There is a delightful, yet, thought provoking book called, “The Language of Flowers”, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It is beautifully written and paints a vivid description of a memorable woman who uses her gift for flowers to help change the lives of the people she meets. While doing so, she must learn to heal from her past and lean into her future.
Have you ever thought about the types of flowers you are drawn to and what they say about your character or personality? I think we all tend to choose our favorite flowers. Does your spouse always bring you yellow roses? Are geraniums your go-to garden plant? For me and my garden, it is azalea’s, hot pink geraniums, Calla lilies, marigolds, zinnias, and mums.
Just as there are birth month gems, there are birth month flowers. My birthday is in May, so of course, I have the emerald; but also the Lily of the Valley. Lily of the Valley means humility, chastity, and sweetness. My, what a lot to live up to.
Think of all the ways flowers touch our lives. The bouquet brought to you in the hospital; the unexpected single rose from the one you love; the spray laid upon a casket as a sign of respect and honor. The type of flowers we choose for each person or occasion speaks volumes about the type of person who chose them. Dainty and pale, bold and large, even all one color says to the world, “ I am here. These flowers are part of me and me of them. Drink in the fragrance and feel my thoughts of you.”
My little granddaughter delights in walking the neighborhood, admiring the flowers and doodle bugs. She loves anything pink or purple and flowers are no exception. She will sometimes pluck a flower from its stem and smile as she hands it to me, “Here, Nannie… I got you a flower!” Time stands still and beauty knows no age limit, as we drink in the flower’s fragrance, gaze at its magnificence and feel the draw toward its delicate attraction.
If I could send you a little bouquet today, it would include pink carnations (I’ll never forget you), gardenias (You’re lovely), irises (Your friendship means so much to me), blue violets (faithfulness) and maybe an orchid (love, beauty, refinement). Flowers may not be a replacement for telling someone how you really feel about them. Giving a bouquet of flowers is no excuse to not say “I love you.” But, with the language of flowers you can say less and mean more, and as Lydia M. Child once said,
“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character.”