Language of Flowers Selections - "GLADIOLUS: STRENGTH OF CHARACTER"
Susan Loy of Literary Calligraphy in Moneta, VA, joins text from literary classics or Biblical passages with delicate watercolor images and creates a unique bond between fine art and literature.
To the ancient Romans, a gladius was a sword, and a little sword was a gladiolus -- often used by gladiators. The Roman author Pliny the Elder applied the word gladiolus to the flower that is distinguished by its long, sword-shaped leaves, and the name stuck. The theme of the Emily Dickinson text is strength of character:
"We never know how high we are
"Gladiolus: Strength of Character"
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