Monday, February 13, 2012

The Language of Flowers

 "O, Tiger-Lily!"said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, "I wish  you could talk!" "We can talk," said the Tiger-Lily, "when there's anybody worth talking to." Alice in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass
Today's Focus:
*Language of Flowers

Ah, as the heart turns to Valentines Day, we bless the existence of flowers and their beauty. But did you know flowers were used for more than gifts?

Back in Victorian times, people did not bathe regularly and therefore flowers were most helpful in hiding odors that were not appreciated. A 'Tussie-Mussie', or nosegay of flowers were often used to wave in front of the nose.In England during Elizabethan times, judges carried tussie-mussies into their courtrooms to protect against 'gaol fever'.Tussie-Mussies were typically a small, round nosegay of different flowers used to convey a coded message. The Victorians also turned flower-giving into an art. It was a common practice at the beginning of a courtship for suitors to give their intended a tussie-mussie.

The Language of Flowers
Floriography, the Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowed individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. Sometimes a small piece of paper was enclosed to make sure the meaning was understood, since many flower dictionaries have been compiled and many are very different.But, more often than not, it was a secret language of lovers, and they did not want any paper evidence left to be discovered.

So, here are some interpretations of flower languages so you can send a secret message tussie-mussie to the one you love!
Rosemary.... remembrance
Artemesia....dignity wishes
Calla or flair
Red Geranium....comfort, health
Pine....loyality, longevity
Blue salvia....I think of You
White Zinnia....the thoughts of absent friends
Red Roses....passionate love
sunflowers....haughtiness or respect
White Rose....chastity or virtue
Yellow Rose....friendship or devotion
Daisy....innocence or purity
Iris....sending of a message
Anemone....disappearance of hope
Jonquil....return my affection

These are just a few ideas to get you started! Have a comment to share? We would love to hear from you. Click here to share!

1 comment:

Cindy Poore said...

Love this one Barbara!
I Blue Salvia
With Yellow Rose
and Daffodil!

(a great combination by the way!)