Who knew. Victorians were so creative in subtly revealing their true thoughts in a non-verbal way. Only someone versed in the meaning behind plants and flowers would know the truth. Queen Victoria's world was viewed as obeying society rules, even when they didn't make sense. Clever lovers still managed to communicate their feelings without saying a word.
Today, we all associate certain flowers with feelings. A red rose for love or a pink one for a young woman. I went through the little book and discovered a red tulip is actually a declaration of love and a white rose for a young girl.
Orange blossoms are associated with a wedding bouquet. The message in those flowers was "your purity equals your loveliness." Hmm, well, it's a good thought, but I doubt the youth of the 1800's were much different than today's.
Sometimes, we get it wrong. In Texas, we love our yellow rose
So, next time you plan a bouquet or order flowers, be careful what you say. Here are a few to avoid.
Yellow lily - falsehood
Full blown rose placed over two buds means secrecy
Tall sunflower - haughtiness
In closing, I wish you a happy Christmas and prosperity, joy and good health for 2016.