The Secret Meaning of Flowers

Did you know flowers have a secret meaning? Here we help you decode their significance! Surprise your partner with a hidden message next time you give them flowers. 

Back during Queen Victoria’s rein – when Snapchatting or Facebooking wasn’t an option – floriography, or the cryptological communication through flowers was the chosen method among the well-to-do for sending secretive messages that were simply to offensive for delicate ears. 

Tussie-mussies – or poses - were like the emoji of the Victorian age.  The small bouquets of flowers wrapped in a lace doily were a charming gift –but they also held enticing secrets in their foliage - enigmatic messages that could mean anything from ‘I like your company’, to ‘let’s get courting’, or ‘sod off’.

What made this ancient art truly beguiling is that flower meanings could differ wildly depending on where you lived, how you delivered them, what season it was, how you arranged them and most importantly, what flower dictionary you used – leaving many young ladies in a state of anguish guessing whether his posy of lavender was a declaration of admiration, or a gentle refusal.

Here, we decode the secret meaning of flowers! So get romantic and surprise your nearest and dearest with a hidden message next time you give flowers.


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