Friday, January 7, 2011

The language of flowers

Back in the good old Victorian days when gentlemen carried handkerchiefs and wore top hats, and women's dresses sweeped the floor, a secret language was used to communicate between lovers. Floriography is the language of flowers, and the intention of the message was deciphered by the type of flower and its colour - as well as the way it was delivered.

I had selected shades of yellow and gold for our New Year's Eve dinner as I liked their cheerfulness and according to Chinese culture they would bring wealth and happiness. I guess you could say that I was embracing the local culture while I was shopping at Little Saigon in Footscray.

Not until afterwards did I think to sit down and decipher what I actually did set the table with that day. Generally yellow blooms can have quite negative connotations - relating to jealousy or disappointment, so I preferred to lean towards the positive explanations in this case (but let that be a warning to anyone handing out a bunch of yellow flowers!)

From Left Green Chrysanthemum cheerful and honest Yellow Rose friendship and freedom, the promise of a new beginning Yellow Alstromeria wealth, prosperity, fortune or friendship Yellow Chrysanthemum courage Yellow Calla Gratitude, also considered resurrection and rebirth (fitting for a new year don't you think?) Yellow Carnation friendship and a sweet smile.

Looks like 2011 is going to be a good one!

My sources
Carnations - here and here
green and yellow chryssies
calla lilies here and here
Chinese culture


Amy Brecount White said...

Hey, Christie. Happy 2010! If you're interested in the language of flowers, you might want to check out my YA novel, FORGET-HER-NOTS (HarperCollins, 2010). It's about the language of flowers come magically to life in the hands of a fourteen year old girl.

Sweet basil (for good wishes),

Amy (Brecount White)

Christie @ OH-MY-LA said...

WOW Amy I will check it out - thanks so much for dropping in!

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