By Mandy Kirkby
“A flower isn't a flower by myself 1000 ideas make investments it.” Daffodils sign new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs suggest the 1st feelings of affection, periwinkles gentle recollection. Early Victorians used flora with a view to convey their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern day romantics are having fun with a resurgence of this bygone customized, and this e-book will proportion the ancient, literary, and cultural importance of flora with a complete new iteration. With lavish illustrations, a twin dictionary of plant life and meanings, and recommendations for growing expressive preparations, this souvenir is the right compendium for everybody who has ever given or obtained a bouquet.
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Extra info for A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion
But eighteenth-century cultivation packed the hyacinth with double flowers, thus retaining its beauty and perfume for weeks on end. It became a highly desirable plant, its bulbs fetching high prices, especially in Holland where skilful Dutch nurserymen bred hundreds of new varieties. By the nineteenth century the craze had died down, and hyacinths could be obtained at a trifling cost, affordable by both queen and cottager. At Christmas time they would be brought from the greenhouse to flower indoors on the mantelpiece amongst the holly boughs and ivy.
It is also said that the cypress, once cut, will never flourish or grow again. The Victorians embraced the symbolic meaning of the cypress tree and wove it into their rituals of death and mourning. The tree was planted in cemeteries, forming cypress avenues; it was cut in swathes and would line a coffin, or be strewn across it, its fragrance sweetening the room. To announce a death, branches of cypress and other evergreens, emblems of immortality together, would be wound in a wreath with a black crape ribbon and hung on the door.
In particular, it was bought for maids’ rooms and the bedrooms of young girls. from TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY ON TURNING ONE DOWN WITH THE PLOUGH, IN APRIL 1786 Wee, modest, crimson-tipp’d flow’r, Thou’s met me in an evil hour, For I maun crush amang the Stoure Thy slender stem: To spare thee now is past my pow’r, Thou bonnie gem. ROBERT BURNS EGLANTINE I Wound to Heal Wild-rose, Sweetbriar, Eglantine, All these pretty names are mine, And scent in every leaf is mine, And a leaf for all is mine, And the scent – Oh, that’s divine!