Monday, March 24, 2014

The Language of Flowers...

I encountered the enchanting language that flowers convey through the book titled The Language of flowers written by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  It was a delightful read.

During the Victorian Era, this language was supposedly used as a means of covert communication between lovers. Each flower had a definite meaning associated with it. They declared love and commitment and even fought with the help of flowers.

Enchanting isn't it?

For example a Red rose meant Love, a Pink rose meant grace and a yellow rose meant Infidelity or jealousy. 

Quite funny but Cactus meant Ardent Love..
 Imagine declaring your ardent love to a person by gifting a Cactus...:P



Yellow rose: Infidelity / Jealousy



As I browsed through the list I found that Tulips, my favorite flower meant declaration of love.
That do give a new meaning to my blog. 


Tulips: Declaration of Love
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Hmmm..unknowingly I had given a meaningful name to my blog. My blog is indeed my declaration of love towards Art and Writing.

I have written about the symbolism associated with Tulips in an earlier post. Read it here.

To read more about this secret language click here..

They even had a birth flower associated with each month. See the list here..


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My birth flower according to this list  is Chrysantemum and it means compassion, friendship and secret love.


Tell me what is yours...





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12 comments:

  1. I did the review on this books some time back. Loved the book and the special meanings to the flowers. It is God's gift to understand their language.
    Great pics.

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    1. That is great to know Indrani... I loved the book..

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  2. These days we use text to express different feelings associated with love ;) . But Flowers, it seems they nature's way of pouring out beauty and love. My birth flower comes out to be Misty Blue limonium. :D

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    1. Text messages seem so soul-less for me..Give me a bunch of flowers any day...:)

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  3. Interesting! Nice pics Ms. Preethi. Mine is Narcissus. !

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  4. Wow so many meanings & learnings, Preethi :) Great!

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  5. Never knew! Is it scientific?

    My flower is Daffodil!

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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  6. Interesting information indeed! Yes different flowers have been given different meanings/significances, but they also vary from culture to culture, I think. And also perhaps based on many other things. The system I follow, cactus there has the significance of "riches". so that makes it a wonderful gift to give to someone :) Lovely post, as always. I find such charm every time I visit your blog.

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