Saturday, February 18, 2012

Flower of the Week: The Crocus

crocus longiflorus

image via Flickr

In the day of Queen Victoria, the crocus was the symbol of Gladness and was meant to be a word of caution and to not abuse.

Funny, with Valentine's Day just behind us, Crocus was dedicated to Saint Valentine and appears to pop up around this time of the year.  Eager for that early pollen, after the winter months the Bee makes the cup of the crocus open.

The scent of crocuses is mysterious and alluring and has been said to dispurse drowsiness and quicken the pulse.  It is said that Cleopatra made an oil for her hands from this sweet flower.  In Greek mythology, Homer put crocuses in the bed of the King and Queen of Heaven. 

I don't know about you but, I am so ready for these early blooms and hope to see them growing in gardens very soon.

1 comment:

  1. I love Crocus, especially in that bright sunny yellow. Great facts; I definitely agree about a hope to see them in gardens soon.


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