For thousands of years, diverse cultures and religions have attributed special meaning to plants and flowers. These meanings were used to communicate messages through the arranging of flowers. In the 19th century, those living in both England and the U.S. saw a resurgence of the practice of floriography. In circumstances where it would not have been acceptable to express certain feelings out loud in Victorian society, a coded message could be shared through the giving of a floral bouquet. It was a must for Victorian ladies to have a floral dictionary readily on hand should a vase of beautiful flowers arrive on the doorstep from a secret admirer.
Today, we are focusing once again on how to bring the beauty of flowers into your everyday life. We have two more tips to share with you below.
- Floral Adornments as Accessories: Throughout the centuries women (and men) have used flowers as adornments to hairstyles. They were status symbols and signs of achievement and even wealth. During the Victorian era many a society lady would feel naked unless every detail of their attire was addressed to perfection. Even the elaborate coiffures would not be complete without an impeccable blossom or two. Today it is a feminine yet sorely underutilized accessory. Silk flowers can be found in realistic varieties and can be easily adapted to hair clips and headbands.
- Potpourri: In this day and economy, stretching the dollar is very important. Once the flowers in your vases begin to droop don’t rush them into the trash. Dry them. The practice of making potpourri from dried flowers dates back more than 6,000 years to the early Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. Potpourri was used for everything from religious ceremonies to decoration of the home. Today it is an easy, economical and lovely way to naturally scent and beautify your home.
Written and photographed by Melinda Graham