Spotlight on the Anemone
One of my absolute favourite flowers is the graceful and delicate anemone, I love how it resembles a poppy but has distinctive characteristics all of its own. The anemone comes in a variety of bright colours and has inspired people throughout the centuries. It's no wonder then, that there's a wealth of symbolism associated with this beautiful bloom. Interestingly, many Eastern cultures view the anemone as a symbol of bad luck and many Western cultures view it as a symbol of good luck and protection against illness and evil. Often, the anemone is also known as the 'windflower' this comes from the Greek meaning of anemone, 'the winds daughter'.
It gained this name because of myths involving the Greek gods of the four winds, but the meaning of the flower are also tied to the story of Adonis and Aphrodite. The Goddess of love kept Adonis as her companion for too long and the other gods killed him, so she wept over his grave and her tears for her fallen love grew into Anemone flowers. (Source Flower Meaning)
The many meanings of the anemone include the Greek myths which give the anemone dual meaning; the arrival of the spring winds and the loss of a loved one to death. The Victorians also used the flower to represent the loss of a loved one or forsaken and forgotten love and affection. Chinese and Egyptian cultures view the anemone as symbolizing illness due to its (white) colour, whilst European peasants used to carry them to ward off illness. The flower naturally closes up at night which has led to it symbolising an approaching rainstorm or something new about to happen in your life. The flower is also commonly associated with the realm of fairies and magic; the fairies were thought to sleep under the petals after they closed at sunset.
And on top of all that, the colour of the anemone can also affect its meaning!
Red and Pink blooms often represent the loss of a loved one, or losing a loved one to someone else.
White blooms are often used in funerals and to mark the passing of life in many Eastern cultures.
Purple and Blue blooms represent warding off illness and evil and bringing good luck.
With such a wealth of meaning behind it, the anemone can be used in many different arrangements and to mark different passages of life. The delicate white bloom would make a wonderful tribute to mark someone's life in a funeral arrangement. The anemone can be used to celebrate big changes in someone's life, in wedding bouquets or to wish someone well in a new job or house. They also make a lovely gift to someone who is unwell.
Ultimately, I view the anemone as a hopeful flower, always looking to the future and what may lie just around the corner.
(The anemone peak season in the UK is November-April making it a wonderful choice for winter weddings :)