167/2011 symbols

167/2011 symbols, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This sight of calla lilies blooming in an English front garden, startled me today. In Finland, or at least for me, they are first and foremost a funeral flower. I would never have them in a vase at home, or plant them in my garden. Beautiful as they are, they would only make me all sad and mournful. It’s interesting to compare the differences in cultural symbols and connotations.


2 Responses to “167/2011 symbols”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    June 18, 2011 at 15:44

    Also – living in a country with lots of snow, I refuse to plant white flowers – enough white all winter! Lilies like this make me get stuffed up and sneeze. I would rather they were in an outdoor garden than anywhere indoors.

  2. 2 sinikka
    June 19, 2011 at 13:38

    Interestingly, Susan, I do enjoy white flowers in general even if I live in a snowy place, too. But I agree with you about the strong fragrance of some lilies – they sometimes give me a headache inside the house.

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