Sunday, October 16, 2011

Flowers in Season October 16-22

The Calendula
Also called the Marigold


Ardent, bittersweet, true, the marigold lifts its bloom to the sun year round-its little lover, some call it.

In England, they were first called "golds." In the Middle Ages, they came to adorn the Virgin Mary and afterward bore her name. "Open afresh your round of starry folds," wrote Keats, "Ye ardent marigolds."
In Victorian flower language, through, the marigold referred to greif or cruetly. Its botanical name, Calendula, means "a bloom a month"

-The Meaning of Flowers. Myth, Language & Lore by Gretchen scoble and Ann Fields 

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