“Floriography”: the language of flowers
Thousands of years of folklore, mythology & religious tradition have contributed to the meanings we ascribe to flowers today. Floriography peaked in popularity during the Victorian era when, armed with floral dictionaries, gentlemen would send cryptic messages to ladies with specific nosegays or tussie mussies called “talking bouquets”.
Still today we have a tradition of birth month flowers, the meanings of which are rooted in floriography. Similar to zodiac signs or birthstones, it is believed you inherit the characteristics of the flower assigned to your birth month.
Carnations are January’s flower & a bright introduction to each new year. Each color carries a different meanings but pink & deep red carnations signify love & gratitude. These hearty blossoms are known as “The Flowers of God” because of their Greek scientific name “Dianthus”; “dios” referring to the god Zeus and “anthos” meaning “flower”.