I have always been vaguely aware that there was such a thing as the language of flowers, but I’ve only taken a keen interest in it since I began to make jewellery. I like to include a hidden meaning or symbolism within my designs when I can. Many plants and trees have folklore and mythology attached to them, or had particular significance for ancient cultures, but where that is not the case, I often refer to the language of flowers.
The use of flowers to convey messages has a long history, but it became popular, and more importantly was codified in books, in the nineteenth century. Supposedly, a gentlemen could concoct a posy that would allow him to secretly declare his undying love and passion for the lady of his choice, without alerting her family. Quite how it was supposed to remain secret, when the language was well known, and you could buy books explaining ‘floriography’, as it was known, is something of a mystery to me, but it’s a nice idea.
Which brings me to this week’s photo challenge. One of the flowers that symbolises admiration is purple heather. It’s not the time of year for blooming heather at the moment, so I’ve sought out a picture from my archives. This is the North York Moors in August, when the heather is at its very best.
There are many more pictures of admiration over on the Daily Post Blog.