Sunday, May 23, 2004

Thoughts on gardening...

I have loved flowers since I was a little girl. I used to take my allowance to the farmer's market and buy bouquets of gladiolus with my money. Herbs and flowers all have a world of their own and each has a special meaning. In Victorian times, gentlemen would send their lady friends flowers according to their meaning. Here are a few examples:
feverfew, good health, warmth, you light up my life; heliotrope, devotion, faithfulness, I adore you; lavender, passion; lemon balm, healing lore; laurel, sucess, glory; marigold,health, joy, sunshine, thyme, bravery, courage, strength; yarrow, cure for heartache; bleeding heart, elegance, fidelity; daisy, innocence; cosmo, modesty; heather, admiration, wishes come true, lady's slipper, capricious beauty; nasturtium, patriotism; Queen Anne's Lace, I'll return; snapdragon, no, you are dazzling, but dangerous; sweet william, childhood, memories; verbena, faithfulness, and lastly zinnia, thoughts of absent friends! So, next time you send a bouquet....

1 comment:

allwritekathy said...

I love this. Thanks so much for introducing me to it. You are still my mentor and inspiration no matter where you are or how you are. I am sure I can't keep up with what you do (even when you are 1/2 blind) but as a mentee, I guess I don't have to.

Love the messages, one and all. I am deep in the middle of The Devil and the White City. I absolutely love it. I have told many and recommended it to them. Wish I could hear your research that I am sure you would do on it. Again Miss You Much! KD