Friday, 7 February 2014

Floral Friday - Something Romantic

February. The sun is warm and the days are long. The new year is just settling in and slowly my weekly routine starts to take shape. I am reminded that Valentines Day is just around the corner and I can't help but roll my eyes at the consumerist nature of everyone/everything around me.

I know the meaning of the day is forever lost with most of society. True love seems to only be bought. Whether it is a diamond necklace, a 5 course dinner or a holiday to the Hunter Valley, Valentines Day has become a consumerist smorgasbord for couples to show off their relationship status to the world in the fanciest way possible.

Me? I'm more simple than that. I don't believe in Valentines Day. I don't believe in picking one day of the year to show more love to your partner. You should me loving you partner more and more everyday, rather than one day of the year. Furthermore, this day shouldn't be spent just with your partner. It is not solely about that type of love alone. To me, the day should be spent loving everyone that is close to you - loving your family, your friends and even passersby. 


If I were to choose a flower to recieve on Valentines Day however, I would choose the Dahlia. Not only is it's name so beautiful but its grace and elegance stands out to me. Walking through the local florist I was immediately drawn to its bold colours and its ability to look more beautiful alone that in a bunch. A solitary Dahlia is so beautiful and romantic to me. I then found out that the Dahlia symbolises an eternal bond between two people - how much more romantic can you get. Eternal love is something that cannot be broken and cannot be tarnished. It holds true forevermore and stands strong all the days of your life - not just on February 14th. How amazing.

So next week, on Valentines Day, I hope you will be showered with love from everyone around you. I pray, however, that this love will continue to be shared with you all year round and that you will continue to love others more and more everyday. I mean, that is what we need in life after all - just a little bit of love.

***Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog. com) for next month's theme or visit her here

Click on the pictures below to check out some other Floral Friday posts for this month!

27 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I never knew Dahlia symbolized an eternal bond. So appropriate for this post.

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  2. they are amazing! I too think the love should be shared around and shown everyday :)

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  3. Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers ever. Your dahlias are simply amazing and your photography is well done!

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  4. Beautiful photos of Dahlia flowers! Floral Fridays seem so fun, but I have like absolutely zero knowledge of flowers.

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  5. I definitely agree.
    Valentine's Day shouldn't be an excuse to show you love your partner. It should be showed every day. Lovely post, although I have to admit myself, I am quite excited for Valentine's Day this year.

    Amazing photos lovely. x

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  6. I never knew that about Dahlia's! Makes me love them even more now. My husband is born on Valentine's Day and we have an eternal back and forth with him trying to make it about Valentine's Day and me trying to make the day about him :)

    x Jasmine

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    1. What a lovely day that must be for both of you! Happy (early) Birthday to him x

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  7. Lovely to learn about the Dahlia and I enjoyed your gorgeous post and photographs.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  8. And now I have another new fave flower - the Dahlia! I love the way you photographed them individually, and then as a bunch. What beautiful flowers they are. x

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  9. Exactly! :)
    Tulip is my favorite flower, but I love dahlias, especially the deep dark burgundy ones.... :)

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  10. I have the same feeling about Valentine's Day. Love should be celebrated every day.
    Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. The way you described them is just lovely!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  11. Very enlightening post, it was great that I was able to learn a bit more about something we all take for granted. I'll be heeding your advice and spending it with those who I hold dear. Happy Valentine's Day in advance, to you and your loved ones! <3

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  12. Great photos! Perfect post!


    I follow you blog, I hope you follow me back, thanks!

    -Alexander and Elena
    www.lifeallen.com

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  13. Beautiful photos! And dahlias are one of my favorites! Great choice and agree with you on valentines!

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  14. Hi Sam, your photos are amazing! I agree with what you said in your post: consumerism makes everything so trivial as we should never lose sight of the really important things of life, before all the love that surrounds us and that we have the opportunity to show everyone that we are neighbors! A big hug from Italy. Paola from http://ilpaeseincantato.blogspot.it/

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  15. Such beautiful flowers - you've captured them wonderfully! :)

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  16. Ah agreed with you on Valentines day. You shouldn't have to use a commercialized holiday as an excuse to do something extra special. It should be an every day thing.

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  17. This is a beautiful idea Sam!

    I hope that we all love a bit more each day that passes :) I'm spending the day with my closest girls and we are going to have luxury food and a movie marathon. I could not be more excited or love those girls more :)

    Your flower photography is kind of amazing. Okay, that is all haha :) xoxo

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    1. That actually sounds perfect Meg. This is what I'm talking about. Valentines Day is about Love and Love only!

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  18. This post is ridiculously gorgeous :) LOVE floral Fridays so much and AHHHH you're on our blog this week! xoxo

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    1. I'm on your blog!!! So incredibly awesome. Thank you

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  19. dahlias are pretty flowers. i had them in my wedding for the bridesmaids bouquets. i wanted them as soon as i saw them!

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  20. All these flowers are beautiful, and I love your dress! My mom taught me how to grow dahlias when I was growing up, but they're a lot of work...

    x. jill
    beck daily

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