A return to the Victorian era of the language of flowers is suddenly becoming very trendy. Several novels have recently been published on the language of flowers, even making the New York Times Bestseller list. Interest started to spark after Kate Middleton told the world that she had designed her wedding bouquet to “convey a personal message.” Kate is said to have used a stem of myrtle that came from the plant of Queen Victoria, and is the emblem of marriage and love in her bouquet.
Flowers have long been a device to help us communicate our emotions and sentiments. The first known flower dictionary was published in France in 1818, but there are references in the Bible and recent research detailing secret flower codes date back to the Middle Ages. Shakespeare often used flowers in his plays to send a message, like the passage from Hamlet, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
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