A Garden of Meanings

“Gardens are poems where you stroll with your hands in your pockets.” – Pierre Albert Birot

Were you aware flowers have meanings?  They do.  The Victorians were ever so mindful about their meanings, especially in the use of a Tussie-Mussie.  A tussie-mussie, is a romantic bouquet.  Discreet and knowledgeable young ladies and gentlemen would correspond with one another by this means.  And in doing so, they were quite careful to use specific flowers according to their meaning.  

A single flower or a tiny bouquet would be sent to or from an admirer.  A young man may send a sprig of honeysuckle meaning – I have devoted affections.  The young lady may reciprocate, depending on her feelings, by sending a pansy saying,  “I, too, have tender thoughts.”   

While we no longer communicate in such ways, I will tell you I do believe our world could use use a little romance.  So, just in case you don’t have, at your fingertips, a little book on the language of flowers.  I am sending you a few flowers and their meanings. 

Anemone – Desertion

Bachelor Button – Hope in Love

Bluebell – Delicacy

Columbine – Capriciousness

Coreopsis – Forever Cheerful

Daisy – Innocence

Freesia – Innocence

Forget-me-not – True Love

Honeysuckle – Devoted Affections

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of Happiness

Pansy – Tender Thoughts

Red Rose – Love

Snapdragon – Presumption

Thyme – Thriftiness

Yellow Rose – Friendship

Zinnia – Simplicity

And, of course you want to know about the peony.  In my opinion, the peony is the queen of the garden – she is the star.

 The meaning of a peony – Bashfulness

While I am over the moon about peonies, many flower lovers feel the same about roses.  One such remarkable person was Helen Keller.  The following are her inspirational thoughts – clearly, she understood ” A Garden of Meanings.” 

“But the roses they were loveliest of all.  Never have I found in the greenhouses of the North such heart-satisfying roses as the climbing roses of my southern home. They used to hang in long festoons from our porch, filling the whole air with their fragrance, untainted by any earthy smell:  and in the early morning, washed in the dew, they felt so soft, so pure, I could not help wondering if they did not resemble the asphodels of God’s garden.”  

Wishing you and yours simply glorious days during this magnificent month of May.

Thanks for visiting!

Au Revoir,


Photos:  Tusie-Musie:  facebook/pinterest

Peony: behance/pinterest

Roses: watercolorflorals.blogspot.uk/pinterest

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Louise Stronach
Helen Keller expressed the “something remembered” that we all share. To know and be known by people whose memories are long enough to tell you how much around the eyes you look like your grandmother gives us a deeper context than you can give yourself and to be reunited with the beautiful roses or lilacs or peonies lets us feel part of that remembered past in such an exquisite way. Thanks for the memories Sandra, I have just such a memory for the Roses and the Lilacs and it is as if I can smell them and see them again… Read more »
Shirley @Housepitality Designs

I remember learning about the sentiments/meanings behind each flower and glad that you refreshed my memory….yes, peonies are so gorgeous…as the magnificent rose and love hydrangeas!