To All the Mothers We Know & Love

Here’s an old way to say Happy Mother’s Day…

The Language of Flowers.

One characteristic of humans is the need to share emotions. Several times during human history, cultures have attempted to stifle that sharing. One notable example was during the 1800s in Victorian England where speaking your feelings was discouraged & speaking from the heart was unheard of. Humans, being what they are, found a way around the social mores & invented a whole new language…one based on flowers. This floral language, called Floriography, used different flowers to communicate different emotions.

If you wanted to communicate what was in your heart or mind, all you had to do was send a bouquet of carefully chosen blooms (called tussie-mussies or nosegays) & your message was made perfectly clear.  Sending someone red tulips, for example, was a profession of your undying love.

So here are some of the flowers you might want to send your Mom…

Start with pink carnations…


which represent a Mother’s Love


Add some Forget-Me-Nots…

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to represent the memories you share.

You might send Yellow Tulips…


as a symbol of the sunshine in her smile.


Strange as it may seem, you will want to send Garlic…








which represents her strength!

White Heather…


is a symbol for protection.

Think about some Elderflower…








which represents her compassion.

You will want to finish with a bouquet of red roses…


which symbolizes joyous, everlasting love!!!!

I know I must have missed some of the messages you wanted to send so check out “The Language of Flowers”  on Wikipedia for more floral choices & have a

Happy Mothers Day!!!

Me…I’m off to pick some posies…

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About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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2 Responses to To All the Mothers We Know & Love

  1. Happy Mother’s Day!

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