For centuries, flowers have been used to convey different messages, sentiments, and gestures. Lilies, for example, have commonly come to be known to symbolize peace. In our bookshelf of literary goodies, we’re excited to be featuring Meaningful Bouquets, a handy handbook by Leigh Okies and Lisa McGuinness that guides you through 25 gorgeous flower arrangement how-tos while detailing the messages and meanings behind them.
This book had our brains blooming with inspiration, so we dug up some dirt on what flowers meant in the Victorian era. Back in the day, when you wanted to convey a specific message, an invitation, or a response, you would carefully select the flowers you’d send to the recipient. Basically, flowers were the O.G. emojis.
Check out these illustrations of some of our favorite phrases from the antiquated language of flowers:
Send them a hyacinth to let them know you like their style.
Give them a yellow tulip to let them know you’ve gone totally nutso over them.
Send someone a blue cornflower to tell them they’d better be on their best behavior, because you have no time to deal with anything but.
A white lily tells them you love them just the way they are.
Why not carry some of these expressions into your spring wardrobe? Floral fashions are all abloom this season:
+ What’s your favorite flower?