Thursday, February 13, 2014

Our Hearts are in the Garden: Happy Valentine's Day! by Carol King and Donna Duffy


Photo courtesy weedsandseedswap.com
Legends and lore abound on why we celebrate Valentine’s day by giving flowers to our loved ones.  Here’s one of my favorites. This one involves the lore of forbidden love and has been favored over other stories by hopeless romantics.

Emperor Claudius II issued an edict forbidding marriage because he felt that married men did not make good, loyal soldiers to fight in his army. They were weak because of the attachment to their wives and family. St. Valentine was a priest who defied Claudius and married couples secretly because he believed so deeply in love. Valentine was found out, put in prison, and later executed.

The law of irony then came into play, as St. Valentine fell in love with the daughter of the Emperor. Prior to his beheading, St. Valentine handed the lady a written note and a single red rose - the very first valentine and the very first fresh flower.  From this, the gifting of flowers for Valentine's day began.

Enjoy these hearts from the garden and Happy Valentine's Day!
Heart Rock Garden
Cactus heart



Photo courtesy weedsandseedswap.com


Photo courtesy hdwallpapers

Love is where you find it!