What Flowers Say About You: A Valentine’s Day Lesson in Floriography

This is the last post in our Valentine’s Day series, to help you get ready for Valentine’s Day in a healthy way. Find out what your flowers say about you to make sure you pick the perfect bouquet for your family, friend, or sweetie. 

What does your bouquet “say” about you?

Did you know every flower has a meaning behind it? According to the Victorian language of flowers (also known as floriography), bouquets were used in the 1800 to send secret messages to lovers and friends alike.  A sprig of basil could mean someone really didn’t like you. Acacia tied with a bit of baby’s breath, on the other hand, would tell you that you had a secret admirer.

Roses, the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day, are one of the few flowers whose meaning has survived the test of time: White roses can mean eternal love or reverence. Light pink can represent desire and passion. And of course, red roses mean true love.

In Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel, The Language of Flowers, she introduces readers to the Victorian language of flowers through the eyes of her young protagonist, Victoria Jones.  A touching and heartfelt story in which a lonely girl finds herself and a sense of family, The Language of Flowers is at once a romance, a coming of age story, and a promise that anyone can learn to love.

Interested in learning more about floriography? Enter to win both a copy of The Language of Flowers and a gorgeously illustrated Flower Dictionary via the form below.

And remember: Flowers can speak louder than words, so make sure you know what your bouquet says!

Good luck to all who enter, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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