Crafting · Gardening

The Language of Flowers

I have a great appreciation for the oldways of life, and one quite romantic and meaningful element of times gone by was their use of flowers as a way of communicating feelings and sentiment. Like the nearly-lost art of letter writing, gifting someone a bouquet of flowers is a tangible, personalized interaction, which in an increasingly fast-paced virtual world, arguably carries more weight and power in conveying the value of one’s time and interest. If you take the time and effort to write a letter, or create a bouquet, you’re telling someone that they are meaningful to you – you would take time to sit down and put thought into a composition, with just them in mind. They are gifts that are purely for the recipient alone, and not semi-public declarations on social media or swiftly penned missives over chat or email. They are personal, allowing treasured relationships to be just that – intimate interactions between two people with a shared affection, or a shared grief, or a shared connection.

I’ve long been aware of this secret language of flowers, but completely unable to communicate it. Most people’s knowledge is limited to roses equal romance, and leave it at that. But the intricacy of the lexicon is impressive and meaningful, if only we take the time to learn it. It has the potential to add a great richness to our lives, and that is something I’ve been seeking over the years. I recently came across a new book, The Posy Book by Theresa H. Sabankaya, which she dubs as “garden-inspired bouquets that tell a story”. I couldn’t agree more. The book reminds me of a well-organized cookbook, but for flowers – how to select them by their sentiment, combine them for a meaningful message, and then compose them into small bouquets (called posies) to gift. They are simple, beautiful and creative flower arrangements, and the book is equally lovely. As a full-color hardbound book, it’s nice enough to lay out as a coffee table book, so it definitely has both form and function. I’ve been inspired to wander my own garden with it, to learn the meanings of the flowers that I can use to make posies from my own property. It’s well worth a read if you’re looking for ways to increase meaningful connections and tangible craft into your life.


**I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, but I only share content I enjoy and think that you would too!