Flowers and Their Meaning
This whole flower language started in Constantinople in the 1600s,
and was brought to England in 1716 by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
who had spent time in Turkey with her husband. The interest then
moved to France (of course) where the Book 'Le Langage des Fleurs'
was printed with over 800 floral signs. Many were toned down in
the English translation at the time of Queen Victoria because they
were quite lusty and risque!
Here are a few "nice" ones!
|| Heart ignorant of love
||Am I forgotten
|Deep red carnation
||Alas! for my poor heart
|Deep red rose
|Full red rose
||unconscious beauty (hmm?)
||call me not beautiful
||cheerfulness in old age
|Great yellow daffodil
||confession of love
||declaration of love
| yellow rose
||decrease of love, jealousy
||difficulties, I surmount
||first emotions of love
||I am worthy of you
|| I am your captive
||I have a message for you
|| estranged love
||my heart is in flames
||pleasure and pain
||relieve my anxiety
|| slighted love
||sweet and secret love
||thoughts of absent friends
||also means true love
|White and red rose
|| useful knowledge
||win me and wear me (Hmm, OK..)
||your presence revives me
||your looks freeze me
The Language of Flowers.
Flowers may be combined and arranged so as to express even the nicest
shades of sentiment.
If a flower is offered ``reversed'', its direct signification is
likewise reversed, so that the flower now means the opposite.
A rosebud divested of its thorns, but retaining its leaves, convays
the sentiment, ``I fear no longer; I hope.''
Stripped of leaves and thorns, it signifies,
``There is nothing to hope or fear.''
A full-blown rose places over two buds, signifies ``Secrecy.''
``Yes,'' is implied by touching the flower given to the lips; ``No,''
by pinching off a petal and casting it away.
``I am,'' is expressed by a laurel leaf twined arround the bouquet;
``I have,'' by an ivy leaf folded together; ``I offer you,'' by a leaf
of Virginia creeper.
CARNATION, WHITE. - Distain.
- Moss Rosebud and Myrtle.
A confession of love.
- Mignonette and Coloured Daisy.
Your qualities surpass your charms of beauty.
- Lily of the Valley and Ferns.
Your unconscious sweetness has fascinated me.
- Yellow Rose, Broken Straw and Ivy.
Your jealousy has broken our friendship.
- Scarlet Geranium, Passion Flower, Purple Hyacinth, and Arbor Vitae.
I trust you will find consolation, through faith, in your sorrow;
be assured of my unchanging friendship.
- Columbine, Day Lily, Broken Straw, Witch Hazel and Coloured Daisy.
Your folly and coquetry have broken the spell of your beauty.
- White Pink, Canary Grass and Laurel.
Your talent and perseverance will win you glory.
- Golden-rod, Monkshead, Sweet Pea and Forget-me-not.
Be cautious; danger is near; I depart soon; forget me not.
CHINA-ASTER. - Variety.
CLOVER, FOUR-LEAF. - Be mine.
CLOVER, WHITE. - Think of me.
CLOVER, RED. - Industry.
COLUMBINE. - Folly.
COLUMBINE, PURPLE. - Resolved to win.
DAISY. - Innocence.
DEAD LEAVES. - Sadness.
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE. - Falsehood.
FERN. - Fascination.
FORGET-ME-NOT. - True love. Forget me not.
FUCHSIA, SCARLET. - Taste.
GERANIUM, SCARLET. - Consolation.
GERANIUM, ROSE. - Preference.
GOLDEN-ROD. - Be cautious.
HELIOTROPE. - Devotion.
HONEY-FLOWER. - Love, sweet and secret.
HYACINTH, WHITE. - Unobtrusive loveliness.
IVY. - Fidelity.
LADY'S SLIPPER. - Win me and wear me.
LILY, DAY. - Coquetry
LILY, WHITE. - Sweetness.
LILY, YELLOW. - Gaiety.
LILY OF THE VALLEY. - Return of happiness.
MIGNONETTE. - Your qualities surpass your charms.
MONKSHEAD. - Danger is near.
MYRTLE. - Love.
OATS. - The witching soul of music.
ORANGE BLOSSOMS. - Chastity.
PANSY. - Thoughts.
PASSION FLOWER. - Faith.
PEACH BLOSSOM. - I am your captive.
PEAR. - Affection.
PRIMROSE. - Inconstancy.
QUAKING GRASS. - Agitation.
ROSE. - Love.
ROSE, DEEP RED. - Bashful shame.
ROSE, YELLOW. - Jealousy.
ROSE, WHITE. - I am worthy of you.
ROSEBUD, MOSS. - Confession of love.
SHAMROCK. - Lightheartedness.
STRAW. - Agreement.
STRAW, BROKEN. - Broken agreement.
SWEEP PEA. - Depart.
TUBEROSE. - Dangerous pleasures.
VERBENA. - Pray for me.
WITCH HAZEL. - A spell.