Spring Blooms

I have been looking forward to the Spring equinox finally arriving, knowing that scientifically the cold chill in the air has to turn itself into a warmer embrace.
This year Spring has so much more meaning to me, because as with the new summer air slowly creeping in and soft blooms appearing on previously bare branches, so I too feel new beginnings and promise of regrowth within my own personal life.

I adore flowers, and the colour and beauty captured within the soft petals. Flowers hold so much meaning… Silent words but yet so descriptive. Words of life, celebration, grief, condolences, joy, love… I love how it connects people, or allows you to have an entire conversation when you have no words, from a single flower to an entire bunch or beautiful arrangement.

There are extensive lists of flowers and their meanings, but in the end I think what matters most is just enjoying their beauty and spring fragrances. Here is a list of a few popular flowers and their meanings:

CARNATION (GENERAL) – Fascination, Woman Love

CARNATION (PINK) – I’ll Never Forget You

CARNATION (RED) – My Heart Aches For You, Admiration

CARNATION (PURPLE) – Capriciousness, Whimsical

CARNATION (SOLID COLOR) – Yes

CARNATION (STRIPED) – No, Refusal, Sorry I Can’t Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You

CARNATION (WHITE) – Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman’s Good Luck Gift

CARNATION (YELLOW) – You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection

CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) – You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.

CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE) – Truth

CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW) – Slighted Love

DAFFODIL – Respect, Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You

DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never Tell, Purity

DANDELION – Faithfulness, Happiness

LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You’ve Made My Life Complete, beauty, gaiety

ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtful, Maturity, Charm

PETUNIA – Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me

ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happy Love

ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) – Mourning

ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me

ROSE (RED) – Love, I Love You

ROSE (THORNLESS) – Love at First Sight

ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You’re Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence

ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) – Unity, Flower Emblem of England

ROSE (YELLOW) – Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care

ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms)- Gratitude

ROSES (Single Full Bloom) – I Love You, I Still Love You

SUNFLOWER – Pride, Sunshine

TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover

TULIP (RED) – Believe Me, Declaration of Love

TULIP (VARIEGATED) – Beautiful Eyes

TULIP (YELLOW) – There’s Sunshine in Your Smile

VIOLET – Modesty

VIOLET (BLUE) – Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I’ll Always Be True

VIOLET (WHITE) – Let’s Take a Chance

The most popular flowers are Roses, Chrysanthemum and Tulips. I however feel that Roses only rank first because it’s generally just more readily available and most people see it as a general good choice. I recently saw some lilac roses which was a refreshing change to the normal shades available. I love the structure of Tulips, firm and neat flowers that always looks like perfectly formed blooms.

Different flowers are also connected to star signs and even to your specific birth month, but I found these to be generic and more in relation to the colour of birthstones. None of the flowers connected to my birth month or to my star sign really hold any appeal to me. I suppose it all comes down to personal choice.

I think like most people I love Spring! I love that the temperature is just warm enough to make my skin feel glowing, but still cool enough to provide crisp cool mornings. I love that the fields are covered in wild daisy’s, and love the soft green of new summer grass starting to grow. Living close to the winelands, the additional beauty of the vineyards starting their regrowth is an added bonus.

I think I’ll take my girls to go and get a few seedlings so we can add a splash of color and play our part in celebrating Spring 🙂

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One thought on “Spring Blooms

  1. Iets wat ‘n vriendin geskryf het:

    As mens laat los, begin jy bewe. En dit vat ‘n tydjie om jou voete weer te kry. Stil te kry. Vas te laat staan. Maak nie saak wat jy los nie, dis iets wat nou-net hier was en nou weg is. Wat ek wel weet van los, is dat dit gedane sake is. As jy los, moet jy nie weer probeer vat nie. As jy weer wil vat, het jy watookal gelos moes word net eenvoudig verplaas of misplaas, maar dis nie weg genoeg om gelos te wil wees nie.

    Wat dit beteken in die regte lewe, is dat om iets te laat los, ‘n wilsbesluit is. Dis nie verloor nie, dis los. Jy moet jou seer hart se deure toesluit en die sleutel in die see gooi. Jy moet jou gedagtes op hok kry en die onthougoed wat so seer maak toemessel in ‘n hoek en dan ‘n berg sement daaroor uitgooi. Dis harde werk om iets te laat los en jou bene sal bewe en jou voete sal pyn. En omdat jy nou ligter is en reg is vir die reis kan jy wegstap en dinge agter jou los. Nie vergeet nie, nie verloor nie, maar los. Uitlos. Agterlos.

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