Last week I finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Thank you, thank you, thank you Hayley Alfers for recommending this book to me! I think your exact words were that is was “just stunning” and I couldnt agree with you more.
Not only is the actual story beautiful (a love story essentially I think, although so much more) but it’s written beautifully, with alternating chapters in past and present, coming together to share the experiences that have molded orphan Victoria Jones into the person she is and into the person she becomes by the end of the novel.
The other aspect to the story is the actual Language of Flowers. HUH? I know, right – didnt know that it even existed!
Basically – all flowers have an emotive meaning attached to them, which could be considered when making up bunches for special occasions etc – it’s really super fascinating if you happen to like flowers – some more info here via my good friend Wikipedia:
The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken… The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect… Gerbera(daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. An Anemone signifies disappearance of hope. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy infidelity…
Definitely keen to find out more about this sort of thing, there’s loads of stuff on the net but think a good old fashioned book with pictures would be more appropriate in this instance <3