A Victorian Flower Dictionary
The Language of Flowers Companion
Mandy Kirkby & Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.”
Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.
From the Hardcover edition.
A thorough guide :)
I truly enjoy this guide not only because it showcases so many popular flowers of our day, but it shares the Arts in relation to the flowers, their respective Victorian histories AND the very end of the book gives particular suggestions for arrangements for special occasions. Being a Pasadenan, coming from the city that hosts the Rose Parade in addition to houses Huntington Gardens, I feel personally connected to flowers and their meanings. Kudos to Vanessa for writing "The Language of Flowers," which was a tremendous book and for making my love of flowers even more meaningful.