As a gardener and an energetic healer, flowers have always held a special meaning for me, with every flower possessing powerful emotional and energetic significance.  

As a child I’d watch my mother spend hours in her garden, tending to various plants, trees, and flowers. I noticed how interactive she was with her garden, naming certain plants and trees and dialoguing with them. She would explain how important it was to speak to them, how they thrived when you engaged with them. As an adult, I still follow her lead. 

Whenever I interact with my garden I feel happy and restored. I listen closely to the messages my plants send to me, and I find myself drawn to particular flowers for their support with certain emotions, a range of experiences, and celebrations.

When I am in my garden I am infused with healing energy, and all it takes is being present to the experience and holding the beauty of the flowers structure, scent, and color. Have you had an experience like this where you have felt the support of nature in this way? 

When I came across Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s novel The Language of Flowers, I was thrilled. It is a story about a woman whose childhood never offered her consistency, trust, or dependability. In her late teens, she happens upon a  job at a florist and realizes the gift she has with flowers. Through her floral arrangements, she starts to change people’s lives and overcome her own personal struggles. 

I was so intrigued by this book that I wanted to deepen my knowledge and further learn the language of flowers, which led me to Mandy Kirkby’s Victorian Flower Dictionary and the Aggie Horticulture website’s A to Z list of flowers and their significance.
Using flowers as symbols was commonplace during the Victorian period when it was considered socially unacceptable to be blunt or confessional in everyday conversation. On the topic of romance, in particular, people let flowers do the talking for them! Fragrant roses such as Rosa Damascena were used as an aphrodisiac to lure beloved prospects to one another.   

Today flowers are considered healing on an energetic level, and we understand that flower essences are imbued with medicinal qualities. I often use them in my work with clients in the form of essential oils and find them really effective.

I love the joy my garden gives me and others who wander through it. In the beauty of midsummer, my daylilies stretch toward the sky, symbolizing motherhood, a role that I value deeply in my life. My blooming white roses send the message “I am worthy of you,” a mantra I work with every day to deepen my relationship with myself. It took me a long time to learn the lesson of the white rose, and now I’m happy that my garden declares it. 

And then there are my daisies, which stand for loyal love and the understanding that the more I tend to the quiet, powerful voice inside, the more I become the loyal and ever-trusted companion of my life.

The language of flowers has taught me that learning something new can help you fall in love with your favorite things all over again.

What flowers call to you?

Thank you for reading my posts. I hope you find them supportive. If you would like to learn more about my work  you can reach me here, sarah@sarahbrassard.com