Panier of Plenty

The Language of Flowers

This beautiful little book, created by a loving husband as a gift
dedicated to his wife, was hand painted in 1913… and eventually
printed in 1968… perhaps it was discovered in an attic?

The cover design

The cover design



There is a language, “little known”,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by Nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

It provided great inspiration for my English students as we
discussed the meanings given to the many varieties, wondering
about their origins, as some are clearly ‘not for giving’ and
others offer joy and cheer…

Youthful gladness

Youthful gladness

Sweet innocence to Esteem

Sweet innocence to Esteem

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9 thoughts on “The Language of Flowers

  1. A lovely sounding book.
    Even if some of the attributes, such as “female fidelity” are the very opposite of the true purpose of flowers – which is to receive pollen, and create seeds.

  2. mesarapugs on said:

    A charming book and a delightful passage into English for your students! x

  3. mesarapugs on said:

    I am sure Saskia referred to it many times in her books 🙂

  4. Long may they continue to inspire and to attract those pollen bearing workers.

    • Daisy, garden: I share your sentiment! Bonjour Claire, hope your year has started well and that it’s not too cold chez vous 🙂

      • Ah yes, that sun is deceiving, I keep wanting to wear my Autumn coat only to discover the winter cold penetrates those thinner layers even with the sun. At least it invites one outdoors! Looking forward to the Spring 🙂

      • We had a taste of spring today, and the first blossoms are out, I hope you have the same in Provence. I have been wearing my lighter jacket and carrying the goosedown coat as well, ever hopeful as you are for life in the Sunny South to return to normal!

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