Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Words

Narcissus------- A Boeotian hero whose archaic was a cautionary tale warning boys against being cruel to their lovers. In Greek mythology he was renowned for his beauty in some story's he is exceptionally cruel in that he disdains those who love him. As divine punishment he falls in love with his reflection in a pool of water and became a Narcissus flower.
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7 comments:

Maggie Ann said...

I'm glad I didn't know the tale behind that dainty little flower! Greek mythology can't hold a candle to God can it. I'm just up and its overcast here....it always makes me feel like its the middle of the night! Can't wait for the sun to appear. I've a room full of books to sort through this morning and I'm loathe to part with any of them. I must! They are overflowing all over the place. Such friends they are to me....=)

W. Latane Barton said...

I love narcissus. My aunt had a section of her garden devoted to narcissus and she would cut a bouquet to take to her classroom. I remember how they smelled from back then.

Cal said...

I didn't know that story about the Narcissus flower. Thanks. Cal

Mildred said...

Thanks for sharing that story.
I have a few blackberry lily bulbs I am going to mail you. I have never planted the seeds (on purpose!!!) so I don't know if they will come up this Autumn or in the Spring. You can add these bulbs to that same area and that way you will have some that are sure to bloom next year! Hope you have a great evening.

Shelley said...

Pretty flower - thank you for sharing the story!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I haven't seen Narcissus flowers in a long time. A most interesting story, I have never heard it told.

Maggie Ann said...

Thanks Patsy for coming over and leaving a comment...I keep falling off my diet too...I've been enjoying baking very much lately.