Although most people prefer the sunny days instead of the cold, rainy ones, it seems that we can’t appreciate the gifts of each season, if we want to skip the natural cycle. In other words, we can’t really enjoy the summer without the winter, and the spring without the autumn or vice versa. However, in the temperate zones of the north hemisphere of Earth, the spring has already passed on the torch to the summer, the temperature increases day by day, the daylight is longer and many flowers are still blooming.
As masters of storytelling, Ancient Greeks could do nothing less than pumping their imagination into creating juicy stories and myths about the origins of flowers. Below our beloved ones:
Anemone (or the windflower): a silent friend
There is a Greek myth about the red anemones that involves a love & tragedy story -as we have previously discussed here, Ancient Greeks were interested in these life topics- between Adonis and Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of beauty and love. One day Adonis was hunting in the woods alone, when a fierce boar attacked him and injured him fatally. Aphrodite heard his screams and as soon as she arrived, Adonis had passed away. It is said that trying to transfer her lover’s body with her chariot out of the woods, blood drops fell into the ground, and that was the place where the red anemones sprung from the earth.
Anemones are considered to bring luck and warn people when rain is coming by closing their petals.
*blooming period: spring