With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Show and Tell Friday ~ The Language of Flowers

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ The Language of Flowers

Here is a sweet little book I picked up long ago.
Jacket flap excerpt reads:

Father wanted to give Mother a present on their golden anniversary; instead of buying her a brooch or bracelet, he hit upon the happy plan of writing and illustrating a little book for her called The Language of Flowers, which has now been resurrected from some forgotten drawer and published.

Written by 'Father' to 'Mother' on occasion of their golden wedding anniversary, August 8, 1913. It is a sweet little dictionary of over 700 flowers and reminiscent of a gentler era when people found time to express their affection in an individual way.
There is a language, "little known",
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by Nature's wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
The Language of Flowers, London, 1875
The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.
The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect – they were the favorite flower of St. Julie Billiart for this reason. Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy; fidelity.
(source: Wikipedia)
Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!


Mildred said...

I love little books like the one you share today. So sweet.

Bella said...

What a Lovely Book, I love all things Victorian, and the graphics are Gorgeous! Bella

Debbie said...

Really neat post and the detail on flowers, very unique!

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

What a totally romantic story. That book is a true treasure, and I love to ponder on how people did take the time to express themselves so creatively.

Thank you so much for taking the time to express your thoughts on my post yesterday. It ended up being an enlightening conversation. I appreciate your insightful input!

Susan said...

What a lovely find your book is, ldh. It was a true gift of love from that man to his wife. Thanks so much for sharing this on today's post. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Julie Harward said...

How interesting...and the hand writing is so beautiful. I love things like this, how nice to have! Come say hi :D

Shirley said...

What a wonderful little book. I used to know some of the meanings of flowers. In fact, I had a nice herb garden at my antique shop (as well as a home) and I used to make little Tussie-mussies with long ribbons and sell them at the shop. I had forgotten about that.

vignette design said...

I love your post Idh! The book is darling with the handwriting and the language of flowers. All so dear.

Gee said...

what a lovely book. thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is such a beautiful old book! Thanks so much for sharing

A Cottage Muse said...

I love sweet vintage books!!! This one is terrific! Thank you for sharing!

AshTreeCottage said...

How romantic! What a lovely post for Show and Tell Friday.

Susan and Bentley

PS: Raider is very cute!

Janice said...

Isn't that pretty!

Ann said...

What a great find that book was. It's so lovely.

Victoria said...

What a precious little book that is, and such a sweet story behind it too:)

marie said...

This is such a beautiful book...I love the concept of the book and that the type looks like it's handwritten.
I have some books by Susan Branch and Karla Dornacher that are "handwritten". I just love that look!

Thanks for sharing such a swwet book.


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