Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 29: Liverwort

According to Louise Cortambert, in her 1834 book,  Language of Flowers, “CONFIDENCE, Liver-wort. When the gardeners see the pretty flowers of the liver-wort, they say the earth is in love, we can sow with confidence.” The Liverwort of the language … Continue reading

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January 28: Narcissus

Today’s flower is the sunny spring Narcissus, widely known as daffodil, jonquil, and daffydowndilly. The genus name, Narcissus, is linked to a Greek word for intoxicated–narcotic–and the myth of the youth who fell in love with his own reflection. The beautiful young Narcissus … Continue reading

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January 27: Burning Nettle

“Cruelty. Slander.” Stark sentiments are conveyed in the language of flowers by today’s Burning Nettle. Urtica urens, the Burning Nettle, is an entirely different plant than the more familiar Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica.  Stinging Nettle is a larger, perennial broadleaf plant, … Continue reading

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January 26: Orange Blossom

“Your purity equals your loveliness.” Orange Blossoms are a traditional flower used for bridal bouquets. The Orange Flower is also used in the Language of Flowers to convey the meanings, “Chastity; Innocence; Eternal Love.” The fragrant flower of Citrus sinensis is used in … Continue reading

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January 25: Motherwort

In the Language of Flowers, Motherwort conveys the message of “Concealed Love.” An ancient herbalist, Culpepper, wrote: “There is no better herb to drive melancholy vapours from the heart, to strengthen it and make the mind cheerful, blithe and merry.” … Continue reading

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January 24: Oak Leaf

“Welcome!” is the message of the lovely Oak Leaf in the Language of Flowers. It is often used to convey the sentiments of “Strength and Bravery.” Ancient Celts revered the mighty Oak for its endurance and mighty presence. The Oak … Continue reading

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January 23: Nightshade

Ah, the Deadly Nightshade. Appropriately, in the language of flowers, its meaning is “Warning!” It can also convey the sentiment “Truth.” Maybe, as in “This is a True Warning!” You’re already familiar with several members of the Nightshade family, and … Continue reading

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January 22: Mullein

Common Mullein comes with the sentiment “Good Nature.” Verbascum thapsus is known and valued throughout the world for its medicinal properties. Mullein Tea has been used since ancient times as a remedy for coughs and colds. Also known as Our … Continue reading

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January 21: Southernwood

You gotta be kidding me…not really. Today’s flower, Southernwood, conveys the sentiments of “Bantering and Jest” in the language of flowers. You might know the plant better by some of its other names: Lad’s Love or Southern Wormwood or Maid’s Ruin … Continue reading

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January 20: Snow-Drop

Ah, it’s easy to see why the sweet Snow-Drop would represent January 20 in the language of flowers. She’s particularly relevant today, as the first signifcant snowfall of the year is almost upon us here in Kansas. In the language … Continue reading

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