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Cupids – On The Move!

Dear Friends:

To celebrate romantic February, I write about an interesting love story.  And for those of you “in love”, I thought I’d play cupid to help you get to the heart of the matter…

Nicolas Robert (1614-1685) was the son of an innkeeper.  He became the most accomplished botanical illustrator in Europe in the 17th century. In 1634, Robert’s fame brought him to the attention of Charles de Sainte-Maure, future Duke of Montausier, who wished to give his beloved Julie-Lucine d’Angennes (1607-1671) a collection of love verses prepared in collaboration with the most fashionable poets of his time.  These verses, embellished with Robert’s paintings exalted Julie’s beauty and other qualities through the theme of flowers.


Julie was a very popular woman and rather indifferent to the ways of marriage. She had put off several suitors and at the age of 34 (quite an advanced age for a single woman of the 1600’s!) Sainte-Maure fearing her apparent indifference to him produced an even more lavish version of his album of love, calling it Guirlande de Julie (Julie’s Garland), which he gave to his beloved in 1641. His pursuit was interrupted by the necessity to leave for war, but he ultimately won her over and three years later they were married.


Robert’s artistry brought him to the attention of the French court and ultimately acquired for him a position as painter to the king succeeding Daniel Rabel.  A happy ending for all!


The creation of floral arrangements that give messages appeared before the middle ages. If you’re intending to send your beloved flowers this Valentine’s day, consider the following:  Forget-Me-Nots express true love; Honey Flowers announce love, sweet and secret; Pink or Red Double Carnations express pure and ardent love. Red Rosebuds exclaim your love is pure and the beloved is lovely.  Now the Rose may simply state “Love,” but you can always add for extra punch Orange Blossoms that proclaim, “Your purity equals your loveliness” or the Pine-apple that states your absolute satisfaction with “You are perfect!”


Now if you are intending on a new romance, skip the Yellow Rose, because it will destroy your chances of conquest by saying your love has decreased or that you are a jealous lover. If there is a new prospect on the horizon, it would be better to send Purple Lilacs to announce your first emotions of love, or the beautiful Red Tulip to “Declare your Love,” and while you are at it, be sure to add a few Snowdrops for Hope!

Remember, when all else fails, try chocolate.

Happy Valentine’s Day! God bless. OM

Chocolate Makes Me Happy by O.M.Braida©


Academy of Botanical Artsm

Sarasota Studio 20 w/ OM Braida
2068 Sunnyside Lane, Sarasota, FL 34239

Open Registration  – To Register, Call 941-953-9999

February 2,4, 9, 16, 23

March 2,4,9, 16, 18, 23, 30

April 1, 6, 8, 13, 20, 27

This May we are closed!  Classes resume in June

June 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29

July 1, 6, 7, 13, 15, 20, 27

School closed August and September

Classes resume October 12, 2017


Academy of Botanical Artsm

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens w/ OM Braida
900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Chagall-Esque Part I –

Celebrating Marc Chagall w loosely painted botanicals in watercolor!

Join us for the fun of expressing colors as influence by this great artist!

To Register

Or Call Laura Avery 941-366-5731 x239

Wednesday to Friday, February 15, 16, 17, 2017 –

Noon to 5:00pm


A Dozen Ways to Read of Love

1.     The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

2.     A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion Hardcover –by Mandy Kirkby  (Author), Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Foreword)

3.     The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray

4.     Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees by Ernst Lehner and Johanna Lehner

5.     For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics by Roger Housden

6.     Love Poems by Pablo Neruda and Donald D. Walsh

7.     Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

8.     One Hundred Love Sonnets: Cien sonetos de amor (English and Spanish Edition) by Pablo Neruda and Stephen Tapscott

9.     The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz by Hafiz and Daniel Ladinsky

10.   I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy by Hafiz and Daniel Ladinsky

11.   The Gift by Hafiz and Daniel Ladinsky

12.   Love Poem Collection: The Greatest Love Poems of All Time by George Chityil

Weather’s Joy – God’s Desiring

By Sheila Smith Drapeau

The weather each morning changes –

dramatically or imperceptibly.
Embrace it, for it is God’s gift –

an environment that greets us

each day with newness.

Our relationship with God dawns every day,

new to us in how we will act and react,

in His name, to Him and to others.

Our response to His graces are human and hormonal, mental changes that, like the weather,

will shift and change.

God welcomes these changes in us.

They are our humanity challenged.

We must seek one constant – that,

despite our mood and daily shifts of such,

we stay constant to God.

Loving Him and listening to Him in a new way,

but constant in our desire for Him every day.



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