There’s no question that flowers are integral to life’s important, joyous and poignant times. At hatch, match and despatch – and everything between – flowers are a constant.
But flowers are more than a pretty petal. There’s so much more to them than appearance and scent. Flowers have a great deal of symbolism attached to them that’s often referred to as the language of flowers.
As with gemstones, some flowers have associations with particular months – so as well as a birthstone you can have a birth flower. But there’s more.
Flowers also have particular meanings and significance attached to them – sometimes religious in nature. For instance, the original Rosary was, according to the Flower Expert.com, ‘a complex of rose flower images with the golden rose being the highest honour conferred by the Pope’.
We all know that red roses are THE emblem of romantic love. But did you know that it’s bad form to send yellow roses to anyone in mourning?
The language of flowers then can be used to convey a multitude of messages. Thus, when you’re thinking about what blooms to include in your bouquet, or even to send to someone as a gift, you might want to consider what associations they have.
Indeed, when Kate Middleton wed Prince William she did exactly that. This article on the language of flowers.com tells all. The Royal tradition is for all-white bouquets so the sentiments that Kate chose to get her bouquet to ‘say’ were: return of happiness – Lily-of-the-Valley; gallantry with Sweet William; constancy of love with the Hyacinth; fidelity, wedded love and marriage – Ivy; and Myrtle the emblem of marriage and love. In a wonderful continuation of tradition, the Myrtle in Kate’s bouquet came from a plant grown from a sprig of Myrtle in the nosegay given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert’s grandmother.
There’s lots of resources available on the World Wide Web that will give you information on what flower means what. This: The Flower Expert.Com is just one. Do your research though because the meaning of a flower can vary from country to country.
An ancient language
Sometimes called floriography, the language of flowers has been around just about since the dawn of time. According to Wikipedia plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible – notably of love and lovers in the Song of Songs.
In literature, our very own William Shakespeare gave emblematic meanings to particular flowers – notably in ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’. But he wasn’t alone in that. Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Bronte and childrens’ novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett all used the language of flowers in their writing.
However, it was the 19th century that saw a surge in interest in floriography in both Victorian England and the United States. The Victorian’s use of flowers as a form of covert communication blossomed (see what we did there?) alongside a growing interest in botany.
In our modern fast-paced world we think that reconnecting with the meanings of flowers is a wonderful way bring back some romance, some beauty and a thread of tradition to even the most modern of weddings.
Have we inspired you to look at the language of flowers in your own bouquet? What message would you like your flowers to give? Do let us know – we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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