A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion

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Ballantine Books, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 187 pages
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“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.

 

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A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirkby and Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a wonderful companion to Diffenbaugh’s novel, The Language of Flowers. Beginning with a few introductory pages Diffenbaugh ... Read full review

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Most South Africans steer clear of those books of the secret language of flowers [why it’s still a secret after the many books published on the subject is a mystery] so beloved of the Victorians ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mandy Kirkby is an editor and a flower enthusiast. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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