The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Grey is the inspiration behind this blog. There are many books on the Language of Flowers and I probably have them all but……this tiny little hard bound book by Samantha Grey is really something special. Small in size, visually stunning, chock full of useful and interesting facts on flowers and the Victorian Era. Full of poems, pictures and a deep understanding of the Victorians fascination with the Language of Flowers. If you love flowers this is a great book to treat yourself to! It is also the perfect book to give a flower loving friend! I can’t say enough about this tiny little gem!
50 flowers are described in glowing detail, with gorgeous illustrations! A perfect Mother’s Day gift for your garden loving Moma!
A beautiful story of a young orphan who eventually learns to blossom through flowers! A story that combines aging out of foster care and the Victorian Language of Flowers.
Victoria just aged out of the foster care system and is now on her own with no high school diploma and no real work skills. All she has is a love of flowers and the knowledge of their meanings that she learned from one of her foster parents. She finds that her skill with flowers will actually pay the bills and she starts working at a florist shop. The story goes back and forth between the present and Victoria remembering her past in foster care, particularly her time with Elizabeth the foster parent who taught her the meanings of all the flowers. Through her newfound work Victoria slowly starts to connect with people, something she never allowed during her years in foster care, but soon Victoria becomes overwhelmed and pushes everyone away again. This is a fascinating novel that looks at the foster care system, the language of flowers, and the power of love. The book can be a tad dark so if you are sensitive to issues of the problems of children in the foster care system I would not recommend it. The story is set in San Francisco and most people either love it or find it a little unsettling. Since I live in SF and love the Language of Flowers I found it a very nice read. Oftentimes reading about others who don’t have the same advantages that we do makes us more compassionate and understanding. And hopefully pushes us forward into doing less for ourselves and more for others!
Flowers can say all kinds of things:
“I love you”
“How could you?!”
“Let’s get married”
just about anything. I orginally got this book for some research on Victorian customs and realized it can still be used today. This book goes way past just pretty pictures, though there are dozens of ideas for Tussie-Mussies to give to friends and family. There is a history of Tussie-Mussies and a Step by Step guide to making a Tussie-Mussie in the front, and — my personal favorite — TWO glossaries, a Vocabulary of Flowers and an Index of Sentiments. For research or fun, this is definitely the book to have.
Now let’s get busy and start making some Tussie-Mussies! Our friends and family will be delighted!