Thursday, March 27, 2008
(Be Careful When You) Say It With Flowers
Now that you're all acquainted with the Language of the Fan, it's time to learn a new tongue. Floriography (otherwise known as the Language of Flowers) is a complicated, sometimes baffling form of communication. Today, few people are fluent in floriography, but a hundred years ago, it was spoken by one and all.
In the Language of Flowers, each and every blossom holds a specific meaning. A simple bouquet could convey a person's love, friendship, admiration, or dislike. A poorly chosen corsage could ruin a relationship. Tucking the wrong flower behind your ear might send an embarrassing message.
For instance, you would never want to present your grandmother with a bouquet of yellow irises, as they symbolize romantic passion. However, if she were a wicked old witch, you might send her a few orange lilies, which would convey your hatred or dislike. But since your grandmothers are probably wonderful ladies, a better choice might be to pluck a few morning glories to show your sweet and sincere affection.
To see a full list of flowers and their meanings, click here.
So what flowers would Kiki Strike send? See below . . .
(Not so coincidentally, these flowers play a big role in one of my favorite books? Anyone know what it is?)