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Mothers Day

07
May
2008
 

By Christine Lovatt

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by Nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek.
For love divine and sunny hours,
In the language of the flowers.

In Victorian times it was usual for messages to be sent in the form of a bouquet of flowers rather than with words. This practice still exists today. We send flowers to celebrate a new baby, a birthday, Valentine’s Day and they are especially popular on Mother’s Day. But do we know what it is that we are really saying?

Sending a bouquet of Forget-me-nots and Bluebells indicates true love and constancy. Four-leaf Clovers say ‘be mine’, but the Begonia indicates dark thoughts and the Buttercup suggests ingratitude. It would be very easy to send the wrong message.

Roses are known as the lover’s bloom. A single flower indicates sincerity and a combination of red and white says unity. Be careful not to send yellow ones, however, unless you wish to tell your beau that you are jealous and your love is waning.

Dame Edna Everage knew what she was doing when she chose the Gladiolus as her flower. This flower signifies strength of character and she certainly has that!

Many of us love to have a sachet of Lavender to impart a sweet scent to our houses, but beware! According to folklore, small poisonous snakes, or asps like to lie under lavender bushes. As people grew to distrust the plant the language of lavender came to express the same sentiment.

For the first emotions of love, Purple Lilac sends the perfect message, whereas a bunch of Iris indicates passion. Lupins send the much stronger message of voraciousness. Include an Amaryllis in the bunch to say ‘you are too proud’ or a Sunflower to indicate haughtiness.

A reference to a plant or flower in a poem is very likely to be a symbol for what that flower represents. William Wordsworth would have known that Daffodils send a message of regard and chivalry when he created that unforgettable image of ‘A host of golden daffodils’.

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

If you’re buying your mum flowers this Sunday, Pink Carnations are the most symbolic choice.  In Christian tradition the Virgin Mary shed tears as Jesus carried the Cross and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell, becoming the symbol of a mother's undying love.  Pink carnations are also very special Feng Shui enhancers representing admiration, regard, peace, love and sincerity.

I’d love to hear from you so post a comment and tell me what you’ve got planned to celebrate Mother’s Day.


Happy Puzzling!

 

 

3 Responses to

Mothers Day

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May 10, 2008 at 5:36 PM

 

Hi Christine, I was going to take the traditional Chrysanthemums to the cemetary on Sunday but now having read your blog Pink Carnation do seem more appropriate - thanks for that. By the way do Chrysanthemums have any special meaning or is it just because of the mum on the end that they are given for Mothers Day? I always thought flowers were a 'safe' alternative, I suppose I'll have to rethink that after some of your listings!!

 

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Fern said:
May 10, 2008 at 7:26 PM

 

In America they refer to chrysanthemums as Mums and are tradionally given on Mother's Day.

 

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May 12, 2008 at 1:49 PM

In Australia the chrysanthemum is a popular Mother’s Day flower because they are naturally in season in autumn, and are in full bloom and plentiful in time for Mother's Day.