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The first of many Tussie-Mussies....

Hello everyone, Tyler here. This inaugural post is meant to welcome you to the site and also teach you a little about a new language.

The language of flowers, an old tongue that continues to change and grow. While today we do not need a tussie-mussie to communicate our feelings, we still love to use flowers to tell someone how much we care for them.

Red roses still say I love you but did you know yellow roses stand for jealousy, or that blue violets represent faithfulness. Victorians used flowers to share how they felt with one another. Throughout these post I hope to help you learn this language and enable you to use flowers in a new and unique way.

Where did this language come from exactly?

It evolved over centuries as myths and legends were collected from around the world. From Roman mythology to Chinese stories, these ideas were accumulated and developed into a language that flushed in Victorian< England (1837-1901).

Several books that help me to learn the language of flowers include:

The Language of Flowers by Odessa Begay

Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay

Floriography by Jessica Roux

The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray

These are fantastic resources and there are more out there I'm sure.

Along the way I hope to share with you some fun trivia about floristry and our holidays and traditions. Now, the best way to end the first post about the language of flowers Is to teach you your first "word".

Jasmine. This fragrant flower's white variety represents amiability. The yellow colored Jasmine can mean grace and elegance. Valued by the Victorians, they scented their handkerchiefs with it. The Chinese use it in tea and was known by them from the 200s BC onward. Maybe try adding some Jasmine to your home and let me know how it goes.

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