DIY: Speak the Language of Flowers with Potpourri

| 2/4/2010 4:38:49 PM

D.BellDesiree Bell is inspired by botanicals and natural materials. She is a vegetarian who has a certificate in herbal studies and a certificate from Australasian College of Health Sciences in Aromatherapy. When she isn't in her suburban garden, hiking or crafting, she is teaching pre-k with an emphasis on nature and gardening. For more ideas on Simple Living With Nature you can visit her blogs at and

Conveying specific messages through the giving of herbs, flowers, and plants is known as The Language of Flowers or Florigraphy. In the 19th century, people spoke or communicated with flowers instead of words, which was influenced by Queen Victoria (1839-1901).

Authors gathered plant symbolisms from every possible source. Besides previous dictionaries, they used Egyptian hieroglyphics, Greek and Roman mythology, the Bible, religious beliefs, natural myths, classical poetry and literature. They also used flower colors and fragrances.

The rose was considered “the queen of flowers,” which many phrases came from. For example: rosy complexion, everything’s rosy, lovely as a rose.

Each variety and color had a different meaning, for example: coral (glory), lavender (pure love), pink (grace), red (love), and white (warmth of love, regard or friendship).

The shape of violet's leaves and flowers resemble that of the human heart. A syrup was made from the flower, which was used in treating heart disease. It was given the meaning “happiness,” which was thought to originate in the heart.