Flowers and leaves, the Indian way

As a child, I was fascinated by a floating posy of violets painted by Albrecht Dürer which was proudly displayed in my grandmother's living room. I can't define what struck me the most: the fact that it was floating on the canvas and painted with a symbolic purpose; or the fact that it was a lonely bouquet ready to be given to a loved one. Since I was a child, I loved botanical gardens and have always been interested in gardening, buying, and reviving dried and abandoned supermarket plants. I used to have a book called the "language of flowers" that explains the meanings of flowers and plants. Secretive messages were sent through flowers to convey an interest in a relationship, deeper feelings or rejection. Colours expressed variations in intent and emotions as well. Many cultures and traditions associate symbolic meanings to plants and flowers. In India, floral species reflect a range of qualities attributed to the gods and goddesses. Flowers and leaf garlands, petals of various hues, shrubs, and roots find their way every morning into open air markets within close proximity to the temples.

Regardless of whether it is their ephemeral beauty or the symbolism that Indian flowers convey, I wanted to write about them and I happily contributed to Blumenhaus Magazine n°1 with "Flowers and leaves the Indian way".

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