Today, the subject for our post will be a little different from our usual ones, but it does not stray too far from scarves. In a carmine red shade and adorned with a myriad of flowers more or less mysterious, we are going to talk about the flowers printed on Comtesse Sofia‘s best-selling scarf, “Afternoon on Carmine Street” and give you their meaning. Remember, we told you how to tie a scarf and even how to wear it, now it’s time to show you that scarves have a story too. We think it is always interesting to identify and know the meaning of our accessories and things we wear. Besides, who does not love flowers?
Offering flowers can either be a religious gesture or a gift, but the language of flowers differs from one culture to another. Therefore, some flowers are more favored than others and certain colors evoke different emotions. In addition to cultural differences, the meaning of flowers has evolved over time.
The Afternoon on Carmine Street shawl includes several flowers. We do not think of ourselves as flower experts, but we are going to present you in a few words what some of them mean: the heartsease, the Pink Cloud rose, the Vinca and the tulip.
- Heartsease, pansy (viola tricolor) :
The heartsease is a growing plant highly sought-after for its delicate flowers. The flower can have two or three colors. The petals can be purple, crimson, yellow, blue or white. The wild pansy can be used as herb tea to calm the nerves or in case of fever. The flower was mentioned in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The vinca flower is violet. According to some, its name comes from “vincere”, which means “vanquish” because the vinca can heal some illnesses. For philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, this flower evokes happiness and the memory of his “mommy”, Madame de Warens. Indeed, in his Confessions, the sight of this flower triggers fond memories of time spent with his “mommy” thirty years ago, a little like Proust’s madeleine.
Tulips symbolize love, and red tulips are used as a declaration of love.
This is a creeping rose obtained in 1952 in the US which is highly valued in France. Its flowers, like a cloud (but pink) come in clutters and are double. Their fragrance is subtle. They symbolize the blossoming beauty of a woman, and pink roses express joy, grace, sympathy, admiration and tenderness. A deep pink rose means gratitude. Rose buds are metaphorical for a blossoming love or friendship.
Anecdotes on roses : roses are the National Floral Emblem of the US and the state flower of several American states, including New York! In Ancient Greece and Rome, roses were sacred because they symbolized the Goddess of Beauty and Love (Aphrodite/Venus).
Sources : leblogjardin.com, wikipedia.
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