How To Pick The Right Flower For Your Mate

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers, created a complete flower dictionary to supplement her novel's enchanting story. After reading several other flower dictionaries and consulting the opinions of flora experts, she assigned every flower its own meaning based on her research. She had a lot of material, seeing how flowers were used to convey messages as far back as the Victorian Era.


This practice was first used in 1716 when Lady Mary Whortley Montagu, the wife of an English ambassador to Turkey. In Turkey, flowers, fruits and silks were used to express feelings, things you can't quite find the words for. For example, in modern times, you might want to tell someone she is the greatest thing to happen to you since your ex-fiancé left you at the alter for your half-brother's former roommate's yoga instructor (it could happen!), but you don't want to relay that convoluted story through speech. It would be easier to give her a bouquet of Canterbury bells (gratitude), Lisianthus (appreciation) and Myrtle (love). For the record they look like this:

Canterbury bells:

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Lisianthus:

Lisianthus

Myrtle:

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Here are some other ways to convey your everlasting lurve for that special someone.

I love you the way you are. Daphne (I wouldn't have you otherwise)

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What we've got is just for us. Acacia (secret love)

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I've only got eyes for you... baby. Jonquil/daffodil (desire)

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I'll be better. Hyacinth, purple (please forgive me)

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I'll always be real with you, partna. Honesty/lunaria annua (honesty), and Chrysanthemum (truth)

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We're weird, and I love that about us. Pomegranite/Punica granatum (foolishness)

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I can't seem to look away from you, and that's fine by me. Orange Rose (fascination)

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I'm in love with you. Tulips (declaration of love)

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You're more wonderful than you think. Trachelium (neglected beauty)

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You make my bad days better. Petunia (your presence soothes me)

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You stole my heart. Peach Blossom (I am your captive)

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You've got a beautiful mind. Lupine (imagination)

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I'd open every damn door for you. Monkshood (chivalry)

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You don't have to try so hard. Mignonette (your qualities surpass your charms)

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This ain't over yet. Liatris (I will try again)

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