THE ANEMONE JOURNEY
Written by Lisa de Kock
We are stepping into anemone season, and since our logo is inspired by this delicate flower, we wanted to tell you a little bit more about it and why it is so significant to us. We are in love and absolutely intrigued by the anemone’s uniqueness and beauty, and we are so excited to share the deeper things that this flower has come to mean to us. We wanted our logo to mean something significant and to embody the identity and message of our business… so keep reading to see why we picked anemones (pun intended). The flower’s scientific name is anemone coronaria and is commonly known as the crown anemone. Anemone is a Greek word which means ‘the wind’s daughter’.
We want you to share in the enjoyment of this beautiful flower, and so we partnered with the beautiful NDK Illustrations for printable colour-in designs of anemones for you to download. These are perfect to print out, colour in, put in a frame or even use as a gift card. So get creative!
An impressive number of different anemone species (120 or so) are found throughout the world. Anemones come in all sorts of shades, varieties and colours, ranging from pink and white to red and yellow. Anemones are perennial flowers – this means that they have existed for an extremely long or apparently infinite amount of time. These flowers are quite something to behold in countries such as Israel and Jordan, and because of the many different varieties of anemones, it is possible to see anemones blooming in certain Middle Eastern countries all year round.
Anemone coronaria is called Kalanit in Hebrew, and traditionally means “lily of the field” or “flower”. The image of the carefree lily in Matthew 6: 28-30 remains a favourite: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” This scripture is an encouraging and wonderful reminder that God takes care of us and provides for all we need in beautiful and good ways. We are therefore called to be free from worry and fear and to joyfully rest in the grace and goodness of God.
As a new company, we wanted to establish a business identity that goes beyond what we do. In the events that we plan or the bouquets of flowers that we arrange, our aim is to create moments that are beautiful and that call for joyful celebration, no matter the season.
We drew inspiration for our logo from the white anemone coronaria with its paper-thin petals and deep purple centre. To us, the delicate white petals signify purity and refreshment. When we look at their snow-white petals, we think of how we have been washed clean by the richness of God’s grace. The anemone coronaria starts blooming during the winter month of July up to the beginning of spring. It therefore holds the promise of a new season as it blooms all the way through the transition from winter to spring. This element of the flower also symbolises the newness of life that comes from accepting the grace of God, and the new seasons that God is constantly announcing in our lives.
The petals of an anemone are fragile, sensitive and delicate. In the same way, we are fragile and sensitive beings who are very much in need of the grace and care of our God. The delicacy of this flower is a beautiful reminder that He has made us as intricately and delicately as the lilies (or anemones) of the field – if not more so! The purple core of the flower signifies royalty, reminding us that in being called God’s very own children, we are royal in His sight. The core is fine and detailed, and the colour within seems to ripple outward towards the centre of the white petals. Anemones multiply as the seeds from its core are scattered by the breeze, and so they bring beauty to the new environment where they sprout and bloom. In the same way, our aim is to beautify with that which we have been entrusted with. Just as the seeds flourish and bring beauty where they have fallen, we want to see the work of our hands flourish and beautify the lives of others.
Anemones have strong stems and grow best when they are rooted in a good foundation. To us, the strength of their stems signify a confidence and fearlessness that comes when we are firmly rooted in God’s love for us. We believe that one can only truly grow and bloom when Christ is the foundation of all that we do and are.
We are a mother-daughter duo, and we love to create, inspire and leave a bit of sunshine and hope wherever we go. We believe that flowers have the ability to create a sense of indescribable wonder and awe in people’s hearts. In the same way, we aspire to leave seeds of wonder and awe wherever we go and in whatever we create
Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand and we should walk in them”
We believe that this is the good works for which we have been created.
P.S. if you have some of these delicate beauties blooming in your garden or hope to plant some soon, here are some tips to keep them alive and happy:
Firstly, when planting your anemones, make sure that they are planted in sandy loam which is rich, light and offers good drainage. For newbies to the world of gardening, loam is soil that consists of sand, silt and clay soil, and this type of soil is ideal for planting anemones.
Anemones love balance, so plant them in a spot which gets enough sunlight but also offers some shade during the heat of the day. Plant your stems about 2cm below the ground and 2.5 cm apart. Water your anemones every four to five days, making sure that the soil doesn’t lose its moisture. Anemones can also grow in containers, so if you want to bring them indoors you can! If they are in containers, you will need to water them more regularly. Once again, give your anemones the balance that they love and deserve, and make sure that you don’t water them too often, since this can cause your anemones to rot.
But watering your anemones regularly and ensuring that the soil remains moist ought to do the trick!