A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion

A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion


By (author) Mandy Kirkby, Foreword by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 193mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345532864
  • ISBN 13: 9780345532862
  • Illustrations note: 4-COLOR THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 46,294

Product description

A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it. Daffodils signal "new beginnings, "daisies" innocence." Lilacs mean "the first emotions of love, "periwinkles "tender recollection." Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet."

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Author information

Mandy Kirkby is an editor and a flower enthusiast. She lives in Cambridge, England.