Published: September 15th 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Length: 224 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
A charming, gorgeously illustrated botanical encyclopedia for your favorite romantic, local witch, bride-to-be, or green-thumbed friend.
The Language of Flowers is a full-color guidebook to the historical uses and secret meanings behind an impressive array of flowers and herbs. The book explores the coded significances associated with various blooms, from flowers for a lover to flowers for an enemy. The language of flowers was historically used as a means of secret communication. It soared in popularity during the 19th century, especially in Victorian England and the U.S., when proper etiquette discouraged open displays of emotion. Mysterious and playful, the language of flowers has roots in everything from the characteristics of the plant to its presence in folklore and history. Researched and illustrated by popular artist Jessica Roux, this book makes a stunning display piece, conversation-starter, or thoughtful gift.
I’ve often wondered at the meaning behind flowers and from my love of historical romances, I knew that each flower had a particular meaning. For example, red roses signify romantic love and yellow are a sign of friendship. I’ve always wondered about other flowers and their meanings, and I jumped at the chance to review this book. This is an excellent reference for anyone who has ever wondered at the meaning behind a particular flower or the best arrangement to create to perfectly convey your feelings. Beautifully illustrated, this book is simply written and a delight to read.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.