Monday, January 26, 2009


The Victorian floral "secret" message. I first learned about this in 7th or 8th grade English. It absolutely fascinated me. As time goes on I lost the papers and when I do think about it I come up blank on what to search for. I think I've found some information worthy of sharing. Hopefully it'll tickle your brain a little.

First a little bit of background from
"In the early 18th century the Turkish "Secret Language of Flowers" was introduced to Europe by Lady Mary Wortley Montague, wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople. Flowers had long been a sign of romance but now lovers were able to send secret messages to each other by means of sending a posy of flowers. Each flower had a specific meaning and the order of arrangement had much to do with the intended "message". The French seem to have taken this idea to heart. In 1819 a French woman writing under the pen name of Madame Charlotte de la Tour (Louise Cortambert), wrote and published "Le Language des Fleurs" which offered seasonal floral and anecdotal advice to those wishing to send "secret" messages to each other."
Leave it to the French. lol Here's a quick list of flower messages for you to look over. If you want even more, just do a quick search for "floriography". Also, the above site has a nice huge list if you're feeling lazy. ^_^ This list is from:

Aster: Symbol of Love, Daintiness
Azalea:First Love
Camellia (Pink): Longing For You
Camellia (Red): You're a Flame in My Heart
Camellia (White): You're Adorable
Carnation (Pink): I'll Never Forget You
Carnation (Red): My Heart Aches For You
Carnation (Solid): Yes
Carnation (Striped): No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be with You, Wish I Could Be with You
Carnation (White): Innocence, Pure Love
Carnation (Yellow): You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
Chrysanthemum (Red): I Love You
Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Slighted Love
Daffodil: Unequalled Love, You're the Only One
Daisy: Innocence, Loyal Love
Dogwood: Love Undiminished by Adversity
Fern (Maidenhair): Secret Bond of Love
Forget-Me-Not: True Love, Memories
Gardenia: You're Lovely, Secret Love
Ivy: Wedded Love, Fidelity
Jonquil: Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire
Lavender: Devoted Love
Lotus: Estranged Love
Moss: Maternal Love, Charity
Orange Blossom: Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orchid: Love, Beauty, Refinement
Peony: Bashful Love
Primrose: Happy Love
Poppy: Hopeless Love
Rose (Pink): Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
Rose (Red): Love, I Love You
Rose (Thornless): Love at First Sight
Rose (White): Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You
Rose (Yellow): Decrease of Love, Jealousy
Rosebud (Red): Pure and Lovely
Spider Flower: Elope with Me
Tulip (General): Perfect Lover
Tulip (Red): Believe Me, Declaration of Love
Tulip (Variegated): Beautiful Eyes
Zinnia: Absent Love

Now, one thing I specifically remember is the use of floriography by members of the mob to send messages to victims' family members and stuff. I couldn't find anything about that, though. I remember this specifically because there was a certain flower that would be sent that basically told the widow "I killed your husband hahahahaha" (or maybe it was "he got what was coming to him"?) but since it's just a flower it's not proof and I thought "Man that is twisted!" That's all I remember, though, so if anybody has any other information please let me know. It's driving me crazy!

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