A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion

Mandy Kirkby Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion

A Victorian Flower Dictionary The Language of Flowers Companion A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians

  • Title: A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion
  • Author: Mandy Kirkby Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • ISBN: 9780345532861
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings love or grief, jealousy or devotion Now, modern day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this A flower is not a flower alone a thousand thoughts invest it Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings love or grief, jealousy or devotion Now, modern day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.

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    1. Natalia on said:

      I remember, I first read the novel of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and also remember that the protagonist, Victoria, carried a dictionary meaning of flowers and their importance in the Victorian era, so imagine my surprise when one day, I browsing in bookstores, I found a book, a dictionary of flowers, with his history, his meaning and beautiful artwork, which included a foreword by the same author.It was a revelation to read this book. Maybe not all like them flowers, because [...]

    2. Sara on said:

      On of the best books gifted to me, the Language of Flowers combines the beauty of nature and the hidden meanings they carry. I'm a huge fan of symbolism so having a full book dedicated to this topic is fantastic. Not only do we get the meaning but we are also told the history and traditions that come along with these flowers. You should pick it up if you like the topic or if you want to find a bit more about it. Also, it helps that is a pleasing to the eye. *wink wink*

    3. Moudhi on said:

      The Language of FlowersEverything about this book is beautiful, when you read Nizar Qabanni's (Arabic Poet) about Jasmine Flowers and feel your heart ache over its scent, or when the images of the Japanese Blossom's festival blow your mind away, or when you buy Marc Jacobs perfume "Daisy", Or when you know that the movie (Black Dhalia) refers to the dark depressing-looking flower, or find A rose the most romantic sentimental gift from a lover, when A flower is better "congratulations" or "get we [...]

    4. Dini on said:

      I liked this even better than The Language of Flowers, the novel of which it is a companion (a rather disappointing novel, actually). The illustrations inside this book are not quite as "lavish" as the description on the back cover promised, and the lack of references lends a certain vagueness to the various flora-related anecdotes described. But what can I say, I just really like flower symbolism, I find it quite fascinating.

    5. Amanda Patterson on said:

      Once you've read, and loved, The Language of Flowers, you'll be pleased to know there's something else to read to make the magic of the book linger. I learnt so much about flowers and their meanings. The romance of it all is seductive.The Victorian language of flowers is fascinating and complex. I can only imagine the many scandals born as a result of giving the wrong bloom to the wrong person. You will treasure this book.

    6. fenrir on said:

      Conosco un ciglio dove il timo selvatico fiorisce,crescon le margherite e reclinano il capo le viole,coperto da un padiglione di fin troppo rigoglioso caprifoglio,con dolci rose muschiate e roselline di macchia.Colà, fra i fiori, Titania dorme talvolta di notte,cullata da musiche e danze.

    7. Susan Ford on said:

      Buy this - it is so fun to have if you send flowers. Even if the person you send the flowers to doesn't know the code -- you do and that's enough.

    8. Deborah on said:

      A delightful book, which seeks to translate the language of flowers. In the Victorian era, a flower was laced with symbolism and meaning. Giving a flower denoted intention, revealed emotion. It almost seems a shame that we have lost so much of the understanding of the secret meanings behind each flower. This book sets out each flower, handily listed in alphabetical order, and then explains both the meaning and the history behind how each flower attained that meaning. It does so in a very light a [...]

    9. Jessica on said:

      This was fun. It brought out all my vengeance-seeking bad girl tendencies I so have a list of people who deserve a beautiful bouquet of scarlet geraniums. (Because they mean stupidity! How fantastic is that? Seriously.)I first became interested in the language of flowers from, what else, a squishy novel. Those crazy repressed Victorians turned to forget-me-nots and tulips to say what needed to be said. There was a pretty "plate" style color drawing for each flower 50 different flowers total. Ins [...]

    10. Pamela on said:

      Great companion book for "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was so interesting how all types of artists from poets, writers, painters used the language of flowers in their work. I was so intrigued with the way artists of very old paintings inserted certain flowers in their art to make statements. I found myself perusing art on the web to see the paintings they make reference to in this book. Loved it!

    11. Rachel Adamson on said:

      A gem of a book. Beautiful illustrations and a piece of refined elegance in a hectic world.

    12. Pål Lystrup on said:

      Nice design, some nice pictures, and probably a cute little book for the coffee table. However, I'm hardly a middle aged woman, and I was hoping for more than slight drizzles of information and a half-successful selection of poems sprinkled along the read. Floriography without choreography, and for some reason Aaron Stainthorpe seemed to narrate a lot of it in my head as I read – which obviously leaves me ambiguous as to whether that is a good thing or something to leave my lilies bent by tear [...]

    13. Katter on said:

      This was a fun read! Yes, I did read the whole thing from front to back and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the book I read in between novels when I still had quiet time in the house. I was not disappointed! There are beautiful illustrations, pages of information on flower meaning backgrounds and traditions, along with poems. I have never particularly been into poetry but I found that the poems added to this book were very complimentary!I was so fond of some of the poets that I will be looking i [...]

    14. Jennifer Klenz on said:

      A good accompanying book to have when reading "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh or "The Witches of Cambridge" by Meena Van Praag.Much of the book has a page or two explanation of the meaning behind certain flowers and an illustration of that flower. There is of course also a more standard flower dictionary with a word or two meaning for different flowers.

    15. Lauren Pierce on said:

      This book has some interesting tidbits. I would like to see someone write a newer, more comprehensive book about flowers and their "language" and history with more illustrations.

    16. Onceinabluemoon on said:

      A sweet book, as a garden gal I adore all the history and lore of flowers.

    17. P.D.R. Lindsay on said:

      An excellent resource for writers and a charming nostalgic look at the way flowers were used to carry a message.

    18. Beverly J. on said:

      A lovely little book, I actually learned a thing or two. Glad I ran across it

    19. Steven Drachman on said:

      Really terrific, thorough and informative book, which tells us a lot about the history and culture of the time.

    20. Claudia Loureiro on said:

      Be prepared for emotional depth and beautiful writing. I'd like to see this one become a movie. Very good characterization.

    21. Kat on said:

      4 out of 5 starsFlowers, EVERYWHERE!!Haha.In all seriousness, though, I really enjoyed this little book. While I have never read The Language of Flowers, I became interested in the whole concept of the language of flowers, because of how much detail there is. Literally every flower has some kind of meaning attached to it, and I am not exaggerating. Also, I have been debating getting a tattoo in the near future, and if I do get any flowers on my body, I would like them to have some sort of meanin [...]

    22. Birgit on said:

      A red rose means love, everyone knows that. How about Canterbury Bells or Mistletoe then? Most people know that flowers convey certain feelings and while we still revert to a floral language by giving flower bouquets on special occasions, much of the meaning behind the individual flowers has been reduced to a very limited and generalized one since Victorian times.Mandy Kirkby presents a wonderful book with The Language Of Flowers: A Miscellany, the official companion to the novel of the same tit [...]

    23. GoldenjoyBazyll on said:

      In Victorian times people enjoyed using the hidden meaning of flowers to convey messages. it was more a fun past time of elite women. However with this being said flowers have always been a part of everyone's life through the centuries. In every culture they are used to recognize- love/ happiness/ sickness/ death/ etc. Fot instance- when I was in India we took a boat down the Ganges and witnessed the cremations. At every single site there were piles of marigolds. Becaue they are symbolic of grie [...]

    24. Madison on said:

      A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby is so beautifully written. The fact, myths, legends about this adorable little book is wonderful. She not just lists what different flowers mean, though she tells you what the back story is on some featured flowers. It is a great resource book for any and all who what to know the history of different kinds of flowers. I enjoyed the parts about the legends of the Greek Gods that were involved with these different kin [...]

    25. Eling on said:

      I was disappointed with this book. It does contain some good information. Unfortunately, the information is choppy and reads awkwardly. Loosely formatted as a dictionary, the entries for the "featured flowers" are widely varying in amount & type of content. Worst of all, unlike the lovely illustration on the cover, the ones inside are very amateur-looking, and at times even hard to recognize as specimens of the flower the are supposed to represent. The book mentions a large number of histori [...]

    26. Jolene Haack on said:

      I picked up a copy of this at a delightful book signing/reading/Q & A event with Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers. The individuals putting on the event were selling copies of this along with Vanessa's book and she happily signed each one with little flower messages.Honestly, I bought it just to have something for her to sign. I didn't expect to read it, intending more to have a pretty book to sit on the shelf in the kitchen. But the book is surprisingly adorable.The mes [...]

    27. Linda on said:

      A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirkby and Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a wonderful companion to Diffenbaugh’s novel, The Language of Flowers. Beginning with a few introductory pages Diffenbaugh writes that, “In every culture throughout time, flowers have been central to the human experience.” The book is arranges in alpha order from anemone to weeping willow and illustrates in simple two color illustration the flower that is being defined and explored. There are fifty flowers highlighted [...]

    28. Tanya on said:

      The book is a fun resource to have on hand when making floral related decisions. The majority of the book explores the meanings behind fifty featured plants. For each flower, a lovely illustration is accompanied by 2 pages of text highlighting key points from its history, such as links to Greek mythology and appearances in art or poetry. A quick reference guide is provided at the back of the book which includes individual flower meanings and suggested combinations for specific occasions.While I [...]

    29. 水色書庫 on said:

      I originally purchased this book as a mere reference to one of my website projects. What a delightful read it turned out to be! Apart from a comprehensive list of flowers and languages associated with them, readers will find refined depictions of fifty selected flowers that were most adored by the Victorians, each accompanied by a lovely color sketch, historical background, famous artworks and poems surrounding the flower--the latter I enjoyed especially. There are also valuable advices on bouqu [...]

    30. Emily on said:

      Well written book. Provides a bit of history of the flower cultivation, the history of the meaning (often from mythology), and literary or cultural references to the flower in each of the 50 flowers the author defines. It includes an index that provides meaning for other flowers not covered in the main course of the book. It also provides ideas for bouquets for different occasions, which is really handy to get started. If you are at all interested or curious in flowers, give it a read. (Also han [...]

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