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
Pink Carnation: Gratitude
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
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!
Today has been one of those perfect days … the kind of summer day that memories are made of.
Big fluffy clouds.
Plenty of garden blooms.
Extra time with my honey.
Just summer fun.
I am grateful.
We did a little gardening, a few household chores, made a quick trip to Lowes and a local garden center to look at hydrangeas. You’d think I have enough. But no. There is always room for another rose and another hydrangea! And, Country Harmony had just the hydrangea I was looking for – Little Lime. He joins the other 5 Little Limes in my garden. I know. I know. But, I just love them! I am also crazy about Bobo and Pinky Winky and Annabelle and … well you get the picture! 🙂
Rose: Flamenco Rosita
Rose: Olivia Rose Austin
Rose in front: Campfire
Rose in front: Beverly
Rose: The Generous Gardener (DA)
Rose: Black Forrest
I hope you had a wonderful day that was filled with the things you love best.
Hey, Mr. G is working on a new project for me! I think it will be ready soon for the big reveal. Maybe even tomorrow. I am so excited about this I am practically jumping up and down. Actually I am jumping up and down.