02 June 2010

Rainy days, gold finch spotting and the meaning of flowers

Rain, rain, when will you stop?... We do see a sun break from time to time but how we would love to see some dry weather! Just enough to pull a few weeds, slow down the slug damage and enjoy our garden!

Our Corgi MacIntosh hates the rain and he looks so depressed when once again, we must pull his raincoat for his walk! No chance for doggie exploration either when it is so wet! Or for Frisbee catching... How sad!

Whilst sharing a cup of tea with a dear friend, we noticed (during a quick sun break) a small yellow bird which we believe to be an American Gold Finch. Lovely colours! Perhaps it is his nest we found in the clematis!

Since knitting is a perfect way to keep busy on such days, I found yet another site for "serious" knitter:
Amazing yarn! This site is perhaps not so much for the occasional knitter though but certainly worth a visit (or two... just to dream!)

I love to see a small posy on our table be it just a small bloom nested in some greenery and I have always wonder about the meaning of flowers.

It is said that tussie-mussies during Victorian times were a way to communicate special feelings. Mostly forgotten in our busy times I daresay, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion, while sunflowers indicate either haughtiness or respect.
Pansies signifies thoughtfulness, daffodils regards and ivy means fidelity.
Daisies means innocence or purity. Named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, Irises still represents the sending of a message.

I also learned that although very few species are mentioned in the Bible, flowers abounded in Palestine, Israel and Western Syria. It has been documented that two thousand to two thousand five hundred plants are found in the region of which about five hundred probably are similar to British wild-flowers!
There has to be a message there...

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