By Mandy Kirkby
“A flower isn't a flower by myself one thousand options make investments it.” Daffodils sign new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs suggest the 1st feelings of affection, periwinkles delicate recollection. Early Victorians used plants which will show their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern day romantics are having fun with a resurgence of this bygone customized, and this booklet will percentage the ancient, literary, and cultural importance of plants with a complete new new release. With lavish illustrations, a twin dictionary of vegetation and meanings, and recommendations for growing expressive preparations, this memento is the fitting compendium for everybody who has ever given or acquired a bouquet.
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Extra info for A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion
IRIS Message The iris is the floral herald, the bearer of good tidings and warm wishes: ‘My compliments. ’ In classical mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, the link between heaven and earth. She was also the messenger of the gods; clothed in colourful robes, she brought messages of hope to mortals on earth. Like the rainbow, the iris possesses a multitude of colours, every tone imaginable, all delicately painted in sky-washed hues, and so its emblem, ‘messenger’, is an inspired one.
Its dense evergreen foliage permits no light, and as the sun sets the tree casts long shadows upon the ground like strange phantoms. Its name derives from the ancient Greek tale of Cyparissus, a young boy whose favourite companion was a tame stag. When Cyparissus accidentally kills his beloved stag with a hunting javelin, he prays to Apollo that his mourning might be perpetual, and in answer to his prayers the god turns him into a cypress. The tree’s association with grief and mortality is an old one, and comes from the East, where burial grounds are thickly planted with them, and in Biblical times its sweet-smelling wood was used to make coffins and its branches to line graves.
The two world wars changed the way we related to each other as human beings for ever; the emerging technological age changed the way we related to the world around us for ever. Victorian sentiment – allowing emotions to influence decisions – became referred to with some distaste as ‘sentimentality’ and became frowned upon. The era of the logical, scientific mind was ushered in. Huge developments in science and manufacturing prevailed, and in less than a century we had moved from horseback to high-speed trains to airplanes, from the pony express to the cellular phone, from Morse code to the Internet.
A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby