Flowers have been used to send spoken and unspoken sentiments since ancient times. During the Victorian Era, an entire vocabulary of obvious and covert messages was created using flowers.
The color, species and how they were arranged all had a bearing on the message being sent. While flowers Mount Gambier doesn’t present any hidden messages with hat box and formal arrangements, bouquets are available to brighten a day or just say hello.
Known as floriography, a variety of messages could be sent through the simple selection of certain flowers. The communication method was already being used in the Middle East before traveling to England where it became extremely popular. Many flowers were imported into Australia to keep the conversation going.
It was during that time that small bouquets known as nosegays or tussie-mussies came into common use to send messages about topics that proper Victorian etiquette didn’t allow. Flowers were also used to communicate between different social classes when outright conversation would have been viewed as the height of impropriety.
Every country had its own version of floriography that depended on native blooms of the area and Australia was no different. The clematis signified true love, while the forked comb fern meant someone was boastful. The spotted orchid meant hope, the flannel flower expressed a wish to be with one’s love, and the waratah denoted remembrance.
For those that felt forsaken, anemone was the flower of choice, while agapanthus was delivered to a secret love, and ambrosia denoted a love that was returned. Begonias were sent as a warning, bells of Ireland were delivered for luck, and a solid color carnation meant yes, while a striped carnation said no.
White heather was a symbol of protection, a yellow hyacinth donated jealousy, and a gift of ivy was bestowed on couples for wedded love. Individuals of wealth displaying pridefulness were sent a tiger lily and the popular petunia signified resentment and anger. A crimson rose was for mourning and not love as it is today. Snapdragons denoted deception, a spider flower was an invitation to elope, and wisteria was an open welcome.
Every culture has had its own floriography dictionary and flowers Mount Gambier can satisfy the desire to send condolences, let someone know they’re cherished, and welcome a new life into the world. Hat boxes and arrangements are available to convey any sentiment desired. Anytime is the right time for flowers Mount Gambier.