"During the Victorian era the language of flowers was as important to people as being "well dressed." For example, the recognizable scent of a particular flower, plant or perhaps a scented handkerchief sent its own unique message.
Flowers adorned almost everything… hair, clothing, jewelry, gowns, men’s lapels, home décor and china, and stationery, to name a few... Flowers would convey messages of love or dislike depending upon which ones were given, their sizes how they were held, or also grouped together. They had a silent meaning of their very own, and could "say" what was not dared to be spoken. Even the manner in which flowers were sent had a special meaning... "(read full article here)
Flowers are the language of the soul - at least of my soul.
Over the past several weeks I've been staying at my mom's in upstate NY. I love sitting in the breeze way - working - writing my book. I love it because of the flowers that surround me. I spent my life working in my parents greenhouses. I grew up around dark purples, bright reds and fuchsia pink geraniums. I didn't know it then but my cellular DNA was being wired to breath better when among such beauty.A few weeks ago Steve and I went to Portsmouth New Hampshire - what I loved most was the landscaping. Every house was lavished with hydrangeas, holly hocks, and green and white hostas. The flowers and shrubs looked wild - so unlike the well manicured lawns in Dallas. Again I felt my soul breath lighter. I was meant to be where flowers, trees, shrubs grow wild, untrimmed, flopping over one another like they are dancing and laughing in the sun.Sometimes when I have been away from the beauty of it I forget how much it makes me come alive. Flowers, trees and shrubs are my souls language - beauty in the breeze way, sacredness in the dirt, creativity bursting, it speaks to me.I'm so grateful for the view in mom's breezeway.