Floriography: The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Floriography was often used during the Victorian era during a courtship to express emotions secretly. Courting couples were rarely allowed to be alone together, so a secret language was devised to allow heartfelt emotions to be expressed without censure.

Combinations of flowers offered the lovers to express complex emotions by combining the meaning of several flowers. In this case, geraniums: folly are paired with Queen Anne’s lace: safe haven to create something new: Homeowner’s remorse. 🙂 And yes, I made this one up.

A single flower conveys a single emotion. This one is hardly one that a chaperon would disapprove of. A polite thank you is always welcome, right? But if the bouquet is turned upside down, it conveys the opposite meaning: NO thank you. In essence, courting couples could quarrel with flowers and no observer would be the wiser.

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