In the Victorian era, and even long before that, flowers served as beautiful messengers that whispered what often could not be spoken aloud. They were the equivalent of clandestine text messages or notes of encouragement—a way to express friendship, pride, or feelings of love. Flowers told the tale of hidden emotions during a time of extreme discretion. The key to decoding the meanings was found in oral tradition, and in flower dictionaries, which sometimes held varying definitions for each flower.

As featured in the upcoming Summer 2018 Edition of Beekman 1802 Almanac Magazine. For more, check out Meaningful Bouquets: Create Special Messages with Flowers – 25 Beautiful Arrangements by Leigh Okies and Lisa McGuinness (copyright 2016, published by Chronicle Books).

by Aray Till

Reader Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Seana Yancey

I lost my mom last year March 28th. She was funny, full of love. She was the best mom a girl could have. I was a teen in the 80’s. She let me be me. She would say as long you feel good about yourself. That’s what matters.

Reply
PART 2 | Create Meaningful Bouquets - Beekman 1802

[…] In the Victorian era, and even long before that, flowers served as beautiful messengers that whispered what often could not be spoken aloud. They were the equivalent of clandestine text messages or notes of encouragement—a way to express friendship, pride, or feelings of love. Flowers told the tale of hidden emotions during a time of extreme discretion. The key to decoding the meanings was found in oral tradition, and in flower dictionaries, which sometimes held varying definitions for each flower. For Part 1 of this series, click here. […]

Reply