Today, I’m talking about four different flowers that start with D and the meanings that people during the Victorian Era assigned to them.
The meaning of these flowers of Spring makes perfect sense: new beginnings. Not much else to say about this beauty.
A person would give dahlias to share the idea of dignity. It earned this definition because of its blossom, which is a packed dome of petals on a straight and sturdy stem. If a person grew these in her garden, especially in borders along a path, she was considered the height of elegance.
A daisy means innocence. Another perfect meaning, don’t you think? This makes me think of daisy crowns and daisy chains, things the Victorian children loved to create. Did you ever pluck the petals off a daisy with the wonder of “He loves me, he loves me not” to find out if your crush loved you back?
I had to include the dragon plant because the meaning is “you are near a snare.” Imagine receiving a dragon plant. Would the recipient wonder what the snare is? Perhaps a potential suitor has ill intentions, and the sender is giving a warning. Perhaps the sender knows that a potential business deal is a bad idea. Hmmm…
What’s your favorite flower that starts with D?
Source: A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby. Ballantine Books, 2011.
Since I’m working on too many things at once (what else is new?) and I was late figuring out my list, I’ll be late adding images. Sorry. I want to be sure I get the right ones with the right copyright licensing. I know too many author friends who’ve been sued for copyright infringement for using images they thought were OK.
Join me tomorrow for flowers that start with E. 🙂