Friday, 22 March 2013

The language of flowers

Found a sweet little book this week - 'The Language and Sentiment of Flowers' -

It's a bit battered, with the spine covering coming adrift, but has lovely gold-edged pages -
There aren't a lot of illustrations, but a few pretty ones -

I've always been interested in the 'meaning' of different flowers, but I'm sure it was a bit of a minefield when flowers were frequently given in order to convey a message (Victorian times?). I wonder if sometimes young maidens always received the right message?  "When a flower is given, the pronoun 'I' is understood by bending it to the right hand; 'thou' by inclining it to the left" for instance (pretty subtle!)

Crocuses (crocii?) suggest 'Youthful gladness' -

And primroses, 'Early youth and sadness' -
Found some nice old tins this week, too - including this 'pixie' one -

And a sweet preserve pot -

Pleased to find this morning that we have some frog spawn in our little pond -
Not long now 'til Easter. Someone's getting in the mood! -
Have a good weekend!


  1. Lovely book and adorable Easter bunny!

    Enjoy your weekend

    Claire xx

  2. What a pretty book - the language and meaning of flowers is very complex isn't it? I'm hoping the frogspawn in our pond will survive this cold weather. Have a happy weekend:)

  3. What a great find. I would love to have that book. It is really interesting to find out the meaning of all those flowers. I love your pixie tin it is so sweet. And the Bunny is sooooo cute!

  4. How interesting that book ! I would love to unfold it! Your find is great ,your little bunny as well. Hugs

  5. oh too the flower book too!!

  6. What lovely finds you have there - that Pixie tin is just gorgeous x Jane

  7. I love old language of flower books like would have been quite stressful making sure you sent the right message via your bouquet wouldn't it?? Loved all your other finds too....and such a cute little bunny at the end!
    Helen x

  8. The pixie tin is so adorable - what a great find. Surely a keeper?!

  9. Beautiful finds and a lovely blog x