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  FLOWERS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY

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Daphne -Laurel tree
She was a young beautiful nymph, daughter of the river god Peneus. She was a huntress who dedicated herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and, like the goddess, refused to marry. She was pursued by many admirers but she rejected every lover, including the powerful son of Zeus, Apollo.  Apollo fell in love with Daphne, and when she rejected his advances, he pursued her through the woods. Daphne got frightened and prayed to her father for help. Whereupon her father told her that he would protect her by turning her into a Laurel Tree on the bank of his river (Greek native daphne). When Apollo came looking for Daphne, her father told him that she was transformed into a Laurel tree. Apollo then cut off some branches and made himself a wreath in memory of her beauty and his love for her.

Apollo made laurel his sacred tree. He appropriated the laurel wreath, since then called DAPHNE in Greek, for champions and those who strived for excellence in their chosen fields, i.e. in the ancient Olympic Games all the champions were crowned with a DAPHNE.

rose red plant.JPG (29381 bytes)Rose-Rose
Many legends exist about the rose. In a Greek myth, the rose was created by the goddess of flowers, Chloris. On day, she found the lifeless body of a nymph in the woods and she turned her into a flower. She called upon Aphrodite, goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of wine. Aphrodite gave the flower beauty as her gift and Dionysus added nectar to give it a sweet fragrance. Zephyrus, god of the West Wind, blew the clouds away so Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. That is how the rose was created and rightfully crowned "Queen of Flowers".

Aster-Elegance and Daintiness. Talisman of Love.
It is said that this kind of flowers began to grow from the tears of Asterea, the Greek goddess of the starry sky (also known as Virgo in Rome), who cried because she saw no stars when she looked down upon the e
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