Thursday, May 2, 2013
inside xanthic flowers
daffodil (means uncertainty, chivalry, respect, unrequited love, return my affection.)
tulip (A red tulip means undying love.)
tulip (A yellow tulip means hopeless love.)
dandelion (means coquetry or happiness and faithfulness.)
xanthic: of a yellowish color
Some say the color yellow is associated with gold or the sun, thus implying warmth, joy, and friendship, wisdom and power. Long ago, however, yellow flowers had negative connotations and were used to symbolize jealousy and dying love.
Originating in Turkey, it seems that the "language of flowers" was introduced in Europe in the 1700s. Lists of flower meanings were hand written and circulated, but not all lists agreed. One can imagine the resulting unfortunate consequences! "The first language of flowers book was probably B. Delachenaye's Abecedaire de Flore ou langage des fleurs, published in 1810....The publication of Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs in December 1819, was the beginning of the great proliferation of language of flowers books."*
*from Flowers, the Angels' Alphabet, The Language and Poetry of Flowers by Susan Loy, an except from which can be found HERE.
Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun! This week our letter is "X." Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun!
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