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Floriography is the art of communication by the use/arrangement of flowers, it is more commonly known as 'The Language of Flowers'.

This language has been around for thousands of years, it was extremely popular in Victorian England and the US during the 19th Century. 

The language of flowers has also been used a lot in Art and Literature; I am absolutely in love with the way that Shakespeare used it in his works! And the way that it is used in my favourite painting..

... 'Ophelia' by John Everett Millais, completed in 1852.

I first became interested in this language when I read Vanessa Diffenbaugh's 'The Language of Flowers'

As you may have guessed, the language is used throughout the book by the characters. At the end, Vanessa adds a dictionary of flowers and their meanings, I just find the whole thing beautiful.

Here comes the sad bit.. I have already planned my wedding bouquet I want (well, would love to have), Lily of the Valley (symbolising an return of happiness and feeling complete) and Myrtle (symbolising love, it is also the Hebrew emblem of marriage). I also would like to have yellow roses on the tables, symbolising happiness and friendship..

And we all know (or maybe you don't if you're new?) that I named my blog 'My Lily of the Valley' which (as I mentioned before) symbolises a return of happiness.. because my blog is my return of happiness!

What do you think about the language of flowers?

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