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 and for Part 2, click here.

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

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