A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby“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.
Victorian Flower Language
Floriography language of flowers is a means of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible , particularly of love and lovers in the Song of Songs ,  as an emblem for the Israelite people  and for the coming Messiah. Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century. Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.
The truth is, though, Victorians had a lot of feelings. These were small bouquets made up of different herbs and flowers —each of which carried some kind of meaning. Depending on the arrangement, a Victorian with a little flower money could communicate any sentiment —from deep passion to rejection to distrust—all through a collection of plants. And honestly? I think the Victorians had it right on this one. Imagine having a way to tell someone they better watch themselves rhododendron or that you thought they were cute China rose through a secretly coded and truly stunning bouquet.
The first flower dictionary was written in in Paris, by Charlotte de la Tour. A Victorian lady, Miss Corruthers of Inverness, wrote a book on the language of flowers in and her book became the source for flower symbolism both in England and the United States. Flowers are a special gift from God Flowers have been a source of beauty, joy, peace, love and inspiration throughout the ages. Whatever the occassion, marriage, birth, anniversary, birthday, illness, death, festival Flowers have a language of their own. For every sentiment, there is a flower that can express your feelings without words.