Sunday, November 5, 2017

purchased but never sent...


       This vintage card has been in my possession ever since I was small. I suppose that someone had purchased it to send to my great grandmother Morrison but, she passed away before it could be done. My grandmother gave it to me because of my fascination for it. The bedroom windows open into the outdoors inside the card, if that makes since? The printed message in the card reads:

Because you're dear and very sweet
And mean the world and all,
This lovely wish is for all joys--
The big ones, and the small!

       Three potted geraniums rest on a yellow window seal and ruffled, white cotton curtains frame the quaint view for the recipient. The front of the card reads, "With Love to Dear Grandmother."


Video by Carly Simon

Saturday, November 4, 2017

illustrator arthur rackham

Illustrator Arthur Rackham.
      Rackham was born in Lewisham, then still part of Kent as one of 12 children. In 1884, at the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve his fragile health, accompanied by two aunts. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art.
      In 1892, he left his job and started working for the Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life.
      By the turn of the century Rackham had developed a reputation for pen and ink fantasy illustration with richly illustrated gift books such as The Ingoldsby Legends (1898), Gulliver's Travels and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (both 1900). This was developed further through the austere years of the Boer War with regular contributions to children's periodicals such as Little Folks and Cassell's Magazine. In 1901 he moved to Wychcombe Studios near Haverstock Hill, and in 1903 married his neighbour Edyth Starkie. Edith suffered a miscarriage in 1904, but the couple had one daughter, Barbara, in 1908. Although acknowledged as an accomplished black-and-white book illustrator for some years, it was the publication of his full colour plates to Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle by Heinemann in 1905 that particularly brought him into public attention, his reputation being confirmed the following year with J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, published by Hodder & Stoughton. Income from the books was greatly augmented by annual exhibitions of the artwork at the Leicester Galleries. Rackham won a gold medal at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906 and another one at the Barcelona International Exposition in 1912. His works were included in numerous exhibitions, including one at the Louvre in Paris in 1914.
      From 1906 the family lived in Chalcot Gardens, near Haverstock Hill, until moving from London to Houghton, West Sussex in 1920. In 1929 the family settled into a newly built property in Limpsfield, Surrey. Arthur Rackham died in 1939 of cancer at his home. Read more . . .

I've restored samples from Arthur Rackham's illustrated volume of English Fairy Tales

"fee-fi-fo-fum," I smell the blood of an Englishman

Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar at home.

She went along, and went along...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

r is for ragged robin through rye grass...

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." Rachel Carson

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Ragged Robin - Sentiment: Wit.
  2. Ranunculus  - Sentiment: You are radiant with charms.
  3. Ranunculus, Garden - Sentiment: You are rich in attractions.
  4. Ranunculus, Wild  - Sentiment: Ingratitude.
  5. Raspberry - Sentiment: Remorse.
  6. Ray Grass - Sentiment: Vice.
  7. Red Catchfly  - Sentiment: Youthful love.
  8. Reed - Sentiment: Complaisance, Music.
  9. Reed, Split  - Sentiment: Indiscretion.
  10. Rhododendron (Rosebay) - Sentiment: Danger, Beware.
  11. Rhubarb - Sentiment: Advice.
  12. Rocket  - Sentiment: Rivalry.
  13. Rose - Sentiment: Love. Victorian Scrap: 1,
  14. Rose, Austrian - Sentiment: Thou are all that is lovely.
  15. Rose, Black - Sentiment: Death.
  16. Rose, Bridal  - Sentiment: Happy love.
  17. Rose, Burgundy - Sentiment: Unconscious beauty.
  18. Rose, Cabbage - Sentiment: Ambassador of love.
  19. Rose, Campion - Sentiment:  Only deserve my love.
  20. Rose, Carolina - Sentiment: Love is dangerous.
  21. Rose, China  - Sentiment: Beauty always new.
  22. Rose, Christmas - Sentiment: Tranquillize my anxiety.
  23. Rose, Daily  - Sentiment: Thy smile I aspire to.
  24. Rose, Damask - Sentiment: Brilliant complextion.
  25. Rose, Deep Red - Sentiment: Lust. Victorian Scrap; 1, 2,
  26. Rose, Dog - Sentiment: Pleasure and pain.
  27. Rose, Guelder - Sentiment: Winter, Age.
  28. Rose, Hundred-leaved  - Sentiment: Pride.
  29. Rose, Japan  - Sentiment: Beauty is your only attraction.
  30. Rose, Maiden Blush - Sentiment: If you love me, you will find it out.
  31. Rose, Multiflora  - Sentiment: Grace.
  32. Rose, Mundi  - Sentiment: Variety.
  33. Rose, Musk  - Sentiment: Capricious beauty.
  34. Rose, Musk, Cluster - Sentiment: Charming.
  35. Rose, Pink - Sentiment: Affectionate love. Victorian Scrap: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
  36. Rose, Single  - Sentiment: Simplicity.
  37. Rose, Thornless - Sentiment: Early attachment.
  38. Rose, Unique - Sentiment: Call me not beautiful.
  39. Rose, White  - Sentiment: I am worthy of you, Spiritual love. Victorian Scrap: 1,
  40. Rose, White (withered)  - Sentiment: Transient impressions.
  41. Rose, Yellow  - Sentiment: Deep friendship, Achievment, Anniversary.
  42. Rose, York and Lancaster - Sentiment: War.
  43. Rose, Full-blown, placed over two Buds - Sentiment: Secrecy.
  44. Rose, White and Red together - Sentiment: Unity.
  45. Roses, Crown of  - Sentiment: Reward of virtue.
  46. Rosebud, Red - Sentiment: Pure and lovely.
  47. Rosebud, White  - Sentiment: Girlhood.
  48. Rosebud, Moss - Sentiment: Confession of love.
  49. Rosebay (Rhododendron) - Sentiment: Beware, Danger.
  50. Rosemary - Sentiment: Remembrance.
  51. Rudbeckia - Sentiment: Justice.
  52. Rue - Sentiment: Disdain.
  53. Rush - Sentiment: Docility.
  54. Rye Grass - Sentiment: Changeable disposition.

s is for saffron through syringa...

"Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Saffron  - Sentiment: Beware of excess.
  2. Saffron Crocus - Sentiment: Mirth.
  3. Saffron, Meadow  - Sentiment: My happiest days are past.
  4. Sage - Sentiment: Domestic virtue.
  5. Sage, Garden  - Sentiment: Esteem.
  6. Sainfoin  - Sentiment: Agitation.
  7. Saint John's Wort  - Sentiment: Animosity, Superstition.
  8. Sardony  - Sentiment: Irony.
  9. Saxifrage, Mossy  - Sentiment: Affection.
  10. Scabious  - Sentiment: Unfortunate love.
  11. Scabious, Sweet - Sentiment: Widowhood.
  12. Scarlet Lychnis - Sentiment: Sunbeaming eyes.
  13. Schinus  - Sentiment: Religious enthusiasm.
  14. Scotch Fir - Sentiment: Elevation.
  15. Sensitive Plant - Sentiment: Sensibility, Delicate feelings.
  16. Senvy - Sentiment: Indifference.
  17. Shamrock - Sentiment: Light heartedness.
  18. Snakesfoot - Sentiment: Horror, Anger, Betrayal.
  19. Snapdragon - Sentiment: Presumption.
  20. Snowball - Sentiment: Bound.
  21. Snowdrop - Sentiment: Hope.
  22. Sorrel - Sentiment: Affection.
  23. Sorrel, Wild  - Sentiment: Wit ill-timed.
  24. Sorrel, Wood  - Sentiment: Joy
  25. Southernwood - Sentiment: Jest, Bantering.
  26. Spanish Jasmine - Sentiment: Sensuality.
  27. Spearmint - Sentiment: Warmth of sentiment.
  28. Speedwell - Sentiment: Female fidelity.
  29. Speedwell, Germander - Sentiment: Facility.
  30. Speedwell. Spiked  - Sentiment: Semblance.
  31. Spider, Ophrvs - Sentiment: Adroitness.
  32. Spiderwort - Sentiment: Esteem not love.
  33. Spiked Willow Herb - Sentiment: Pretension.
  34. Spindle Tree  - Sentiment: Your charms are engraven on my heart.
  35. Star of Bethlehem  - Sentiment: Purity
  36. Starwort  - Sentiment: Afterthought.
  37. Starwort, American - Sentiment: Cheerfulness in old age.
  38. Stock - Sentiment: Lasting beauty.
  39. Stock, Ten Week - Sentiment: Promptness.
  40. Stonecrop - Sentiment: Tranquillity.
  41. Straw, Broken - Sentiment: Rupture of a contract.
  42. Straw, Whole  - Sentiment: Union.
  43. Strawberry Tree - Sentiment: Esteem and love.
  44. Sumach, Venice - Sentiment: Splendor, Intellectual excellence.
  45. Sunflower, Dwarf  - Sentiment: Adoration.
  46. Sunflower, Tall - Sentiment: Haughtiness.
  47. Swallow-wort  - Sentiment: Cure for heartache.
  48. Sweet Basil  - Sentiment: Good wishes.
  49. Sweetbrier, American - Sentiment: Simplicity.
  50. Sweetbrier, European - Sentiment: I wound to heal.
  51. Sweetbrier, Yellow - Sentiment: Decrease of love.
  52. Sweet Pea - Sentiment: Delicate pleasures. Victorian Scrap: 1,
  53. Sweet Sultan  - Sentiment: Felicity.
  54. Sweet William - Sentiment: Gallantry.
  55. Sycamore - Sentiment: Curiosity.
  56. Syringa  - Sentiment: Memory.
  57. Syringa, Carolina  - Sentiment: Disappointment.

p is for palm through pyrus japonica...

"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." Helen Keller

         The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Palm - Sentiment: Victory.
  2. Pansy - Sentiment: Thoughts.
  3. Parsley  - Sentiment: Festivity.
  4. Pasque Flower - Sentiment: You have no claims.
  5. Passion Flower - Sentiment: Religious token, Wounds of Christ.
  6. Patience Dock - Sentiment: Patience.
  7. Pea, Everlasting - Sentiment: An appointed meeting, Lasting Pleasure.
  8. Pea, Sweet - Sentiment: Departure.
  9. Peach  - Sentiment: Your qualities, like your charms, are unequaled.
  10. Peach Blossom - Sentiment: I am your captive, long life, generosity and bridal hope.
  11. Pear Blossom - Sentiment: Affection, lasting friendship.
  12. Pear Tree - Sentiment: Comfort.
  13. Pennyroyal - Sentiment: Flee away.
  14. Peony - Sentiment: Shame, Bashfulness.
  15. Peony, Chinese - Sentiment: Prosperity and honor.
  16. Peony, Japanese - Sentiment: Masculinity and bravery.
  17. Peppermint - Sentiment: Warmth of feeling.
  18. Periwinkle, Blue - Sentiment: Early friendship.
  19. Periwinkle, White - Sentiment: Pleasures of memory.
  20. Persicaria - Sentiment: Restoration.
  21. Persimon - Sentiment: Bury me amid Nature's beauties.
  22. Peruvian Heliotrope - Sentiment: Devotion.
  23. Pheasant's Eye - Sentiment: Remembrance.
  24. Phlox - Sentiment: Unanimity or Harmony.
  25. Pigeon Berry  - Sentiment: Indifference.
  26. Pimpernel - Sentiment: Change, Assignation.
  27. Pine - Sentiment: Pity.
  28. Pine-apple - Sentiment: You are perfect, Christian crown.
  29. Pine, Pitch - Sentiment: Philosophy.
  30. Pine, Spruce  - Sentiment: Hope in adversity.
  31. Pine, Tree - Sentiment: Used worldwide to celebrate Christmas.
  32. Pink - Sentiment: Boldness.
  33. Pink, Carnation - Sentiment: Woman's love.
  34. Pink, Indian, Double - Sentiment: Always lovely.
  35. Pink, Indian, Single - Sentiment: Aversion.
  36. Pink, Mountain - Sentiment: Aspiring.
  37. Pink, Red, Double - Sentiment: Pure and ardent love.
  38. Pink, Single  - Sentiment: Pure love.
  39. Pink, Variegated  - Sentiment: Refusal.
  40. Pink, White  - Sentiment: Ingeniousness, Talent.
  41. Pitch Pine Blossom - Sentiment: Philosophy. 
  42. Plane Tree - Sentiment: Genius.
  43. Plum Blossom - Sentiment: Longevity.
  44. Plum, Indian  - Sentiment: Privation.
  45. Plum Tree - Sentiment: Fidelity.
  46. Plum, Wild  - Sentiment: Independence.
  47. Plumeria - Sentiment: Perfection, Spring, New beginnings. 
  48. Polyanthus - Sentiment: Pride of riches.
  49. Polyanthus, Crimson - Sentiment: The heart's mystery.
  50. Polyanthus, Lilac  - Sentiment: Confidence.
  51. Pomegranate  - Sentiment: Fertility, Abundance, Marriage.
  52. Pomegranate, Flower - Sentiment: Mature elegance.
  53. Poplar, Black - Sentiment: Courage.
  54. Poplar, White - Sentiment: Time.
  55. Poppy, Red  - Sentiment: Consolation. Victorian Scrap: 1, 2,
  56. Poppy, Red in United Kingdom - Sentiment: Remembrance of fallen soldiers 
  57. Poppy, Scarlet - Sentiment: Fantastic extravagance.
  58. Poppy, White - Sentiment: Sleep, My bane, My antidote and Peace.
  59. Poppy, Yellow - Sentiment: Wealth and Success.
  60. Potato - Sentiment: Benevolence.
  61. Prickly Pear  - Sentiment: Satire.
  62. Pride of China - Sentiment: Dissension.
  63. Primrose - Sentiment: Early youth, eternal love and early grief.
  64. Primrose, Evening - Sentiment: Inconstancy.
  65. Primrose, Red - Sentiment: Unpatronized merit.
  66. Privet - Sentiment: Prohibition.
  67. Protea - Sentiment: Courage.
  68. Purple Clover - Sentiment: Provident.
  69. Pyrus Japonica  - Sentiment: Fairies' fire.

m is for madder through myrtle...

 God's handiwork is all about me,
As I sit on the porch and gaze
At the far-off peaks of the mountains
That are touched with the sun's bright rays.

Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Madder - Sentiment: Calumny.
  2. Magnolia - Sentiment: Love of Nature. Victorian Scrap: 1,
  3. Magnolia, Swamp  - Sentiment: Perseverance.
  4. Mallow  - Sentiment: Mildness.
  5. Mallow, Marsh - Sentiment: Beneficence.
  6. Mallow, Syrian - Sentiment: Consumed by love.
  7. Mallow, Venetian  - Sentiment: Delicate beauty.
  8. Manchineal Tree  - Sentiment: Falsehood.
  9. Mandrake - Sentiment: Horror.
  10. Maple - Sentiment: Reserve.
  11. Marigold - Sentiment: Grief.
  12. Marigold, African  - Sentiment: Vulgar minds.
  13. Marigold, French  - Sentiment: Jealousy.
  14. Marigold, Prophetic - Sentiment: Prediction.
  15. Marigold and Cypress - Sentiment: Despair.
  16. Marjoram - Sentiment: Blushes.
  17. Marvel of Peru - Sentiment: Timidity.
  18. Meadow Lychnis - Sentiment: Wit.
  19. Meadow Saffron - Sentiment: My best days are past.
  20. Meadowsweet - Sentiment: Uselessness.
  21. Mercury  - Sentiment: Goodness.
  22. Mesembryanthemum - Sentiment: Idleness.
  23. Mezereon  - Sentiment: Desire to please.
  24. Michaelmas Daisy  - Sentiment: Afterthought.
  25. Mignionette  - Sentiment: Your qualities surpass your charms.
  26. Milfoil  - Sentiment: War.
  27. Milkvetch - Sentiment: Your presence softens my pains.
  28. Milkwort  - Sentiment: Hermitage.
  29. Mimosa (Sensitive Plant) - Sentiment: Sensitiveness.
  30. Mint - Sentiment: Virtue.
  31. Mistletoe  - Sentiment: I surmount difficulties.
  32. Mock Orange  - Sentiment: Counterfeit.
  33. Monkshood (Helmet Flower) - Sentiment: Chivalry, Knight-errantry.
  34. Moonwort  - Sentiment: Forgetfulness.
  35. Morning Glory - Sentiment: Affectation.
  36. Moschatel - Sentiment: Weakness.
  37. Moss - Sentiment: Maternal love.
  38. Mosses - Sentiment: Ennui.
  39. Mossy Saxifrage - Sentiment: Affection.
  40. Motherwort  - Sentiment: Concealed love.
  41. Mountain Ash - Sentiment: Prudence.
  42. Mourning Bride - Sentiment: Unfortunate attachment, I have lost all.
  43. Mouse-eared Chick weed - Sentiment: Ingenuous simplicity.
  44. Mouse-eared Scorpion Grass - Sentiment: Forget me not.
  45. Moving Plant  - Sentiment: Agitation.
  46. Mudwort  - Sentiment: Tranquility.
  47. Mugwort - Sentiment: Happiness.
  48. Mulberry Tree (Black)  - Sentiment: I shall not survive you.
  49. Mulberry Tree (White)  - Sentiment: Wisdom.
  50. Mushroom  - Sentiment: Suspicion.
  51. Musk Plant  - Sentiment: Weakness.
  52. Mustard Seed - Sentiment: Indifference.
  53. Myrobalan - Sentiment: Privation.
  54. Myrrh  - Sentiment: Gladness. 
  55. Myrtle  - Sentiment: Love.

c is for cabbage through cypress...

"A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace." David Steindl-Rast

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Cabbage - Sentiment: Profit
  2. Cacalia - Sentiment: Adulation
  3. Cactus - Sentiment: Warmth
  4. Calla Aethiopic - Sentiment: Magnificent Beauty.
  5. Calycanthus - Sentiment: Benevolence.
  6. Camellia Japonica, Red - Sentiment: Unpretending excellence.
  7. Camellia Japonica, White - Sentiment: Perfected loveliness.
  8. Camomile - Sentiment: Energy in adversity.
  9. Canary Grass - Sentiment: Perseverance.
  10. Candytuft - Sentiment: Indifference.
  11. Canterbury Bell - Sentiment: Acknowledgement.
  12. Cape Jasmine - Sentiment: I'm too happy.
  13. Cardamine  - Sentiment: Paternal error.
  14. Carnation, Deep Red - Sentiment: Alas' for my poor heart.Victorian Scrap: 1, 2,
  15. Carnation, Striped - Sentiment: Refusal.
  16. Carnation, Yellow - Sentiment: Disdain.
  17. Cardinal Flower  - Sentiment: Distinction.
  18. Catchfly  - Sentiment: Snare.
  19. Catchfly, Red - Sentiment: Youthful love.
  20. Catchfly, White  - Sentiment: Betrayed.
  21. Cedar - Sentiment: Strength.
  22. Cedar of Lebanon  - Sentiment: Incorruptible.
  23. Cedar Leaf - Sentiment: I live for thee.
  24. Celandine (Lesser)  - Sentiment: Joys to come.
  25. Cereus (Creeping)  - Sentiment: Modest genius.
  26. Centaury - Sentiment: Delicacy.
  27. Champignon  - Sentiment: Suspicion.
  28. Chequered Fritillary - Sentiment: Persecution.
  29. Cherry Tree  - Sentiment: Good education.
  30. Cherry Tree, White - Sentiment: Deception.
  31. Chesnut Tree  - Sentiment: Do me justice, Luxury.
  32. Chickweed - Sentiment: Rendezvous.
  33. Chicory  - Sentiment: Frugality.
  34. China Aster  - Sentiment: Variety.
  35. China Aster, Double - Sentiment: I partake your sentiments.
  36. China Aster, Single - Sentiment: I will think of it.
  37. China or Indian Pink - Sentiment: Aversion.
  38. China Rose - Sentiment: Beauty always new.
  39. Chinese Chrysanthemum - Sentiment: Cheerfulness under adversity.
  40. Christmas Rose - Sentiment: Relieve my anxiety.
  41. Chrysanthemum, Red  - Sentiment: I love.
  42. Chrysanthemum, White - Sentiment: Truth.
  43. Chrysanthemum, Yellow - Sentiment: Slighted love.
  44. Cinquefoil - Sentiment: Maternal affection.
  45. Circaea  - Sentiment: Spell.
  46. Cistus, or Rock Rose  - Sentiment: Popular favor.
  47. Cistus, Gum  - Sentiment: I shall die to-morrow.
  48. Citron  - Sentiment: Ill-natured beauty.
  49. Clematis  - Sentiment: Mental beauty.
  50. Clematis, Evergreen - Sentiment: Poverty.
  51. Clotbur  - Sentiment: Rudness, Pertinacity.
  52. Cloves  - Sentiment: Dignity.
  53. Clover, Four-leaved - Sentiment: Be mine.
  54. Clover, Red  - Sentiment: Industry.
  55. Clover, White - Sentiment: Think of me.
  56. Cobaea  - Sentiment: Gossip.
  57. Cockscomb Amaranth - Sentiment: Fobbery, Affection, Singularity.
  58. Colchicum, or Meadow Saffron - Sentiment: My best days are past.
  59. Coltsfoot  - Sentiment: Justice shall be done.
  60. Columbine - Sentiment: Folly.
  61. Columbine, Purple - Sentiment: Resolved to win.
  62. Columbine, Red - Sentiment: Anxious and trembling.
  63. Convolvulus  - Sentiment: Bonds.
  64. Convolvulus, Blue (Minor) - Sentiment: Repose, Night.
  65. Convolvulus, Major - Sentiment: Extinguished hopes.
  66. Convolvulus, Pink  - Sentiment: Worth sustained by judicious and tender affection.
  67. Corchorus - Sentiment: Impatient of absence.
  68. Coreopsis - Sentiment: Always cheerful.
  69. Coreopsis Arkansa - Sentiment: Love at first sight.
  70. Coriander - Sentiment: Hidden worth.
  71. Corn  - Sentiment: Riches.
  72. Corn, Broken  - Sentiment: Quarrel.
  73. Corn Straw - Sentiment: Agreement.
  74. Corn Bottle - Sentiment: Delicacy.
  75. Corn Cockle  - Sentiment: Gentility.
  76. Cornel Tree - Sentiment: Duration.
  77. Coronella - Sentiment: Success crown your wishes.
  78. Cowslip  - Sentiment: Pensiveness, Winning grace.
  79. Cowslip, American - Sentiment: Divine beauty. You are my divinity.
  80. Cranberry - Sentiment: Cure for heartache.
  81. Creeping Cereus - Sentiment: Horror.
  82. Cress  - Sentiment: Stability, Power.
  83. Crocus  - Sentiment: Abuse not.
  84. Crocus, Spring - Sentiment: Youthful gladness.
  85. Crocus, Saffron - Sentiment: Mirth.
  86. Crown Imperial - Sentiment: Majesty, Power.
  87. Crowsbill - Sentiment: Envy.
  88. Crowfoot - Sentiment: Ingratitude.
  89. Crowfoot (Aconite-leaved) - Sentiment: Lustre.
  90. Cuckoo Plant  - Sentiment: Ardor.
  91. Cudweed, American - Sentiment: Unceasing remembrance.
  92. Currant  - Sentiment: Thy frown will kill me.
  93. Cuscuta  - Sentiment: Meanness.
  94. Cyclamen - Sentiment: Diffidence.
  95. Cypress  - Sentiment:  Death, Mourning.

b is for bachelor's buttons through butterfly weed...

"There is no balm of Gilead, No salve, no soothing ointment to stay the pain of one who's had in love a disappointment - unless it be that healing lotion of fixing on a new devotion." Richard Armour

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Bachelor's Buttons - Sentiment: Celibacy
  2. Balm - Sentiment: Sympathy
  3. Balm, Gentle - Sentiment: Pleasantry
  4. Balm of Gilead - Sentiment: Cure, Relief.
  5. Balsam, Red - Sentiment: Touch me not, Impatient resolves.
  6. Balsam, Yellow - Sentiment: Impatience.
  7. Barberry - Sentiment: Sourness of temper.
  8. Barberry Tree - Sentiment: Sharpness.
  9. Basil - Sentiment: Hatred.
  10. Bay Leaf - Sentiment: I change but in death.
  11. Bay (Rose) Rhododendron - Sentiment: Danger, Beware.
  12. Bay Tree - Sentiment: Glory.
  13. Bay Wreath - Sentiment: Reward of merit.
  14. Bearded Crepis - Sentiment: Protection.
  15. Beech Tree - Sentiment: Prosperity.
  16. Bee Orchis - Sentiment: Industry.
  17. Bee Ophrys - Sentiment: Error.
  18. Belladonna - Sentiment: Silence.
  19. Bell Flower, Pyramidal - Sentiment: Constancy.
  20. Bell Flower (small white) - Sentiment: Gratitude.
  21. Belvedere - Sentiment: I declare against you.
  22. Betony - Sentiment: Surprise.
  23. Bilberry - Sentiment: Treachery.
  24. Bindweed, Great - Sentiment: Insinuation.
  25. Bindweed, Small - Sentiment: Humility.
  26. Birch - Sentiment: Meekness.
  27. Birdsfoot Trefoil - Sentiment: Revenge.
  28. Bittersweet; Nightshade - Sentiment: Truth.
  29. Black Poplar - Sentiment: Courage.
  30. Blackthorn - Sentiment: Difficulty.
  31. Bladder Nut Tree - Sentiment: Frivoloity, Amusement.
  32. Bluebottle (Centaury) - Sentiment: Delicacy.
  33. Bluebell - Sentiment: Constancy.
  34. Blue-flowered Greek Valerian - Sentiment: Rupture.
  35. Borus Henricus - Sentiment: Goodness.
  36. Borage - Sentiment: Bluntness.
  37. Box Tree - Sentiment: Stoicism.
  38. Bramble - Sentiment: Lowliness, Envy, Remorse.
  39. Branch of Currants - Sentiment: You please all.
  40. Branch of Thorns - Sentiment: Severity, Rigor.
  41. Bridal Rose - Sentiment: Happy love.
  42. Broom - Sentiment: Humility, Neatness.
  43. Buckbean - Sentiment: Calm repose.
  44. Bud of White Rose - Sentiment: Heart ignorant of love.
  45. Burgloss - Sentiment: Falsehood.
  46. Bulrush - Sentiment: Indiscretion, Docility.
  47. Bundle of Reeds, with their Panicles - Sentiment: Music.
  48. Burdock - Sentiment: Importunity, Touch me not.
  49. Buttercup (Kingcup) - Sentiment: Ingratitude, Childishness.
  50. Butterfly Orchis - Sentiment: Gaiety.
  51. Butterfly Weed - Sentiment: Let me go.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

l is for laburnum through lupine...

"The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen..." Isaiah 43:20

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Laburnum - Sentiment: Forsaken, Pensive Beauty
  2. Lady's Slipper - Sentiment: Capricious Beauty, Win me and wear me.
  3. Lagerstrsemia, Indian - Sentiment: Eloquence.
  4. Lantana - Sentiment: Rigor.
  5. Larch - Sentiment: Audacity, Boldness.
  6. Larkspur - Sentiment: Lightness, Levity.
  7. Larkspur, Pink - Sentiment: Fickleness.
  8. Larkspur, Purple - Sentiment: Haughtiness.
  9. Laurel - Sentiment: Glory.
  10. Laurel, Common, in flower - Sentiment: Perfidy.
  11. Laurel, Ground - Sentiment: Perseverance.
  12. Laurel, Mountain - Sentiment: Ambition.
  13. Laurel-leaved Magnolia - Sentiment: Dignity.
  14. Laurestina - Sentiment: A token, I die if neglected.
  15. Lavender - Sentiment: Distrust.
  16. Leaves (dead) - Sentiment: Melancholy.
  17. Lemon - Sentiment: Zest.
  18. Lemon Blossoms - Sentiment: Fidelity in love.
  19. Lettuce - Sentiment: Cold-heartedness.
  20. Lichen  - Sentiment: Dejection, Solitude.
  21. Lilac, Field  - Sentiment: Humility.
  22. Lilac, Purple  - Sentiment: First emotions of love.
  23. Lilac, White  - Sentiment: Youthful Innocence.
  24. Lily, Day - Sentiment: Coquetry.
  25. Lily, Imperial - Sentiment: Majesty.
  26. Lily, White - Sentiment: Purity, Sweetness.
  27. Lily, Yellow  - Sentiment: Falsehood, Gaiety.
  28. Lily of the Valley  - Sentiment: Return of happiness.
  29. Linden or Lime Trees - Sentiment: Conjugal love.
  30. Lint - Sentiment: I feel my obligations.
  31. Live Oak - Sentiment: Liberty.
  32. Liverwort - Sentiment: Confidence.
  33. Licorice, Wild - Sentiment: I declare against you.
  34. Lobelia  - Sentiment: Malevolence.
  35. Locust Tree  - Sentiment: Elegance.
  36. Locust Tree (green) - Sentiment: Affection beyond the grave.
  37. London Pride - Sentiment: Frivolity.
  38. Lote Tree - Sentiment: Concord.
  39. Lotus - Sentiment: Eloquence.
  40. Lotus Flower - Sentiment: Estranged love.
  41. Lotus Leaf - Sentiment: Recantation.
  42. Love in a Mist - Sentiment: Perplexity.
  43. Love lies Bleeding  - Sentiment: Hopeless, not heartless.
  44. Lucern  - Sentiment: Life.
  45. Lupine  - Sentiment: Voraciousness, Imagination.

w is for walnut through wormwood...

"My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms - will it return to my body when they scatter?" Kotomichi

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Walnut - Sentiment: Intellect, Stratagem.
  2. Wall-flower - Sentiment: Fidelity in adversity.
  3. Water Lily - Sentiment: Purity of heart.
  4. Water Melon - Sentiment: Bulkiness.
  5. Wax Plant - Sentiment: Susceptibility.
  6. Wheat Stalk - Sentiment: Riches.
  7. Whin - Sentiment: Anger.
  8. White Jasmine - Sentiment: Amiableness.
  9. White Lily - Sentiment: Purity and Modesty.
  10. White Mullein - Sentiment: Good nature.
  11. White Oak - Sentiment: Independence.
  12. White Pink - Sentiment: Talent.
  13. White Poplar - Sentiment: Time.
  14. White Rose (dried) - Sentiment: Death preferable to loss of innocence.
  15. Whortleberry - Sentiment: Treason.
  16. Willow Creeping - Sentiment: Love forsaken.
  17. Willow, Water - Sentiment: Freedom.
  18. Willow, Weeping - Sentiment: Mourning.
  19. Willow-Herb - Sentiment: Pretension.
  20. Willow French - Sentiment: Bravery and humanity.
  21. Winter Cherry - Sentiment: Deception.
  22. Winged Seeds (any flower or tree) - Sentiment: Messengers or Message. 
  23. Witch Hazel - Sentiment: A spell.
  24. Wisteria - Sentiment: Welcoming.
  25. Woodbine - Sentiment: Fraternal love.
  26. Wood Sorrel - Sentiment: Joy, Maternal tenderness.
  27. Wormwood - Sentiment: Absence or Bitter sorrow.

v is for valerian through volkamenia...

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." Mark Twain

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Valerian - Sentiment: An accommodating disposition.
  2. Valerian, Greek - Sentiment: Rupture.
  3. Venice Sumach - Sentiment: Intellectual excellence, Splendor.
  4. Venus' Car - Sentiment: Fly with me.
  5. Venus' Looking-glass - Sentiment: Flattery.
  6. Venus' Trap - Sentiment: Deceit.
  7. Vernal Grass - Sentiment: Poor, but happy.
  8. Veronica - Sentiment: Fidelity.
  9. Vervain - Sentiment: Enchantment.
  10. Vine - Sentiment: Intoxication.
  11. Violet, Blue - Sentiment: Faithfulness. Poems: The Violet,
  12. Violet, Dame - Sentiment: Watchfulness. Victorian Scrap: 1, 2,
  13. Violet, Sweet - Sentiment: Modesty.
  14. Violet, Yellow - Sentiment: Rural happiness.
  15. Virginian Spiderwort - Sentiment: Momentary happiness.
  16. Virgin's Bower - Sentiment: Filial love.
  17. Viscaria (Lychnis viscaria) - Sentiment: Invitation to dance.
  18. Volkamenia - Sentiment: May you be happy.

t is for tamarisk through tussilage...

The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats then I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
Isaac Watts

        The following flora has been alphabetically listed. Additional flowers and sentiments may be added over time due to the fact that different cultural associations are attached to flowers and plants throughout history and across continents. Return to Language of Flowers.
  1. Tamarisk - Sentiment: Crime.
  2. Tansy (Wild) - Sentiment: I declare war against you.
  3. Teasel - Sentiment: Misanthropy.
  4. Tendrils of Climbing Plants - Sentiment: Ties.
  5. Thistle, Common - Sentiment: Austerity.
  6. Thistle, Fuller's - Sentiment: Misanthropy.
  7. Thistle, Scotch - Sentiment: Retaliation.
  8. Thorn Apple - Sentiment: Deceitful charms.
  9. Thorn, Branch of  - Sentiment: Severity.
  10. Thrift - Sentiment: Sympathy.
  11. Throatwort - Sentiment: Neglected beauty.
  12. Thyme - Sentiment: Activity or Thriftiness.
  13. Tiger Flower - Sentiment: For once may pride befriend me.
  14. Traveller's Joy - Sentiment: Safety
  15. Tree of Life - Sentiment: Old age.
  16. Trefoil - Sentiment: Revenge.
  17. Tremella Nestoc - Sentiment: Resistance.
  18. Trillium Pictum - Sentiment: Modest beauty.
  19. Truffle - Sentiment: Surprise.
  20. Trumpet Flower - Sentiment: Fame.
  21. Tuberose - Sentiment: Dangerous pleasures.
  22. Tulip Tree - Sentiment: Fame.
  23. Tulip, Red - Sentiment: Declaration of love or undying love.
  24. Tulip, Purple - Sentiment: Forever love.
  25. Tulip, White - Sentiment: One-sided love. Victorian Scrap: 1, 2,
  26. Tulip, Variegated - Sentiment: Beautiful eyes. 
  27. Tulip, Yellow - Sentiment: Hopeless love.
  28. Turnip - Sentiment: Charity.
  29. Tussilage (Sweet-scented) - Sentiment: Justice shall be done you.