Edgar Degas, Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers, 1865
A bouquet of flowers and leaves may be selected and arranged so as to express much depth of feeling – to be truly a poem. We present herewith a list of many flowers and plants, to which, by universal consent, a sentiment has become attached.
Acacia – Concealed love.
Bladder-Nut Tree – Frivolous amusements.
Coxcomb – Foppery.
Currants – You please me.
Dogwood Flowering (Cornus) – Am I indifferent to you?
Flax – I feel your kindness.
Fuchsia – The ambition of my love thus plagues itself.
Geranium, Ivy – Your hand for next dance.
Pine Apple – You are perfect.
Rose – Beauty.
Saffron – Excess is dangerous.
Sorrel – Wit ill-timed.
Turnip – Charity.
John H. Young, Our Deportment
The message I usually seek to communicate with flowers is “Why would you think I bought these at the grocery store?” But why stop there when you could ask someone to dance with a geranium or express charity with a turnip? And, after all, nothing says “frivolous amusements” like the Bladder-Nut Tree.