Violets are known as the modesty flower, referring to the tiny blossoms nestled shyly among the rich green leaves. Historically, the flower depicted the humble Mary receiving word of her divine calling to be the mother of Jesus. Her love enshrouds her beauty just as the heart-shaped leaves enshroud the beautiful blooms. Often violets are the silent flower, peeking from the shade garden where they grow just as Mary was in the shadows of the cross at the crucifixion of her son.
In the ancient world, violets became the emblem of Athens, labeled the “Violet-Crowned City”. Therefore, the Athenians decorated everything from festivities to feasts to funerals, wearing crowns on their heads and scattering the blossoms around themselves. Like the Greeks, Persians found the innocent nature of the flower to be a healer, especially of a broken heart. Even today, the simple wild violets in the garden or the African violets at the store offer a sense of healing with their quiet, long-lasting blooms.
Thus, violets symbolize pure love without guile, a constancy and commitment to loving relationships. As a sign of honor to the couple achieving 50 years of marriage, violets are often sent with admiration and respect attached.
The deep blue and purple violets tell of the promise to be true and faithful.
Yellow violets state that one has goodness and worth.
White violets seek happiness through loyalty and purity.
Truly, February’s flower is one befitting anyone’s Valentine.
Seek to cultivate the beautiful life.
Robyn J. Mock