|Marys Gardens and Flowers|
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|Christian flower symbolism, with origins in the books of Wisdom and the Prophetic books of the Bible, was very early applied to Mary by the Church Fathers. In time, flowers of Our Lady came to symbolize many aspects of Mary's life, virtues, and mysteries. Christians enjoyed beholding these Marian flowers in nature and would gaze upon them in prayer and meditation|
symbolizes innocence; also the breath and power of the Holy Spirit (divine inspiration).
(from the latin word "dove", columba)
its circle of petals is thought to resemble doves. Blue is the color traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The blue columbine symbolizes fidelity, and often appears in paintings of Our Lady.
the pink and red color exemplify love. The red carnation with its spicey fragrance brings to our remembrance the Crucifixion and Christ's "love unto death". But, the name "carnation" also reminds us of the Incarnation of Christ that occurred at the Annunciation, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed His Blessed Mother.
blooms its florets in a crown-like ring around the edges of each flower head. In this, we raise our thoughts to Mary's coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth. On May 1st, we demonstrate our honor to MARY, as images of her are crowned with floral wreaths.
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are shaped similar to a tiny daisy, but have small blue petals with a golden center. These remind us of the eyes of Mary, our Spiritual Mother in heaven. [Yes, in many apparitions, Mary's eyes have appeared to be blue.] These small, but pretty little flowers can reassure us, that Her gaze is upon us and toward us.
from the latin word for "sword")
sword-shaped leaves also symbolize "piercing sorrows"; and "martyrdom" for red gladiolus.
has been named "Mother Love" from the constancy of its blooms during the entire period from spring to frost. We turn to Mary, Our Mother, knowing she is constant in her love for her Divine Son and for us, her spiritual children. We also know that she is constantly present in heaven as our Advocate and Intercessor, yet also at our side mediating the graces she obtains for us.
older names were "flag" or "sword lily")
the deep-blue color refers to Mary's faithfulness, and the blade-shaped foliage denotes the sorrows that "pierced her heart". The iris is the "fleur-de-lis" of France.
flowing green ivy vines stand for eternity and fidelity.
buds appear "tear-like" in shape. We unite our thoughts with those of Mary as she wept at the foot of the Cross, sharing interiorly the bitter Passion of her crucified Divine Son and Lord. She is Our Sorrowful Mother.
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white color and perfume-like scent symbolize Mary's purity, humility, and loving obedience to the will of God.
|The white Madonna Lily
portrays the Immaculate Conception, purity, and perpetual virginity of Mary, the Mother of God. It also symbolizes the Annunciation.
suggest Our Lady's splendor after her glorious Assumption into Heaven. She is the "Woman clothed with the sun" and our "Queen" in gilded clothing. We ask her to pray that we may obtain the promise of heaven.
is another blue flower, one that can raise our thoughts to Our Lady's Mantle. And, to her spiritual mantle of heavenly protection for those who turn to her for help. Mary is the Mother of our all-powerful God. We beseech her protection from all dangers.
blooms were named for the praises that rise from the lips of her devotees. "Our Lady's praises" are sweet smelling and subtle flowers in a garden dedicated to Mary.
was claimed in an old legend to have sprung up at the foot of the Cross from Jesus' redemptive shed blood. It's not impossible that it could have because today red poppies color many hillsides in the Holy Land during spring and early summer. Mary stood near the foot of the Cross and beheld Our Savior.
is regarded as the "queen of flowers", and symbolizes Mary, the Queen of Heaven. A universal symbol of love, its color, lovely form and fragrance, as well as its thorns signify Mary's role in salvation history as the Mother of God. Her Son, Our Savior, was crowned with thorns and shed His blood on the Cross for love of mankind. The rose, arising from a throny bush, also signifies Mary, the Mystical Rose, "our fallen Nature's solitary boast", who alone of the human race was conceived without sin. The petals of the spiritual roses perceived to rise from the lips of those praying the Aves and Paters of the Rosary (as the origin of the name "Rosary" is, of course, the rose).
bring to mind the "little feet and shoes of Jesus" by the tiny shape of their blooms. We envisage Mary's loving motherly care for Him in their Nazareth home. May we, like Mary, nurture and protect the innocence and purity of our own children through prayer, love, and godly living – instructing them in the truths and virtues of the Faith.
also brings to mind Christ's Cross by its tiny "cross-shaped" flowers. On the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) and the Third Station of the Cross: Jesus meets His mother.
the violet's rich color, delicacy, sweet fragrance and heart-shaped leaves, symbolize Mary's constancy, humility and purity of heart.