Language of Flowers Bouquets

We plant, we nurture, we grow and we give, different flowers for different moments in time, but all for the same purpose: to say that which cannot be said, and to say it with beauty and with grace.

–Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Flowers have always spoken to me. I find myself constantly fascinated by their variety, how they grow and how they always seem to show up when I need them most. The past couple of years I’ve found myself completely in love with arranging fresh flowers and finding new and creative ways to make beautiful bouquets for my friends and family.

Language of Flowers Bouquets


I knew flowers could say things but I didn’t realize they could actually say things. Let me explain. Before graduating college I was researching symbolism behind some of the most common flowers and happened upon something called Floriography.


Language of Flowers Bouquets


Floriography, otherwise known as, the Language of Flowers is very cool practice of sending messages through arrangements of flowers that have specific meanings. This activity is widely contributed to Victorian England, where the practice rose in popularity and created a market for a fun and fulfilling pastime.

The western language of flowers is thought to have it’s origins inspired by the Turkish tradition of communicating through flowers and other objects that had meaning ascribed to them. The idea was popularized in the late 1700s in Europe and the first western language of flowers dictionary was published in 1819. The meaning of each flower wasn’t meant to be definitive and usually found it’s symbolism through traditions in literature and mythology.

Language of Flowers Bouquets

We decided to create our own message bouquets and ended up having a lot of fun with it. We chose three different focal botanicals: yellow tulips, chamomile and eucalyptus. We found a sweet message for yellow tulips, “there is sunshine in your smile.” Chamomile meant “energy in adversity” and eucalyptus meant “protection”.

Language of Flowers Bouquets

Language of Flowers Bouquets

Language of Flowers Bouquets

You can say a lot with flowers in the way you arrange them, present them and now the messages behind them. A great book for reference is A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby.

Flowers talk. They tell you about love, joy, forgiveness and heartfelt sympathies. Take a quiet moment the next time you’re around them to listen to what they have to say.


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2 Discussion to this post

  1. Alli Rand says:

    I loved Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s novel and fell hard for the language of flowers. Thanks ladies for your continued brightness and local touches. From a fellow Santa Fe plant lover.

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