The Language of Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell those you love that they are special to you. To me that message is best conveyed with flowers and food …a special dessert … a special meal … or CHOCOLATE. (Chocolate is food right!)

The Victorians were serious about their flowers and even developed a “love language of flowers” that included herbs, shrubs, roses and more. Don’t you just love that! These arrangements were often given in a small nosegay called a Tussie Mussie. Mothers of that era were directed to teach their daughters religion and the art of making a well-made bokay. Talk about your priorities! 🙂

Since we do not have the advantage of floral dictionaries common in Victorian days, we might have to explain the flowers offerings we share. But, I’m thinking it might just be worth the effort to make someone’s day.

Here are a few of my favorite herbs and flowers and their meanings….

Basil: Best Wishes
Black Eyed Susan: Encouragement
Daisy: Beauty, Innocence
Parsley: Joy
Pink Carnation: Gratitude
Rosemary: Remembrance
Lavender: Devotion
Lily of the Valley: Sweetness
Lemon Verbena: Enchantment
Red Rose: I love you, desire
Pink Rose: Appreciation
Yellow Rose: Friendship
Lavender Roses: Love at first sight and enchantment
Zinnia: Thoughts of absent friends

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FROM ME TO YOU…

I am virtually putting together a Tussie Mussie for you. It includes yellow and pink roses with a touch of rosemary, basil and lemon verbena. 🙂

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

💌💌💌

 

An Immediate Connection

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Last week I had the pleasure to speak to the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society and to spend several days with them. I knew I would have a good time, but I didn’t know what a deep connection we would form. Was it the charm of New Orleans or the old garden roses or our mutual love of gardening or perhaps the combination of all of that plus all the stories we shared in such a short time. I doubt there is a more caring group of people anywhere. They take hospitality to an entirely new level.

A heartfelt thank you….

To the amazing Peggy Martin (read her story here) for the invitation, her extra effort as a tour guide — making sure I saw as much as possible in our 4 days together. And, I did! For the lovely guest room filled to the brim with roses. Ahhhh I was in heaven. And, for the opportunity to learn we are twins on so many levels! To MJ for the stories and the amazing shrimp. I’ll be back for more.

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To Diane Wilensky, president of the NO Old Garden Rose Society, for all the laughs and conversations and for hosting me even though you are going through home renovations! I can’t wait for my return visit to see the finished product! Oh, let’s not forget your getting up at 4 am to take me to the airport! #RedLipstickRules 💄

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To Eddie and Sue Sanchez for a lovely dinner and beinget experience! (Plus Diane’s sugary episode ! 😂) For showing me what David Austin roses can really do, and for sending me off with New Orleans finest coffee. Mr. G thanks you too! #CoffeeMakesEverythingBetter ☕️

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To Peter Patout for hosting all of us in his charming home in the French Quarter on the historic Bourbon Street and serving us the most delicious crawfish etoufette.

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To Leo Watermeier for the tour of the beautiful rose garden in Louis Armstrong Park and for his tireless work in caring for these historical roses!  I’ll be back to see them bloom! And, for choosing the perfect lunch spot — Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe.

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To Jon Kemp (and her husband John Reed) for inviting us to their lovely 1810 Creole Cottage in the French Quarter. I doubt I will ever forget you, your lovely home and enchanting garden, the walls banked with roses… or that amazing praline covered King Cake! 😉

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To Margaret Ganier for all the “fail proof” tips on rooting rose cuttings! I can’t wait to get started! I am determined to make you proud!

To Kim Ngan Nguyen for the enthusiatic welcome, finding me on Instagram and getting the books ordered so quickly. Best wishes in finding your much deserved Pearl.

And to all the rest of this amazing group, thank you for the warm welcome!

Have a bloom-filled spring!

On the Road … New Orleans

To be in the home of Peggy Martin ( Peggy Martin Rose ) is to be surrounded by wonderful rose friends, the original Peggy Martin rose, delicious food and amazing rose gardens! All steeped in sweet southern charm. Today’s agenda is filled with more garden tours! Sorry to my hometown friends who are experiencing ice and snow! 80 degree here!

Do you think I’m having fun? Somebody pinch me! My head is swirling!

You can read Peggy’s amazing story here… https://thegardendiary.com/tag/peggy-martin/

More stories to come.

But, we aren’t even going to talk about how much shrimp I am eating! Note: Peggy’s amazing husband is a shrimp expert! 🍤 #luckyme

 

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