Language of Flowers

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

Stumbled upon the language of flowers, sometimes called floriography. It was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages allowing people to express their feelings without saying a word.

Having a tough time envisioning a person standing in front of a garden, or floral counter, composing a secret message and even if they did, should you just assume that the person receiving the flowers knows each of their meanings?  Sorry … just trailing off and taking the fun out of it.

However I can take credit for knowing what different color roses have to say …

Red Rose – Love ; I love you
• White Rose – Eternal Love; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence
• Pink Rose – Perfect happiness; please believe me
• Yellow Rose – Friendship; jealousy; try to care
• Black Rose – Death

Then I started wondering what my garden was saying …

  • Lily of the Valley – Sweetness, Humility, Returning Happiness, Trustworthy
  • Sunflowers – Pure and Lofty
  • Blue Iris – Faith and Hope
  • Hollyhock – Ambition
  • Daisy – Innocence, Purity, Cheer, Simplicity
  • Ivy – Dependence, Endurance
  • Coreopsis – Always Cheerful
  • Purple Lilac – First Emotion of Love
  • Sage – Wisdom, Long Life
  • Lily – Purity
  • Dandelion: Oracle of Time, Love, Faithfulness and Happiness

What’s your garden saying, besides weed me?


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