Firstly, a big thankyou to RonnieAG, Paree and NaturesHaven for their User Awards on my Osteo Quartet. Thankyou Ronnie, Maureen and Julia.
The word "love" is used in the naming of many flowers, and of course flowers are often given with love. There's a link there somewhere.
This is Morning Glory, a trumpet-shaped twining vine, aptly named because it blooms in the morning and dies by the afternoon.
In Chinese folklore, they represent a single day for lovers to meet. In the traditional Chinese tale attached to the flower, two young lovers, Chien Niu and Chih Neu, fell in love and neglected their duties in caring for water buffalo and sewing. In anger, gods separated the lovers on opposite sides of the Silver River and allowed them to meet just one day each year. So it is symbolic of that single day each year in which the Chinese lovers are allowed to meet.
Also because the flowers blossom in the morning and die by afternoon or nightfall, in the Victorian meaning of flowers, they signify love, affection or mortality. They represent the sometimes fleeting nature of affection, but because the vine produces new flowers every day during its growth season, they also represent the renewable nature of love. Given its short lifespan, it also signifies unrequited love. Images of morning glory vines can be found on Victorian headstones, symbolizing mortality, mourning, the shortness of life, or resurrection.
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