Thursday, March 27, 2008

(Be Careful When You) Say It With Flowers





Now that you're all acquainted with the Language of the Fan, it's time to learn a new tongue. Floriography (otherwise known as the Language of Flowers) is a complicated, sometimes baffling form of communication. Today, few people are fluent in floriography, but a hundred years ago, it was spoken by one and all.

In the Language of Flowers, each and every blossom holds a specific meaning. A simple bouquet could convey a person's love, friendship, admiration, or dislike. A poorly chosen corsage could ruin a relationship. Tucking the wrong flower behind your ear might send an embarrassing message.

For instance, you would never want to present your grandmother with a bouquet of yellow irises, as they symbolize romantic passion. However, if she were a wicked old witch, you might send her a few orange lilies, which would convey your hatred or dislike. But since your grandmothers are probably wonderful ladies, a better choice might be to pluck a few morning glories to show your sweet and sincere affection.

To see a full list of flowers and their meanings, click here.

So what flowers would Kiki Strike send? See below . . .




(Not so coincidentally, these flowers play a big role in one of my favorite books? Anyone know what it is?)

24 Comments:

Blogger Jin Ai said...

Is it possible that the meaning of the rhododendron came from the fact that some species of it are poisonous?

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st comment??
Umm, no.
Tell us!!!
That's sooooo cool! I am totaly goig to memorize that!


++ Mysterie

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or try ^^^

Mysterie

8:06 PM  
Anonymous invisible turtle said...

It's a rhododendron (no, I didn't know that, it was in the picture's address when I pressed properties) If I did know, it would be a useless random fact from a book or tv. Or your blog.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

That is so awesome! ^^ Now I know not to send my math teacher an arbutus (according to the website, it means 'thee only do I love.')
-shudders- I think my math teacher is a werewolf; he has too much facial hair and seems to be pure evil...

Kirsten, you better not send us a cyclamen (resignation)!! EVER.

12:14 AM  
Blogger !!LORNA!! said...

Wasn't there a flower used in the Fille Fiable concoction or the potion that smelt like feet???

2:12 AM  
Blogger theysaywordscanbleed said...

man, that's a lot to take in.

Arlene,
Tacoma florist

3:43 AM  
Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

there rhododendrons

7:15 AM  
Anonymous sffh said...

Wow! That's amazing! And a lot of meanings to remember. Are there any other secret languages you have to share?

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are they iris's?

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of any book that rhododendrons play a big role except perhaps walk to moons by sharon creech?
~spiffy

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To this site, I give a fern!

2:53 PM  
Blogger FN da World Dictator said...

So cool!!! I'll use on the snobby girls at parties. No not in a mean way....or maybe in a mean way.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

A florist reads my blog! How awesome!

For those that asked . . . the book's name is Rebecca. I highly recommend it, though it's probably PG-13 rated. But far less risque than the Gossip Girls books.

1:06 PM  
Blogger FN da World Dictator said...

I saw the list of flowers. I like monkshood-which means BEWARE DANGER IS NEAR!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

There's a book series about a girl called Enola Holmes who does a bunch of cool things with flower meanings. She could almost be a Victorian-age irregular!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

Hey Ananka, who wrote "Rebecca"? When I enter it in the computer catalog at the library, I get around a bazillion books with "Rebecca" in them.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Patsee: It's by Daphne Du Maurier

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Kirsten: just found a review while browsing Bookshelves of Doom, of a book which has references to both the language of flowers, and fans. I haven't read it, nor do I know if I will, but thought you might be interested. ^^

http://bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com/bookshelves_of_doom/2007/11/court-duel----s.html

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi that is wierd/cool. does anyone know whee is kristen miller at this time or if thtere is a third book???

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ananka, will there be a third book??

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love kristen miller's books!! i heard that the third book iwll be published in 2008. yeah!! i went to kirstenmiller.com because i thought maybe its her site but i think i got the wrong person. it said that she died. i was so freaked.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Persephone said...

Did you know that in Japan, white carnations are used at funerals?

7:29 PM  
Blogger Air is Where said...

i would be a green rose. +)

5:23 PM  

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