Spring has sprung and so are the flowers. Flowers are so inspiring and spring is a great time to bring a new breath of inspiration into your home and life. Popular Spring blooms include tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, iris, daisies, lilies and many more.
Spring Tulip Bouquet by FTD
Did you know that when the tulip flower first arrived in Europe, the English tried serving them with oil and vinegar and the Germans boiled and sugared the bulbs?
Spring Hyacinth Planter
In the Victorian language of flowers the Hyacinth flower symbolizes sport or play, and the blue Hyacinth signifies sincerity.
Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can irritate the skin.
Blooming Iris Flower Bouquet
The Iris was named after the Greek Goddess who is considered the messenger Love and uses the rainbow to travel.
Mixed Daisies Vased
Daisy leaves are edible and can be used in salads.
Pink Lily Bouquet
In Europe, lilies were used as a remedy against a wide range of diseases and ailments.
Easter is on its way and I have been busy arranging for the family celebration of the holiday. In doing so, I think of all the family traditions such as the ham dinner, the colors of the seasons (soft pastels) and the religious aspects of the holiday. It is hard for me not to think of flowers when I think of all that Easter is about to me – dressing for church (boutonnières and corsages), ham dinner (table flower arrangement), and sharing the holiday with close in heart relatives that are far away (sending Easter floral arrangements). All of this is what led me to pick this week’s Featured Flower Friday flower arrangement – Natural Wonders™ Bouquet FTD Bright Spring
Natural Wonders™ Bouquet FTD Bright Spring
This garden basket is a display of the bright colors of nature. Arrangement includes lilies, iris, daisies and more. Natural Wonders™ Bouquet FTD Bright Spring is your perefct gift for any occassion.
There are meanings ascribed to flowers. Since ancient times, flowers have been used to symbolize feelings and circumstances. Even today, flowers are part of the most meaningful times in our lives, such as birth, death, weddings, holidays and convalescence. Using flowers as symbols began with many ancient religions. They continued to grow in usage and popularity throughout the Renaissance, reaching the highest pinnacle in the Victorian age.
It is not unusual to see different flowers listed as part of the worship of many ancient deities such as Apollo, Cerridwen, Aphrodite and Brigid. Flowers used in several Renaissance paintings are thought to be a symbol of various virtues. Adding emotional meaning really took precedence in the Victorian era. There was a book written in 1819 about the meanings of flowers called “Le Language des Fleurs” by Madame Charlotte de la Tour. One that was written in 1884 is still used today: “Language of Flowers” by Kate Greenaway. Continue reading