Language of Flowers that Start with G

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, Young adultToday is all about G flowers.

geranium

Like other plants that have many varieties, the Victorians often gave meanings to the different plants. The beautiful geranium has four different ones. The first three are:

  • oak-leaf: true friendship. This could be because of the strength and longevity of the great oak tree.
  • pencil-leaf: ingenuity. The pencil-leaf plant has delicate patterning in the veins.
  • wild: steadfast piety. The wild geranium grows in harsh terrain and is a hardy plant.

The fourth type—the scarlet geranium—wasn’t given a noble meaning. Poor thing. It’s meaning is stupidity. Shocking, right? It’s a good thing that most people loved the showy red flowers and didn’t bother with that definition.

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, Young adultgerber daisy

Don’t you just love the gerber daisy? This flower meant cheerfulness.

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 H. 🙂

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