely choice for your Valentine, too.

Flower Fact:
In a floral arrangement, the iris bloom that has been out longest may die after a day two but if you cut it off the other buds will open.

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