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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Crocus

Ode to Valentinus - JAS Original

by Julie A Smith

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Art: Ode to Valentinus - JAS Original by Artist Julie  A Smith
According to the Meaning and Legends of Flowers website, legend says "that the crocus is connected to Valentine's Day. Valentinus was a 3rd century Roman physician who administered natural remedies. He was also a practicing Christian priest and prayed for his patients' healing. Unfortunately, Christian practices were not permitted under the reign of Claudius II, and Valentine was arrested and sentenced to death. The jailor's blind daughter was one of Valentine's patients. Just before his excecution, Valentine handed the jailor a note for the blind girl. In the note, he had wrapped a yellow crocus, the source of one of his healing herbs, saffron. As the jailor's blind daughter opened the note, her sight was restored and the first flower she saw was the yellow crocus which rivals the sun in its brightness. On the note, the physician had penned the following message: ~From your Valentine.~ It was the physician's last message and the world's first valentine. The day was February 14, 270 AD. "

This painting is for the crocus. The Lady collects the prized yellow crocus while admiring the white.

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