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Choosing your Bouquet with our help, explains the distinctive fragrances and symbolic colours which is behind the hidden meaning of flowers - a must read guide.
Flowers call to us, they speak a language we almost hear. Each flower's colour seems an announcement. The single wildflower by the path murmurs its particular name. In a vase, they sing in chorus. Our poetic relationship with flowers may arise from the function of blossoms in nature. Flowers are beautiful and odorous for a reason; to spread pollen and engender their kind. Maybe this basic association has always reminded our species of it own engendering.
We have always worn flowers in our hair. In our literature of love-east and west, north and south-we have woven flowers into myths and stories and given them meanings. We have presented them to one another, found beauty in their blooms. We have taken flowers as emblems and composed of them a language of our own. Since ancient times, we also have invested these floral organs with magical powers, especially in the matter of love. The periwinkle's spell engendered love; the myrtle kept it alive. In a fragrant midsummer night's dream, pansies placed on the eyes of a sleeper induced passion for the one who woke him. A distant lover, blowing on a forget-me-not, could perceive the loved one's very thoughts.
So, in way specific and poetic, sensual and implicit, the urge to name the flowers, to know them and to give them stories, has long possessed us. Even the odour of flowers seems to promise us something. "A flower's scent-invisible yet real has long been the emblem of the human soul. The book explores some of he mythic and personal significance of flowers, drawing upon the botany, the literature, and the lore of blooms to describe each one's acquired significance. This brief compendium looks to both the East and West for its inspiration, gathering the meanings we have given to flowers as we might gather the blooms themselves.