Decorating with Flowers and Foliage

Individuals who gave someone flowers during the 19th century were sending a message communicated not by words on a card but by the blossoms used in bouquets, wreaths and swags.

The origins of this unique language are in Turkey. A French painter fell in love with a Harem girl. They traveled to France as man and wife and she taught the language to the women in Europe. From there, the practice of sending messages with a flower bouquet spread around the world.

The Venus Fly Trap symbolizes danger and deceit while the Lemon Branch stands for vigor and zest.

Some meanings are hidden in the plant’s Latin name. The Daffodil’s Latin name is Narcissus and it is the symbol for egotism.

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