Peonies = Happy Marriage!

The Secret Language of Flowers

My eldest daughter and her husbands best friends are getting married today!  They are both in the wedding party…..so I thought I would repost about our favorite wedding flower….the peony.

Peonies date to at least 1,000 B.C. These long-lived plants, some of which  are known to survive for as long as 100 years, are prized for their sturdy  foliage, lush blooms and sweet scent. Early American settlers brought peony  plants across the ocean and planted them on American soil to remind them of the homes  they had left behind.

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Peony blossoms come in shades of white,  cream, pink, rose and deep red;  yellow-flowered peonies are more rare. Obviously, I am partial to the pink peony! Although  they bloom only in late spring or early summer, their glossy leaves remain an  attractive backdrop to the perennial border throughout the growing season.  Plants are available in both herbaceous (meaning that the…

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Known as floriography, the language of flowers was extremely popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian Age was a time of etiquette and social customs. Feelings that could not be expressed in words, could be expressed through gifts of flowers.

But the language of flowers originated long before Queen Victoria made it popular. Shakespeare uses a bit of floriography himself in his famous play “Hamlet”. Ophelia, insane after the death of her father, gives out meaningful flowers to her brother and the King and Queen in Act IV, Scene V:

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts…There’s fennel for you, and columbines: there’s rue for you; and here’s some for me: we may call it herb-grace o’ Sundays: O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy: I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died…”

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Flowery Baby Girl Names!

The Secret Language of Flowers

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Flower names for girls are one of the trendiest categories of baby names today. Since my oldest is expecting her first baby we are spending a lot of time with baby name books.

First came Lily, one of the trendiest girls’ names of the nineties ~ my little Rosebud has a bff named Lily.  Then Daisy began showing up on the choicest babies.  Rose became the middle name du jour.  And flower names for girls, last a craze a hundred years ago, became the most fashionable group around.

I am compiling names for my pregnant daughter.  I’m hoping for a boy since I have soooo many girls but if she does have  girl here, is a rundown of the choicest flowery baby girl names:

THE TRENDIEST

Daisy — Charming and simple, Daisy started off as a nickname for Margaret, now more popular than the original.

Iris — Former dowdy old lady name revived when…

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Other Color Meanings of the Rose

The Secret Language of Flowers

The more I researched the more I found about rose color meanings.  There are a lot of different ideas about what rose colors are meant to signify to the receipient, so I suggest always attaching a little note with the sentiment you are trying to convey to the recipient.
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Red is the creative spirit of love.loverosepetals
True red is the lover’s rose.
Amaranth red: long standing desire
Cardinal red: sublime desire
Carmine: deceitful desire (not true to color)
Fieryred: flames of passion.
Yellow  – In Victorian times the rose meant jealousy. Maybe our thoughts have changed. Today it is given as a sign of friendship, sometimes as a sign of sympathy. It is the rose of familiar love and domestic happiness. The yellow rose of Texas is the only rose for me.yellowrosepetals
White  – Loyalty, penetrating and platonic love. Able to captivate secret  thought, love stronger than death. In England there is a…

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May Day Crafts For Kids

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It’s the first of May.  What we call May Day.  Traditions are so wide and varied over the globe it would be impossible to go over all of them  Wikipedia has a nice article on May Day around the globe if you are interested! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

My girls have always enjoyed hanging paper ribbons from their tether ball post and pretending to do a real May Day dance.  Always fun and cute and gets everyone excited about the coming of summer and all the play that will occur outside!

Want to do something fun for May Day?!Make Tussie-Mussies to give to friends, relatives and teachers.   You can make super fancy ones or simple paper Tussies. I just put up a post of the flowers most abundant in spring. Take a looksy at the list to get ideas on what type of flowers you would like to make.

Check out my two previous posts on Tussie-Mussies. And You Tube does have tutorials. Or if you want to go really simple with your young ones try this craft idea for May Day! Below is just a paper cone filled with paper flowers.

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Also you can make a few paper flowers to hang on your neighbor’s door or to take to a nursing home and put a flower cone or basket on each door. It will most certainly brighten their day!

You need:

Flowers Printed on Pink Paper  (any colors to make any spring flowers you’d like, actually)

Flowers Printed on Yellow Paper

Flowers Printed on Teal Paper

Leaves Printed on Green Paper

Tacky Glue

Scissors

Paper Plates

Pipe Cleaners or colored craft sticks

Hole Punch

Tape

Instructions:

Cut out flowers and leaves. Printed side will be the back of the flowers and leaves. Bend pieces up slightly on the dotted lines. This will add depth to the flowers. Assemble six flowers by layering pieces. Use a small dot of glue in the center of each piece to secure. Here are some examples of how your flowers could look:

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Glue pipe cleaners of colored craft sticks to back of flowers for stems. Glue on leaves. Cut stems to different lengths

You can also make a May Day basket with  a paper plate in folded in half. Glue half plate to a full paper plate, right sides together, to form a pocket. Decorate with left over pieces. Punch a hole in the top and tie a string through it for hanging.

Glue pipe cleaner flowers to the inside of the pocket.

Fun, festive and educational as you learn about the history if May Day! I know what me and the girls are doing after school today!

Other Color Meanings of the Rose

The more I researched the more I found about rose color meanings.  There are a lot of different ideas about what rose colors are meant to signify to the receipient, so I suggest always attaching a little note with the sentiment you are trying to convey to the recipient.
rosecolors
Red is the creative spirit of love.loverosepetals
True red is the lover’s rose.
Amaranth red: long standing desire
Cardinal red: sublime desire
Carmine: deceitful desire (not true to color)
Fieryred: flames of passion.
Yellow  – In Victorian times the rose meant jealousy. Maybe our thoughts have changed. Today it is given as a sign of friendship, sometimes as a sign of sympathy. It is the rose of familiar love and domestic happiness. The yellow rose of Texas is the only rose for me.yellowrosepetals
White  – Loyalty, penetrating and platonic love. Able to captivate secret  thought, love stronger than death. In England there is a saying about the  white rose referring to the sub rosa, death to him who under my secrecy betrays his oath. In Scotland when the white rose bloomed in autumn it  was seen as a token of early marriage. The rose of confession, the bridal rose, the rose of servitude. Can be otherworldly.whiterosepetals
Pink  – Grace, gentility, elegance and refinement. The rose of sweet thoughts.pinkrosepetals
Purple  – Purple adds enchantment. Can be transcendental. Possible need to proceed cautiously. The priests wear lavender during lent, a time of discretion. Purple can indicate opulence or majesty.purplerosepetals
Orange – A warm color that says, I am proud of you. Perfect to give for school graduations or special awards ceremonies.orangerosepetals
Blue  – Fantasy and impossibility. Hoping for a miracle and new possibilities. Many people have a quest or a fascination for blue roses. I  have a book by Ibn al Awam, which was written in the twelfth century, translated into French by J. J. Clement entitled Le livre de l’agriculture. the book speaks of azure blue roses that were known to the orient. These blue  roses were attained by placing a blue dye into the bark of the roots. This process is explained in the book and has been proven to work by Joret, a very knowledgeable french scientist.bluerosepetals
Black – The color of the crone, the wise lady of death. The promise that  soon you will know something you did not know before. Some see it as a bad omen. Death of fixed thoughts or ideas. Signifies a rejuvenation on the   horizon. May not be understood as a gift. Les fleurs du mal from which beauty springs. Sometimes a beautiful deep red rose will bloom from a blackened bud.blackrosepetals