I love anemones. They have ‘my’ colours of purple and pink, and are so bright and cheerful. When I’ve had them in my garden they’ve not reappeared the next year, so I guess they don’t like my sandy soil. However I can enjoy the current display in Victoria Square.
Shakespeare wrote of anemones: “These flowers are like the pleasures of the world.” Greek mythology linked the red anemone, sometimes called the windflower, to the death of Adonis. This handsome young man was loved by Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Adonis enjoyed hunting, and one day when he was out hunting alone, he wounded a fierce boar, which stabbed him with its tusks. Aphrodite heard the cries of her lover and arrived to see Adonis bleeding to death. Red anemones sprang from the earth where the drops of Adonis’s blood fell. In another version of the story, the anemones were white before the death of Adonis, whose blood turned them red.
“Anemonies, purple and pink
are most attractive flowers I think.”