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Myosotis | Gladiolus

  

From the Greek “mouse’s ear”, which the shape of the flower’s petals is thought to resemble, the myosotis flower is more commonly known as “forget-me-not”. The term was first used in the German term ‘Vergissmeinnicht’ and then in English in AD 1398 through King Henry IV. According the website Flower Meaning, myosotis represents the following: “true and undying love, remembrance during partings or after death, a connection that lasts through time, fidelity and loyalty, reminders of your favourite memories, growing affection between two people, honouring the Armenian Genocide, helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease, caring for the poor, disabled”. There is a myth that is said to be the story behind the Forget Me Not. Two lovers walk along the Danube River first noticing the bright blue blossoms. The man retrieves the flowers for the woman, but was swept away by the river and told her not to forget him as he floated away. Whether the story is true or not, it has made the Forget Me Not a lasting symbol of remembrance. The ultimate message behind the Forget Me Not is to “take the time to remember those you love, even if they’re still with you right now. Make memories that last and extend your caring to those that need it the most. Respect the dead and make sure their stories are still being told to future generations”. The pure power that comes with the symbolism behind certain flowers and nature itself as a force, enriches the meaning behind the act of giving flowers to another. It’s sad that in today’s society flowers are often purchased without thinking about meaning and what they represent but simply as a kind gesture used to show someone that they care. More thought should be put into such a purchase as it comes with such strongly attachments and connotations.

 

  

The grass-like structure of the flower resembles the blade of a sword, which is why the gladiolus flower is more commonly known as “sword” flowers. This is also due to the Latin diminutive ‘gladius’, meaning a sword. As displayed in the three images of the gladiolus, the blooms range in colour with many outstanding bi-colours that are so bold and captivating. The flower spire is said to pierce the heart of the recipient with love. Per the website Flower Meaning, the sword flowers represent the following: “strength of character, faithfulness, sincerity and integrity, infatuation, to never give up, remembrance”. This flower was considered the flower of gladiators due to their shape, and have long been associated with swords and some say that gladiators wore gladiolus corms around their necks during battles to protect them from death. Because of their association with gladiators, the gladiolus flower meaning is strength and integrity. The sword flower’s message “may vary, but it will never be ignored. This bold beauty captures the heart and soul like no others with its impressive spire of flowers”. The symbol of remembrance is also associated with the gladiolus, which is very powerful due to the plant’s natural strength and stability as well as the and vibrant colours that they can be as it represents the power of the memories they hold.

Natasha Perkin

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