A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion

by Mandy Kirkby, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“A flower is not a floweralone;

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.09 out of 5
  • Published September 20th 2011 by Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0345532864 (ISBN13: 9780345532861)
  • Edition Language: English

“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.” Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.