The Language of Flowers.
The Tall Poppy is so named because we encourage people to make the most of themselves in whatever way they can. To be a tall poppy is a wonderful experience, no matter how long it lasts.
The poppy is a lovely flower and has come to mean remembrance, particularly the Flanders poppy. Did you know that it also can mean oblivion and eternal sleep? For many years, especially in the Victorian age, flowers each held a particular meaning. The red poppy, for example, can mean pleasure or consolation.
One of my favourite flowers is the divinely scented gardenia. It represents secret love. The meaning seems an appropriate match for the purity of the petals.
What flowers would it not be good to receive? Geraniums are associated with silliness, orange lilies with dislike and cyclamen with goodbye. Can you imagine the confusion that a mixed bouquet might have caused in the time of Jane Austen?
If you would like to know more about the language of flowers then drop over at My New Shiny Shoes where Michelle will tell you of a competition running during February and the prize is a beautiful book. It will tell you everything you want to know about interpreting flowers.