What is your favourite flower?
I have loads of favourites. My grandparents were horticulturalists with their own nursery, with my Mum working for them, and so I was surrounded by flowers and plants growing up. I love them. I love nature!
(I wish I was better at keeping them alive, but…)
But my love of flowers isn’t limited to my childhood. My boyfriend (now husband!) immediately understood my obsession with flowers, and has treated me with flowers throughout our dating life, engagement, and marriage.
In fact, one of my favourite flowers is the purple/blue orchid, the first flowers he ever treated me with.
Flowers have been used in courting for years, and the Victorian era solidified our ideas of the language of flowers, which existed as early as the Regency period.
This secret code was designed to make sure that other people couldn’t immediately tell what you wanted to say to your beloved.
So did you know what a gentleman caller would be saying to you if they sent you…
…a mimosa? This delicate plant meant ‘chastity’, because of the way its petals close up when touched.
…a dark pink rose? This gorgeous blossom means ‘thankfullness’.
…a sprig of heath lavender? I love this scent, and when given as a gift, it means ‘admiration’.
…an orange lily? Run a mile if you receive this one – it secretly means ‘hatred’!
…a sweet pea posy? My absolute favourite flower, this heavily scented flower means ‘blissful pleasure’ or ‘goodbye’!
Did any of these surprise you? What is your favourite flower – let me know in the comments, and I will tell you what it means!