About Flowers

"Some flowers spoke with strong
and powerful voices, which proclaimed
in accents trumpet-tongued,"I am beautiful,
and I rule". Others murmured in tones
scarcely audible, but exquisetly soft and sweet,
"I am little, and I am beloved"."
-- George Sand (Armandine A.L. Dupin), (1804 - 1876) French writer

Joy and jealousy, desire and dejection, solitude and sadness, loyalty and love flowers echo each voice of the human heart.

While the symbolic and legendary meanings of flowers were known to many during Elizabethan times, it was the Victorians who assigned simple messages to individual flowers. Introduced to the Swedish court in 1714 by Charles II, the Victorian mode of flower language soon spread throughout Europe.

During this time of strict protocol and conformity, men and women used the beauty and color of flowers to express emotions, wishes and thoughts they dared not speak, and every corsage, bouquet, and garland represented a carefully chosen sentiment. Presentation was also important; for example, a bouquet with a ribbon tied to the left told about the giver, while a ribbon tied to the right signified the receiver. Upside-down bouquets portrayed the exact opposite of the flowers' common meanings: to receive an inverted rose was the ultimate form of rejection.

Flower Language became so important that durch die Blume sprechen (speaking through flowers) became a Western proverb, which meant any flowery or poetic expression hiding a secret message of love.


Alstroemeria

Amarillis

Amaranthus

Anenome

Anthurium

Aster

Baby's Breath

Bird of Paradise

Bouvardia

Carnation

Chim Chim Chere

Cocscomb

Coffee Beans

Button Chrysanthemum

Cushion Chrysanthemum

Daisy Chrysanthemum

Sunflower Chrysanthemum

Daffodil

Delphinium

Hybrid Delphinium

Larkspur

Leptosperum

Liatris

Asiatic Lily

Casablanca Lily

Lily of the Valley

Stargazer Lily

Limonium

Lisianthus

Muscari

Cymbidium Orchid

Dendrobium Orchid

Oncidium Orchid

Phaelonopsis Orchid

Paperwhites

Peony

Queen Ann Lace

Ranuculus

Rose

Spray Roses

Snapdragon

Spider Mum

Statice

Stephenotis

Stock

Sunflower

SweetPea

Tulip

Verburum

Veronica

Wax Flower

White Lilac




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