A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers by Mandy Kirkby

By Mandy Kirkby

“A flower isn't really a flower by myself one thousand concepts make investments it.” Daffodils sign new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs suggest the 1st feelings of affection, periwinkles gentle recollection. Early Victorians used vegetation in order to show their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern day romantics are having fun with a resurgence of this bygone customized, and this booklet will proportion the ancient, literary, and cultural importance of flora with an entire new new release. With lavish illustrations, a twin dictionary of plant life and meanings, and proposals for developing expressive preparations, this souvenir is the fitting compendium for everybody who has ever given or bought a bouquet.

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The young bride admires a cluster of the flowers, and her fiancé goes forward to pick them for her, but falls into the river. ’ The forget-me-not is native to Britain but its name was not used until the nineteenth century. It caught on very quickly, almost certainly popularized by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who had travelled in Germany and would have been familiar with that country’s folklore. The flower was used as a simple and uncomplicated expression of love, and its sentiment appealed to everyone.

And thou shade-loving hyacinth, be born! EBENEZER ELLIOTT Classical legend tells us that the hyacinth took its name from Hyacinthus, a beautiful youth with whom Apollo was besotted. But during a game of discus-throwing the god accidentally struck Hyacinthus on the forehead and he fell to the ground, fatally wounded. His drops of blood were turned into hyacinths, the drooping nature of their flowers echoing his bowed head as he stooped in agony. It is said that the hyacinths were purple, and so that colour’s emblem echoes for ever Apollo’s tragic mistake.

No Christmas card was complete without the holly, often shown as a wreath crowning Father Christmas’s head, or as a small bunch suspended over children’s beds to keep them from harm. The exchanging of this lovely evergreen, albeit in pictorial form, provided everyone with a talisman to take into the future. ’ HYACINTH Blue – Constancy Purple – Please Forgive Me White – Beauty With its soft perfume and delicately coloured blooms shaped like tiny bells, the hyacinth brings the promise of spring to a season of grey shadows and glowering skies.

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