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The Language of Flowers

January 20, 2019

 

As a teenager I loved looking through old Victorian books about flowers.  You know the kind that had pretty fabric binding and that pages were worn and stained and the paper had that lovely old paper scent...I would get lost in the magic in those pages.

 

You know the ones with beautiful botanical illustrations with roses and their meanings - red roses mean love, orange roses mean fascination, pink roses mean grace, purple roses mean enchantment, and so on. But there's more to it, isn't there? Flowers speak a thousand words and there magic had enchanted us throughout the millennia.  I think this is where my fascination with the "power of one small flower" was birthed and it continues to grow as I learn from the flowers I encounter each day.  It’s why I so love to pour out the power and significance that each flower has to impact and move us.

 

The language of flowers, from the Victorian-era was a means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. I think this is such a romantic and lovely notion and would love to conger up beautiful intentions through the bouquets we create for you to express your special kind of love. This language was most commonly communicated through tussie-mussies (small flower bouquets), an art which has a following today." (Wikipedia)  We would love to create a tussie-mussy just for you. 

 

And what a novel idea for Valentine's Day? Flowers speak a thousand words, particularly the lovely kind! What words do you want to send to your love this Valentine's Day?   Take the time to create your very own tussie- mussy.  It can be our little secret or you can share its special meaning with the receiver :) the choice is yours.

  • Agapanthus- a love letter

  • Anemone - abandonment, forsaken

  • Calla - magnificent beauty, purity and majesty

  • Camellia - excellence, my destiny is in your hands

  • Carnation (deep red) - Alas! For my poor heart

  • Chrysanthemum - hope, cheerfulness under adversity

  • Chrysanthemum (white) - truth

  • Clematis - mental beauty

  • Daisy (colourful) - beauty

  • Daisy (white) - innocence

  • Delphinium - swiftness, levity

  • Freesia - calm, lasting friendship

  • Gypsophila - everlasting love

  • Heather - protection

  • Hyacinth - young love

  • White Hyacinth- beauty

  • Purple Hyacinth- please forgive me

  • Hydrangea - boastful, heartfelt gratitude for being understood

  • Ivy - friendship, fidelity

  • Larkspur - lightness, levity

  • Lavender - mistrust

  • Lily (white) - virtue, majesty

  • Myrtle - love

  • Orchid - ecstasy, refined beauty

  • Olive branch - peace

  • Peony - bashfulness

  • Poppy - dreams, fantastic extravagance

  • Queen Anne's Lace - Fantasy

  • Ranunculus - you are radiant with charms

  • Rose - love

  • Rose (burgundy) - unconscious beauty

  • Rose (cabbage/garden) - ambassador of love

  • Rose (deep red) - bashful

  • Rose (white) - silence, a heart unacquainted with love

  • Scabiosa - unfortunate love

  • Snapdragon - presumption

  • Sweet Pea - delicate pleasures

  • Star of Bethlehem- Innocence and purity

  • Stock - lasting beauty

  • Tulip (red) - declaration of love

  • Tulip (variegated) - beautiful eyes

  • Veronica - fidelity

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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