Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Time for a Little Romance?

The Language of Flowers or, Floriography was a big thing during the Victorian era. The idea of sending secret, coded messages in a bunch of flowers seems quite tame and rather whimsy to us now but back then, wowsers!! You could give a boyfriend the elbow, send a sinister message of hate to an enemy or of course, a passionate message to a new love, all in the choice of flowers you used in your Tussie-Mussie or Nosegay. Blimey! I will never look at my garden in quite the same way again after looking up what some of my humble favourites mean. (These photos are all of my parents garden back in Essex, care of Dad.) 

Azalea for passion

Red roses for passion and romantic love

If you get pink ones this could be a message of
lesser affection

Primula or Primroses are for eternal love

Peony is for bashfulness or perhaps shame

I adore Irises and sending or receiving them
could mean good news as the Iris was named for
the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology

Yellow roses are for undying love. Think Yellow Rose of Texas
and tying yellow ribbons round old Oak trees.

Lavender, like so many flowers in Floriography has two
possible meanings, devotion but also distrust.

The adorable little cat here is called Daisy, and a cutey she is too.
Representing the flower of the same name, Daisy
apparantly means purity. Has anyone told the cat? 

Whatever you may receive today, enjoy it for the true gift of love that it is and take all this with an enormous pinch of salt.  Just be thankful we are not living in the Victorian times.

Happy Valentine's Day


Claire said...

Interesting to find out their meanings-its a fascinating subject,Jarnie


beautiful collection ..i love the top photo...the meanings can enrich a sketch or a study.

Rebecca said...

What a great post! The language of flowers is utterly fascinating, isn't it? Your parents are quite the gardeners, too! The plants look so healthy and lush. What lovely pictures here- can imagine how beautiful the garden is to see in person.

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Hello all, and thanks for your comments. I really enjoyed researching this little post. There are so many meanings for every flower you can think of. I tmust have been quite exhausting back in the Victorian times!

Janene said...

Interesting post, Jarnie! I think it is great that the Victorians were so into flowers, although a bouquet could end up being a relational minefield if you weren't careful! I enjoyed the photos as well.

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Hi Janene, glad this post has been useful. Lots to think about with this topic. It would seem that back then, you would have had to be really careful with your choice.