Should you send a rose of crimson or of white to the one you love What gift of flowers best expresses thanks to a dear friend From ancient days, long before words complicated what we say to one another, flowers have been our messengers, invested with our most cherished feelings Illustrated with luscious collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this enchanting tribute toShould you send a rose of crimson or of white to the one you love What gift of flowers best expresses thanks to a dear friend From ancient days, long before words complicated what we say to one another, flowers have been our messengers, invested with our most cherished feelings Illustrated with luscious collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this enchanting tribute to the power and symbolism of flowers offers a contemporary introduction to an age old tradition The text draws on botanical, historical, and mythological sources worldwide, from ancient Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, presenting portraits of almost 50 blossoms favored for all time In Persia, for instance, the black medulla of the red tulip was said to represent the lover s heart, burnt to a coal by love s passion To Victorians, lavender signified a broken trust, hollyhocks fertility, and nasturtiums a jest or whimsy Blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art, The Meaning of Flowers explores the language and lore of nature s most intimate and beautiful gifts.
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Very interesting, and well rounded background knowledge of flowers.
A very pretty book, but not much information or background information at all.
This was a fun little book to read in two or three minute increments If I had tried to sit down with it for hours at a time, it would have been boring, but it makes a great coffee table or bathroom book The photographs are charming and the little stories sometimes very interesting This is very short, just a paragraph or two, at the most, about each of sixty common flowers, a little about their history and their symbolism in a particular culture or two.Some of the interesting little facts includ [...]
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Meh Short little book with, I admit, excellent illustrations that goes over the meanings of various flowers in flower language, as well as a brief introduction that goes into what flower language actually is It does give meanings that are not strictly European in origin, which was nice The problem is that it doesn t actually source any of its assertions and I m not particularly sure I believe any of them Pick it up at the library for the illustrations, but I m not sure it s really useful for any [...]
I mourn for the trees that were killed to make these pages, as well as the ink that was wasted One possible option of redemption would be to frame the illustrations If the best possible outcome for a novel is described as a bathroom reader or an element of decorating you can rest assured that is is a failure There are no footnotes or sources in which the author attempts to provide stamina for her dubious assertions of symbolism, meaning, or history.
A beautifully illustrated book of sixty two different flowers and their historical social meanings.The next time you want to send roses to your love, why not show her how you really feel and send her violets instead, as a pledge of your faithfulness Or red heather that promises passion The sparse, neat writing combines well with the elegant collage work The language of flowers may be archaic, but it may be worth reviving
Thanks for this book, Kate Adding Proteas to my landscape project
A sweet, quick read a crash course in the meanings behind flowers, complete with beautiful pictures The only thing I didn t like was that there was not a picture with every flower
Contained some interesting information.
It is what it is Light, beautifully illustrated drivel.
You can easily read this book from start to finish in a day, but I loved how the layout allowed for simply looking up just the flowers you were interested in too.
Subject was interesting to me as a gardener Wish there was information for each flower.
Interesting, since I ve always been fascinated with flowers and their meanings This wasn t as useful as I d hoped, however.
Each flower has a meaning and this book tells and explains each.
Great for a beginner in this field It s worth the read just for ann field s whimsical imagery.