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“SAY IT WITH FLOWERS”

Floriography, the language of flowers, became popular during the Victorian era. Many kinds of messages were sent via flowers. In fact, floriography became so complicated that dictionaries were created to explain the meaning of floral “gifts.”

“Say It with Flowers.” Have you heard that expression before now? It’s not original with me, of course. In 1910 it became the slogan of the Florist’s Telegraph Delivery Association, FTD, and was used in an ad campaign for Mother’s Day in 1918. FTD allowed the gifting of flowers throughout the world. We can still use the service today, and it has kept step with the digital age.

My husband knows that flowers are a welcomed gift for me for almost any occasion, including birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day. I would love to have a yard full of flowers and flowering shrubs, and perhaps one day I will. At one time I grew roses and bearded iris which I shared with members of our church family for their birthdays. To me, flowers are an expression of caring and love.

Recently we received notice of the death of a friend’s father, a man we had known personally. We were unable to attend his funeral, but the friend sent us a packet of daisy seeds to plant in his memory.

Floriography isn’t as popular today as it was in Victorian times. I choose flowers because of their color, scent, or size and shape. I buy flowers for others that I think they will like. If I want to know the meaning of a certain flower, I search for a website on the Internet.

The presence of flowers enriches our lives. If you have ever taken time to examine a flower closely, you may appreciate the intricacy of its design as well as its color. And if you don’t have allergies, you may enjoy the scent. (Some flowers have a scent humans can’t appreciate, but pollinators like butterflies and bees do.)

Flowers are a gift of beauty and grace from our Creator. I love the beautiful greens of grass and leaves, but the colors of flowers add sparkle. I suppose that’s one reason I often describe scenes with flowers, why the meadow of wildflowers became a focal point in Meadow Song, and Kate found employment with a florist.

Do you prefer wildflowers or cultivated ones?

(Information about the slogan and FTD from the website https://www.creativereview.co.uk/say-it-with-flowers)