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Floriography: The Language of Flowers

Friday, 21st August 2015, Written By HQ Writer… Erin

Floriography, or the language of flowers, was a Victorian means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. The Victorian period ushered in a time of proper etiquette in England and there were expected behaviours that prohibited outright conversations. Flowers quickly increased in popularity as a way to communicate discretely to others. Each specific flower had a different message behind it as did the ribbon that tied them together or the manner by which the bouquet was worn.

Today, the nuances of are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love while white roses suggest virtue and chastity. We love this tradition and have been busy decoding what the flowers in our past and present collections mean…

Lily of the Valley

If you ever wanted to thank someone for brightening up your day, a bunch of Lily of the Valley can do just the trick. In the vintage art form of Floriography, this flower secretly conveyed the return of one’s happiness. Share with all who you wish to thank for rubbing out those gloomy patches in your day.

Peony - Peoneve
Meaning: Bashfulness
Should a lady be presented with peonies in an upright position, it would signify her suitor’s appreciation of her coy nature. Peoneve is a lush floral capturing a bright and delicate peony blooming in an English garden.
Peonies are also thought of as signifying bravery, honour, prosperity and masculinity in the far East – and Peoneve certainly smells wonderful on many of the gentlemen know, where the woody notes become amplified on a masculine skin.

Rose - Elisabethan Rose
Meaning: Perfect Happiness
A holographic and translucent rose in full blossom, with a sparkling geranium opening, and a smooth, honeyed chamomile accent, Elisabethan Rose will symbolise both contentment and patience.

Violet - Violetta
Meaning: Virtue & Faithfulness
Deliciously candied and with a verdant and vibrant green top-note, Violetta captures the purity of violets in one of our most surprising and realistic scents. A gift of violets would convey an eternal love, and that perhaps a proposal was on the horizon.

Stock - Night Scented Stock
Meaning: Lasting Beauty
Forming part of our Anthology collection, Night Scented Stock is a hazy white floral, breathing life into a bouquet of heavily scented stocks, above a delicate and powdery blend of heliotrope and benzoin. Whilst many other white floral ingredients are associated with impurity, stock connotes an unchanging adoration.

Lavender - Lavandula
Meaning: Devotion & Distrust.
If perhaps a suitor had reason to believe he wasn’t the only one vying for a lady’s affections, a gift of lavender would let her know his devotion, but also of his mistrust. Lavandula is smooth, green and shimmering, decorating lavender with a spicy facet and ambery warmth.

What does your fragrance say about you in Floriography? Which of these flowers would you like to be presented with? Let us know if you agree with them in the comments below..