Lately I’ve been fascinated by the language of flowers: a concept that every flower has powerful emotional attributes, signifying important meanings.
As a gardener and an energetic healer, I’ve been familiar with flower meanings for years, but recently I have found it especially compelling. My renewed interest in the topic was kicked off by The Language of Flowers, a beautiful novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This led me to further study of this practice, with resources like A Victorian Flower Dictionary and the Aggie Horticulture website on flower meanings.
The tradition of using flowers as symbols reached its height during the Victorian period. In a time when it was considered socially unacceptable to be blunt or confessional in everyday conversation (especially on the topic of romance), people needed to let objects like flowers do the talking for them! In a blending of old and new, that antique tradition combines beautifully with energy healing today, to create flower essences with medicinal qualities. I use these in my work with clients often.
Looking at my garden through the perspective of the language of flowers, I love the story that it tells. In this beautiful time of midsummer, my daylilies stretch toward the sky, symbolizing motherhood—a role that I value so deeply in my life. My healthy white roses, which bloomed in June, send the message “I am worthy of you.” It took me a long time to learn that lesson, and now I’m happy that my garden declares it. And then there are my daisies, which stand for loyal love.
It’s occurred to me that learning something new can help you fall in love with your favorite things all over again.