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?)


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 ^^^


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  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, that's a lot to take in.

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?

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. ^^

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 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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