June 30, 2010

Flower Personification

poppy anemone


Poppy Anemone.         

The perception of Mother Nature and its elements reflects the Universe in its unity in Greek mythology, and sensed through flowers and plants was the expression of "deity". For this reason religion and mythology relate plants and flowers to the gods.

Windflower, (Anemone nemorosa), (Greek word anemos=wind), is a flower personified in Greek mythology. The flower took its name from the wind because it's the wind that helps both in its blooming and whithering.

According to mythology was created from the mixture of wounded Adonis' blood and the nectar that Aphrodite poured into his wound.
The myth says that Aphrodite fell in love with a very handsome mortal, Adonis. God Mars who was Aphrodite's former lover, got jealous and one day that Adonis went hunting, he was transformed into a boar, attacked Adonis and hurt him.
Aphrodite poured nectar into Adonis' wound and anemone was created.
                     
Daffodil, (Narcissus is its botanic name), is also a flower personified in mythology as well.                       
Its name comes from Narcissus' myth. 
Narcissus was a very handsome young man. According to the myth he died either looking at his reflection in   the waters of a lake or jumping into the lake to catch his reflection, thinking that it was the nymph who was living there. A flower grew at the point he died and it was given his name.
It expresses egoism.

Interesting! Isn't it? I've always been fascinated by Greek mythology, ancient gods, goddesses and heroes. xx 

65 comments:

....Petty Witter said...

What an interesting and informative post - I shall certainly look at these flowers in a whole new way after reading it.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Didn't know that. Great photos!

athina said...

Beautiful flowers!

blueviolet said...

I've always been quite fascinated with mythology as well, but I didn't realize the connection to all things floral!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Windflowers, my father told me not to go near them, he feared them always,
Said they carried him away.
Windflowers, I couldn't wait to touch them, to smell them, I held them closely.
Now I cannot break away.

Their sweet bouquet disappears like a vapor in the desert. Take a warning, son.

Windflowers, their beauty captures every young dreamer who lingers near them.
Ancient windflowers, I love you.

From the albums UNBORN CHILD (1974)

Trac~ said...

How interesting - I had never heard these stories before. Thanks for sharing and what gorgeous pictures! :o) xoxoxo

wenn said...

i love hibiscus, our national flower!

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. This was great. I have never heard these stories before. I did learn Greek Mythology but mostly in Warfare. Beautiful pictures.

Joe Cap said...

I love the flower photos.
What about the ones that also smell great...gardenias are heaven...I bet there are myths about those as well.

5thsister said...

I love mythology so I was intrigued by your lesson today. Give us more! Wonderful post!

Naturedigital said...

Great post Betty.. Love your flowers and the lesson from the greek mythology.
Costas

Nevine said...

A lovely post, Betty! This is a great season to be blogging about flowers, and your photos are so colorful and inviting.

I, too, am a huge fan of Greek mythology. There are so many stories that can be related to humanity in the old myths that they are a continuous source of information for us, in addition to being high entertainment. Thank you for always keeping things interesting, Betty!

Hugs,
Nevine

Ah Ngao said...

i love the windflower,it looks a bit like Tulips.but i think care need to be taken if we put our nose near to smell the flower,bees can easily hide inside.

Momma Fargo said...

Betty, how absolutely gorgeous! The flowers just made me smile and they are wonderful!Great post!

Kimberley said...

Gorgeous flower pics. Thanks for sharing them with us :)

Michael Rivers said...

I had never heard these myths before. Very interesting!!

3 hungry tummies said...

Thank for a bit of Greek myth revision my dear :) xxx

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

It is always interesting to see how others have viewed the world and worked in harmony with nature isn't it? Wonderful post.

Kristin said...

How interesting. Thank you for giving us the skinny on that!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

visual delights
I've never seen an ugly orchid in my entire life!

Melissa B. said...

Looks like these are growing in Aphrodite's back yard. But I'm assuming they're in yours, correctamundo? Lovely!

Steven Anthony said...

these are wonderful, will you post more? Please. I love learning new things, so interesting

hugs

LceeL said...

Pretty pictures and Greek mythology all in one post! Cool. I learned something.

Lifebeginsat30ty said...

Lovely mythological lesson! With flowers, no less :) Do they say anything about alliums? My personal favorite :)

Rachel said...

I took a Greek Mythology class in 8th grade, and ever since then I've been obsessed with Greece. It's the first place I went outside of the US, and I studied abroad there for 3 weeks. It was great being where all of it started!

imac said...

Very en-lightning post Betty, with beautiful flower shots.

Sarah RDH said...

Ohhhh I love those windflowers!! amazing!

Kelly said...

How fascinating to learn these connections! And such beautiful photos to aid us in our lesson!!

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for teaching me something that I did not know before. If only people would be more like flowers, again. Please have a great Thursday.

daily athens

Lynda Young said...

Gorgeous flowers. I've not seen windflowers before. They look like giant poppies.

Lauren said...

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septembermom said...

I love Greek mythology too. Thanks for sharing all this information and beautiful floral photographs. Lovely!

ruma2008 said...

The softness of the petal.
And it is gentleness. . .
They are expressed beautifully.

Thank you.
ruma

Λίλα said...

ΚΑΛΗΜΕΡΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΟ ΜΗΝΑ!!!

Caio Fernandes said...

wonderful post . i love the relations of the names with Greek Mythology.
thank you Betty .
hugs

yonca said...

Love your post Betty! Beautiful shots!

J Bar said...

These are really beautiful.
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Unknown Mami said...

Fascinating.

Daphne said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting...I'm now one of your followers. Hope you have a great weekend!

love lives in the kitchen said...

beautiful post and beautiful pictures betty!
wish you a great weekend dear friend!
justyna

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English Rose ♥ said...

Such gorgeous flowers - interesting post!

Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling, and for your lovely comment =]



Have a fabulous weekend!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
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Pat said...

Thanks for such an interesting post. That first flower resembles a tulip.

Michelle Pixie said...

I loved this! Beautiful post and I loved learning all of that info. ;-)

Michelle Faith said...

I learned something new, very cool. Following you back thanks for stopping by.

flying eagle woman said...

this is probably one of my favorite posts of all time...i love that you incorporated knowledge with beauty
you're amazing

Together We Save said...

Beautiful flowers, thanks for all the information.

nikgee said...

Hello Betty I haven't been out visiting in a while. I am glad I did today. I too love mythology. There is so much wisdom and knowledge in those stories.It seems as though every time I read one or hear some one sharwe one I see a little bit more.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Betty,

I appreciate the greater meaning of flowers. It is important that we pass along the stories of myth and fairytales for within are the secrets not only to our past but also our future.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful images and knowledge.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Egmont

Leah said...

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Luvs!

SquirrelQueen said...

Greek Mythology was a favorite subject many years ago. I remember both of these stories. Anemones are the most beautiful flower.

Enjoy your time off and take care of those pans. And have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Judy

Αgeliki said...

Dear Betty, thanks you reminded me our mythology.!!!

Nicole Carpenter said...

I LOVE flowers! Such fun information... thanks!

Visiting from Saturday SITS!

@Home-Mom said...

thanks for visiting ;)

Ted said...

Love the myths and your photos are gorgeous!

ritsa said...

I love the Greek Mythology and thans for remind me these great myths.
The flowers are so beautiful!!
hugs

sonia said...

I've always been fascinated with mythology.
Thanks. Amazing pics, so pretty flowers!
big hugs!

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Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

gorgeous flowers I am glad you are enjoying the Sedona photos on my website.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Mama Hen said...

Following you back from Mama's Little Chick! Hope to see you around the Hen House!

Mama Hen

Together We Save said...

Beautiful flowers... hope the cleaning is going well!!

♥♥ tuğçe♥♥ said...

great post and loveşy flowers
i had a lesson 'Greek Mythology'
i knew some of these stories they are really interesting

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