One unifying theme I noticed with last week's party goers was the use of flowers.
Whether we bring them indoors or enjoy them outside, May is the time when the
fields and yards and hills are alive with flowers, and they are universally loved.
Did you know that flowers have been used for hundreds of years
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The practice of "selam" in Turkey was discovered by British aristocrats and written about
in letters from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in the 1700s. Girls inside Turkish harems
would send flowers to lovers outside. The flowers didn't have specific meanings,
but rather rhymed with words that had meaning or were familiar to the pair.
The cultivation of flowers and the study of botany became popular in England and
France in the 1800s. Eventually the use of flowers was interwoven with nearly every
aspect of life--church services, weddings, dances, funerals, and daily wear.
And in true overboard form, Queen Victoria ascribed meanings to flowers and
thus began the craze for the language of flowers. It is reported that even Kate Middleton chose specific flowers for her wedding bouquet based on their traditional meanings.
Last week Magali from The Little White House on the Seaside stenciled white roses (heart unacquainted with love, innocence, secrecy) on a vintage aqua pot and filled it with the most divine flowers that I'm calling lily of the valley (return of love, happiness, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, humility). (I think they are really some type of wild rose. :-)
Stefanie from Rose Petals and Rust also shared an aqua pot filled with many flowers including tulips, which indicates a declaration of love, perfect lover, fame.
Debbie-Dabble shared her gorgeous azalea bush, which has been given the meanings,
temperance, fragile passion, womanhood:
Mrs.Olsen filled a hotel silver pitcher with lilacs, first emotions of love.
And Brittany from The Rococo Roamer filled a vintage enamelware jug with
gorgeous pink roses, which means grace and joy.
I have just grazed the surface of this wonderfully rich topic of the language of flowers, but I hope it has brought new knowledge to you as it has to me. On this Sunday, I wish you much grace and joy as you reflect on the beauty in flowers that God has put all around us!
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