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Flower Language

Published September 27, 2022 by tindertender

Article owned by:; Flower images from google.

“Some flowers spoke with strong and powerful voices, which proclaimed in accents trumpet-tongues, “I am beautiful, and I rule”. Others murmured in tones scarcely audible, but exquisitely soft and sweet, “I am little, and I am beloved”. ~ George Sand (Armando e A.L. Dupin), 1804 – 1876 French Writer

Alstroemeria, Aster, Bird of Paradise, Calendula, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Daffodil, Daisy, Fern, Gladiolus, Heleconia, Holly, Kalanchoe, Kangaroo, Paw, Larkspur & Delphinium, Lily, Lily of the Valley, Orchid, Poinsettia, Queen Anne’s Lace, Rose, Snap dragon, Solidago, Sunflower, Tulip, Violet

“Joy and jealousy, desire and dejection, solitude and sadness, loyalty and love — flowers echo each voice of the human heart.

While the symbolic and legendary meanings of flowers were known to many during Elizabethan times, it was the Victorians who assigned simple messages to individual flowers. Introduced to the Swedish court in 1714 by Charles II, the Victorian mode of flower language soon spread throughout Europe.

During this time of strict protocol and conformity, men and women used the beauty and color of flowers to express emotions, wishes and thoughts they dared not speak, and every corsage, bouquet, and garland represented a carefully chosen sentiment. Presentation was also important; for example, a bouquet with a ribbon tied to the left told about the giver, while a ribbon tied to the right signified the receiver. Upside-down bouquets portrayed the exact opposite of the flowers’ common meanings: to receive an inverted rose was the ultimate form of rejection.

Flower Language became so important that durch die Blume sprechen (speaking through flowers) became a Western proverb, which meant any flowery or poetic expression hiding a secret message of love.”

Here’s another site with info:

Floriography, or “the language of flowers,” was a popular Victorian fad in which specific meanings were attributed to different plants and flowers.

Most flowers conveyed positive sentiments: friendship, fidelity, devotion, love. Others were assigned more negative meanings, such as anger, contempt or indifference.

To take advantage of this new passion, publishers churned out an endless stream of books with flower “vocabularies.” The most influential was Le langage des fleurs, which first appeared in 1819 in France. One of the last to appear in English, in 1884, was The Language of Flowers, which contained listings for hundreds of trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers, accompanied by dainty illustrations by the famous artist, Kate Greenaway.

It is unclear whether Victorians actually used the language of flowers to create bouquets expressing their feelings. It is possible that these popular flower vocabularies were mainly a kind of 19th-century “coffee-table book.” But the floral symbolism was popular with writers, poets, artists and jewellers, who used it in their work. The concept was so widespread that even an 1895 book on Canadian wildflowers gives the symbolic meanings of several plants in this “mystic dialect” of flowers.

Here, from The Dominion Educator (a century-old Canadian encyclopedia), is a brief list of flower meanings that the writers considered to be “well established”:

  • Amaranth: Immortality
  • Anemone: Anticipation
  • Apple blossom: Admiration
  • Aspen leaf: Fear
  • Brier: Insult
  • Buttercup: Wealth
  • Calla: Pride
  • Camellia: Illness
  • Candytuft: Indifference
  • Cornflower: Heaven
  • Cowslip: Youthful beauty
  • Cypress: Death
  • Daffodil: Unrequited love
  • Daisy: Simplicity
  • Dandelion: Coquetry
  • Evergreen: Hope
  • Everlastings: Undying affection
  • Fern: Forsaken
  • Five-leafed clover: Bad luck
  • Four-leafed clover: Good luck
  • Foxglove: Insincerity
  • Goldenrod: Encouragement
  • Heather: Loneliness
  • Heliotrope: Devotion
  • Honeysuckle: Fidelity
  • Hyacinth: Sorrow
  • Ivy: Trustfulness
  • Laurel: Fame
  • Lilac: Fastidiousness
  • Lotus: Forgetfulness
  • Marigold: Contempt
  • Moss or dry twig: Old age
  • Myrtle: Wedded bliss
  • Narcissus: Vanity
  • Oak leaf: Power
  • Orange blossom: Marriage
  • Oxalis: Pangs of regret
  • Palm leaf: Conquest
  • Pansy: Loving thoughts
  • Poppy: A tryst at evening
  • Rosemary: Remembrance
  • Rue: Repentance
  • Scarlet geranium: A kiss
  • Snowdrop: A friend in need
  • Stinging nettle: Rudeness
  • Tuberose: Bereavement
  • Tulip: Boldness
  • Violet: Modesty
  • Yellow rose: Jealousy

Lavender Wands

Published July 24, 2020 by tindertender

History brings us artfully layered garden crafts like making lavender wands. They encase the fragrant flowers in a green woven basket of their own stems, and create artful wands that could ornament closets and drawers to perfume clothes, lingerie and bedding. Science reinforces what our ancestors already understood; that lavender infused a calming perfume that also kept moths and bedbugs at bay.

To make your own lavender wand, gather the longest stems of fresh lavender. Secure them tightly just below the flower heads with fine ribbon and bend the stems back over the flowers like a cage. Use the same ribbon ends to weave back through in opposite directions (in order to leave flowers exposed in a checkerboard pattern): over and under, over and under, until the flowers are encased and you can use the remainder of the ribbon to fashion the handle of the wand.

It’s a great craft to share with kids…and of course, there is a little magic in every wand.

Such a wonderful treat … you just roll it between your hands when you need a pick-me-up and oooohhh … it is heavenly.

Here are a few links from other crafts people.

Lavender Delight Followed By Honesty

Published July 11, 2020 by tindertender

I discovered a lavender field that was open by ‘reservation only’ and purchased my ticket on-line.

Wandering around, bees were buzzing, gentle music was playing, and lavender was moving with the breeze.

Here is a little historical knowledge they shared.

There are many sights to see here.

The seating was unique.

And of course … the lavender.

I took a trip to Crystal Heart for an aura photo.

The quick interpretation was there are ‘helpers’ showering me with pink light, trying to get me to care for myself. Throat chakra wide open. Heart chakra shut down.

He suggested I journal and stated I’m pushing too many people away. He’s correct. I’m not too certain anyone deserves unlimited access to my heart or my deep, passionate love.

I suppose this ‘attitude’ would come after brokenness in relationship, where now the only thing offered is judgement.

Fuck ‘em. I’ve got flowers … and apparently a whole lot of release that needs done yet.

Here is the printed explanation of colors.

Bee Health

Published July 6, 2020 by tindertender

You have a garden?
You need bees
You like to eat FOOD?
You need bees.
You like beautiful sweet honey?
You need bees.
You like wild flowers stop’n soil erosion.
You need bees.
You want the world as we know it to survive?
You need bees.

In the industrial ‘development’ I work in, they spray toxins on the grass and bushes quite often. I find bees all the time walking circles and I know they are neurologically damaged and will die.

The poisoning of this planet MUST STOP.

Note from a bee lover:

Just this year, not a single bee – and we used to be swarming with them every year. Planting will not help dead bees. Have to prevent all the ways they are being killed, which may include, uh, ‘geoengineering’ the sky.

See The Good

Published May 8, 2020 by tindertender

There once was a time in your very own planet’s history, long, long ago, when the earth was truly a paradise.

The diversity of life was as mind-boggling as it was spectacular.

Flowers sprang up in impossible places. Birds and their songs filled the air over every continent. Snow, fog, showers, or sunshine added sometimes shocking and unexpected beauty to every setting.

Animals were loved as family members. And complete strangers smiled and waved to one another, as it was everyone’s natural instinct to be kind, to give, and to love.

Yeah, very little has changed.

See the good,

~ The Universe

Flowers growing in seemingly impossible places.

Every ailment is a gift, an opportunity, an invitation…

Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ® © ®

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