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The Blue Flower in Romanticism


I have always loved true blue flowers and recently I found out that the concept of the Blue Flower was a big thing in German Romanticism. This Wiki page explains

I knew that the quest for a blue Rose was a big thing in horticulture, but I only found out about the symbolism of the Blue Flower in the Arts of the Romantic period when Reading a biography of CSLewis. I think The description of what the Blue flower meant to the Romantics of the 19th Century is very much how I feel myself about true blue flowers. I wonder how many feel the same?

Maybe you have some other ideas about blue flowers? To be honest, the blue rose thing has never interested me. I’m glad they gave up on it!

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That's a coincidence K...I decided to be brave and try growing the Meconopsis...ordered from a Scottish nursery....both plants have been mollicodled I must say....both have produced foliage one a triple flower head...should open any day.Their blue colour varies so much.
The Lithodora plant I love. An intense blue but tends to become smothered by other plants.
The blue rose I found uninteresting very prickly too and not very blue.Afraid I discarded it.

16 May, 2023


I’m going back in my memory banks with this one for at one time I had a great interest in the “ sturm und drang” movement which caused the demise of the “ age of reason” and popularized the Romantic Era. Goethe’s writings of unrequited love caught fire in the youth of that time to such an extent that there was an epidemic of suicides in the young adolescent culture of that time. A German author and poet whose pen name was “Novalis” was the one who initially attributed the blue flower to mean the deepest desire and yearning that one could have and that now, one could express freely and no longer hide and repress. As Cicero would say.. Oh Tempora, Oh Mores!

19 May, 2023


Lovely blog and feedback from Julia and Loosestrife.
I, too, love blue flowers.

20 May, 2023


There is a quest in the daylily world for an all blue and a pure white flower. Someone once said that by the time there is an all blue one, all the names for a blue one will have been used to describe the partial ones.

21 May, 2023


What lovely feedback everyone. Loosestrife, that is amazing to read about the spate of suicides. I have sung a lot of songs with Goethe lyrics and yes….so deep and emotional.

Wylie..that is like the roses too…so many with blue in the name and none of them blue!

23 May, 2023


Better late than never … I love blue flowers, particularly Cornflowers and Penstemon “heavenly blue”. But my favourite is Phlox Chattahoochee which is a very pretty ‘wedgewood’ blue 🙂.
Interesting blog Karen!

8 Aug, 2023

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