A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings love or grief, jealousy or devotion Now, modern day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings love or grief, jealousy or devotion Now, modern day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.
A Victorian Flower Dictionary The Language of Flowers Companion A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians
I remember, I first read the novel of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and also remember that the protagonist, Victoria, carried a dictionary meaning of flowers and their importance in the Victorian era, so imagine my surprise when one day, I browsing in bookstores, I found a book, a dictionary of flowers, with his history, his meaning and beautiful artwork, which included a foreword by the same author.It was a revelation to read this book Maybe not all like them flowers, because a [...]
On of the best books gifted to me, the Language of Flowers combines the beauty of nature and the hidden meanings they carry I m a huge fan of symbolism so having a full book dedicated to this topic is fantastic Not only do we get the meaning but we are also told the history and traditions that come along with these flowers You should pick it up if you like the topic or if you want to find a bit about it Also, it helps that is a pleasing to the eye wink wink
The Language of FlowersEverything about this book is beautiful, when you read Nizar Qabanni s Arabic Poet about Jasmine Flowers and feel your heart ache over its scent, or when the images of the Japanese Blossom s festival blow your mind away, or when you buy Marc Jacobs perfume Daisy , Or when you know that the movie Black Dhalia refers to the dark depressing looking flower, or find A rose the most romantic sentimental gift from a lover, when A flower is better congratulations or get well soon [...]
I liked this even better than The Language of Flowers, the novel of which it is a companion a rather disappointing novel, actually The illustrations inside this book are not quite as lavish as the description on the back cover promised, and the lack of references lends a certain vagueness to the various flora related anecdotes described But what can I say, I just really like flower symbolism, I find it quite fascinating.
Once you ve read, and loved, The Language of Flowers, you ll be pleased to know there s something else to read to make the magic of the book linger I learnt so much about flowers and their meanings The romance of it all is seductive.The Victorian language of flowers is fascinating and complex I can only imagine the many scandals born as a result of giving the wrong bloom to the wrong person You will treasure this book.
Conosco un ciglio dove il timo selvatico fiorisce,crescon le margherite e reclinano il capo le viole,coperto da un padiglione di fin troppo rigoglioso caprifoglio,con dolci rose muschiate e roselline di macchia.Col , fra i fiori, Titania dorme talvolta di notte,cullata da musiche e danze.
Buy this it is so fun to have if you send flowers Even if the person you send the flowers to doesn t know the code you do and that s enough.
A delightful book, which seeks to translate the language of flowers In the Victorian era, a flower was laced with symbolism and meaning Giving a flower denoted intention, revealed emotion It almost seems a shame that we have lost so much of the understanding of the secret meanings behind each flower This book sets out each flower, handily listed in alphabetical order, and then explains both the meaning and the history behind how each flower attained that meaning It does so in a very light and en [...]
This was fun It brought out all my vengeance seeking bad girl tendencies I so have a list of people who deserve a beautiful bouquet of scarlet geraniums Because they mean stupidity How fantastic is that Seriously I first became interested in the language of flowers from, what else, a squishy novel Those crazy repressed Victorians turned to forget me nots and tulips to say what needed to be said There was a pretty plate style color drawing for each flower 50 different flowers total Instead of an [...]
Great companion book for The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh It was so interesting how all types of artists from poets, writers, painters used the language of flowers in their work I was so intrigued with the way artists of very old paintings inserted certain flowers in their art to make statements I found myself perusing art on the web to see the paintings they make reference to in this book Loved it
A gem of a book Beautiful illustrations and a piece of refined elegance in a hectic world.
Nice design, some nice pictures, and probably a cute little book for the coffee table However, I m hardly a middle aged woman, and I was hoping for than slight drizzles of information and a half successful selection of poems sprinkled along the read Floriography without choreography, and for some reason Aaron Stainthorpe seemed to narrate a lot of it in my head as I read which obviously leaves me ambiguous as to whether that is a good thing or something to leave my lilies bent by tears I would [...]
This was a fun read Yes, I did read the whole thing from front to back and thoroughly enjoyed it This was the book I read in between novels when I still had quiet time in the house I was not disappointed There are beautiful illustrations, pages of information on flower meaning backgrounds and traditions, along with poems I have never particularly been into poetry but I found that the poems added to this book were very complimentary I was so fond of some of the poets that I will be looking into t [...]
A good accompanying book to have when reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh or The Witches of Cambridge by Meena Van Praag.Much of the book has a page or two explanation of the meaning behind certain flowers and an illustration of that flower There is of course also a standard flower dictionary with a word or two meaning for different flowers.
This book has some interesting tidbits I would like to see someone write a newer, comprehensive book about flowers and their language and history with illustrations.
A sweet book, as a garden gal I adore all the history and lore of flowers.
An excellent resource for writers and a charming nostalgic look at the way flowers were used to carry a message.
A lovely little book, I actually learned a thing or two Glad I ran across it
Really terrific, thorough and informative book, which tells us a lot about the history and culture of the time.
Be prepared for emotional depth and beautiful writing I d like to see this one become a movie Very good characterization.
4 out of 5 starsFlowers, EVERYWHERE Haha.In all seriousness, though, I really enjoyed this little book While I have never read The Language of Flowers, I became interested in the whole concept of the language of flowers, because of how much detail there is Literally every flower has some kind of meaning attached to it, and I am not exaggerating Also, I have been debating getting a tattoo in the near future, and if I do get any flowers on my body, I would like them to have some sort of meaning in [...]
A red rose means love, everyone knows that How about Canterbury Bells or Mistletoe then Most people know that flowers convey certain feelings and while we still revert to a floral language by giving flower bouquets on special occasions, much of the meaning behind the individual flowers has been reduced to a very limited and generalized one since Victorian times.Mandy Kirkby presents a wonderful book with The Language Of Flowers A Miscellany, the official companion to the novel of the same title [...]
In Victorian times people enjoyed using the hidden meaning of flowers to convey messages it was a fun past time of elite women However with this being said flowers have always been a part of everyone s life through the centuries In every culture they are used to recognize love happiness sickness death etc Fot instance when I was in India we took a boat down the Ganges and witnessed the cremations At every single site there were piles of marigolds Becaue they are symbolic of grief In china and T [...]
A Victorian Flower Dictionary The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby is so beautifully written The fact, myths, legends about this adorable little book is wonderful She not just lists what different flowers mean, though she tells you what the back story is on some featured flowers It is a great resource book for any and all who what to know the history of different kinds of flowers I enjoyed the parts about the legends of the Greek Gods that were involved with these different kinds of [...]
I was disappointed with this book It does contain some good information Unfortunately, the information is choppy and reads awkwardly Loosely formatted as a dictionary, the entries for the featured flowers are widely varying in amount type of content Worst of all, unlike the lovely illustration on the cover, the ones inside are very amateur looking, and at times even hard to recognize as specimens of the flower the are supposed to represent The book mentions a large number of historical publicati [...]
I picked up a copy of this at a delightful book signing reading Q A event with Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers The individuals putting on the event were selling copies of this along with Vanessa s book and she happily signed each one with little flower messages.Honestly, I bought it just to have something for her to sign I didn t expect to read it, intending to have a pretty book to sit on the shelf in the kitchen But the book is surprisingly adorable.The messages are swe [...]
A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirkby and Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a wonderful companion to Diffenbaugh s novel, The Language of Flowers Beginning with a few introductory pages Diffenbaugh writes that, In every culture throughout time, flowers have been central to the human experience The book is arranges in alpha order from anemone to weeping willow and illustrates in simple two color illustration the flower that is being defined and explored There are fifty flowers highlighted and the in [...]
The book is a fun resource to have on hand when making floral related decisions The majority of the book explores the meanings behind fifty featured plants For each flower, a lovely illustration is accompanied by 2 pages of text highlighting key points from its history, such as links to Greek mythology and appearances in art or poetry A quick reference guide is provided at the back of the book which includes individual flower meanings and suggested combinations for specific occasions.While I am [...]
I originally purchased this book as a mere reference to one of my website projects What a delightful read it turned out to be Apart from a comprehensive list of flowers and languages associated with them, readers will find refined depictions of fifty selected flowers that were most adored by the Victorians, each accompanied by a lovely color sketch, historical background, famous artworks and poems surrounding the flower the latter I enjoyed especially There are also valuable advices on bouquet m [...]
Well written book Provides a bit of history of the flower cultivation, the history of the meaning often from mythology , and literary or cultural references to the flower in each of the 50 flowers the author defines It includes an index that provides meaning for other flowers not covered in the main course of the book It also provides ideas for bouquets for different occasions, which is really handy to get started If you are at all interested or curious in flowers, give it a read Also handy for [...]