“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.
Morning Glories are September’s flower & their strong, curling vines are tenacious. The large, heart-shaped leaves are reminiscent of their surprising cousin, the sweet potato. Morning Glories are native to South America where the seeds were believed to be gateways to the gods because of their hallucinogenic qualities. The Victorians considered Morning Glories a symbol of unrequited love since each bloom lives only for a day. Though the flowers bloom just once, the vine produces many new flowers daily. It’s a beautiful balance of tenderness & strength; a picture of the new mercies we receive every morning as we rise to greet the sun.