The Language of Flowers
Or what I like to call it, Victorian Love letters, is a language invented to convey the subtle nuances of expression between lovers.
Can you imagine anything more romantic than being alive in the Victorian era, when lovers used to receive love letters in the form of flowers as a secret language?
Language of Flowers
During the Victorian Era, several floral dictionaries were published to explain the secret language of flowers (floriography). It was common to relay meanings handed down from various myths, fables, or legends. When all else failed to provide an explanation, meanings were often fabricated to suit the occasion. Several different flowers therefore could have the same meaning and at times, the same flower could even have opposite meanings based on how it was presented or combined with other flowers. Flower Meanings and Tussie-Mussies Tussie-mussies were small handheld fragrant bouquets often wrapped in lace doilies. Most often, they were a combination of fragrant herbs; each had its own meaning and a single central flower. Great care was taken to combine the selection in such a way that its meaning was accurately expressed. Tussie-mussies were also known as nosegays. They were sometimes carried at nose level to block out some of the unpleasant odors common during the Victorian Era. Suitors presented tussie-mussies to their ladies and watched to see if they were held at heart level, which indicated happiness and acceptance. Tussie-mussies held pointing downward were a sign of rejection. Not only did a certain flower have significance, but colours also expressed variations in intent or emotions. Even today, a red rose is said to be an expression of passionate or true love, a pink rose is a sign of warm affection, white roses are associated with purity, and yellow roses with friendship.
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