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Language flowers.

WHETHER it's love, jealousy, peace or even hatred, every beautiful flower has a meaning and a little story behind it.

For centuries people have derived pleasure from flowers, from a simple bouquet to cheer someone up, a favourite fragrance for perfume that may be used daily, or more practically for their medicinal purposes. There is no wonder that a meaning has been attached to each flower.

The language of flowers was most popular in the Victorian period where flowers were given a meaning and a secret language called floriography - it conveyed feelings that words could not and lovers could send coded messages to each other.

In the Victorian era flowers would be used in everyday life in the hair, clothing, jewellery, china, home decor and on all sorts of stationery.

Flowers would convey messages of love or even dislike depending on the actual flower. Sending flower messages became so important even dictionaries were written just to explain this mystical language.

The flowers were sent either individually or quite often as a tussie mussie - a small bouquet of mixed flowers wrapped in a lace doily and tied with satin ribbon. How romantic.

Well, if you are planning your wedding day or just reminiscing about your perfect day, think back to how you chose your flowers - by season, colour, scent or style? It is not very often that flowers are chosen because of meaning - but why not? A beautiful summer wedding bouquet filled with flowers with real sentiment and their own language.

You could include some blue periwinkle to indicate your "early friendship" or purple lilac describing "the first emotions of love", a white rose saying "I am worthy of you" or, if you prefer the yellow rose, you might feel "hopeless love" for each other.

The sweet, delicate forget me not expresses "true love" and peppermint would "fill you with warmth" throughout your big day. Honesty would express your "sincerity" to each other.

The groom could also choose some flowers to wear in his lapel expressing his own feelings for his wife - variegated tulips describing her "beautiful eyes" or some little scented stock to wish her "lasting beauty".

After the wedding day a bouquet of flowers could be made as a gift to your new wife with a hint of wisteria explaining how you will "cling to thee" and remembering the "constancy" of love with the "delicate pleasures" of the sweet pea.


Sioned with her wedding bouquet - Victorians gave flowers a secret language called floriography
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2010
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