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FLOWERS.
Flowers are the bright remembrancers of youth

They waft us back, with

their bland odorous breath,

The joyous hours that only young


Ere we have leanit

tliat this fair

life

knows,

earth hides graves.

THE

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
AX ALPHABET OP

FLORAL E3IBLEMS,

In eastern lands they talk in flowers,

And they tell in a iiarland their loves and cares


Each blossum that blooms in their garden bowers
On

its

Then gather

And

tell

leaves a mystic language bears.

a wreath

from the garden bowers.

the wish of thy heart in flowers.

PEBCIVAL.

LONDON:

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SONS. PATERNOSTER ROW;


EDINBURGH A.VD XEW YORK.

NELSON AND

INTRODUCTION'.

Thf Language

of Flora has been traced

sources, each presenting

some true claim

by

its

students to widely different

to the title, yet none so entirely sub-

verting those of others, as to stand forth alcfhe as

its

originator; for truly the

origin of this voice of the flowers is coeval with their creation,

tongae

sufficiently simple

and attractive to have a charm

and

is still

for every student of

emblems evgn to the illiterate rustic, who


plucks the way-side daisy, or the blue forget-me-not, to be presented to some
village maiden as the readiest expression of his love.
It is, in tnith, no creature of modem art, but the free-bom child of unsophisti" Lovely as the rose," " Fair as the lily," or " Modest as the
cated nature.
nature, and to suggest appropriate

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the object seems less suggestive of the sense, and where the idea
sought to be conveyed is more complex and difficult intelligently to symbolize,
yet in this is only presented the floral tongue passing through the same pro-

many wherein

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phrases that seem to come naturally into use, without thought that
in this emblematic employment lies the germ of true poetry and the symbolic language of Flora and though to these will be found added, in the present volume,
violet," are

gressive stages that have characterized the annals of every spoken language.
In a rude and primitive state, the words are few and simple that suflice to clothe

but with
in language the thoughts and desires of an untutored race of men
every increasing want, and every new desire, names and forms of thought must
be created, until the brief vocabulary of the savage tribe swells into the complex dictionary of an intelligent and civilized people. And so has it been with
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this universal language.

"He

cometh forth as a flower and

is

the expressive and universally intelligible language of Scripture.

cut down," is

And no

less

strew them over the shroud of


departed love, and plant them to bloom brightly above the grave, that they
may speak in spring of a brighter season of hope, and in summer of that
heavenly clime that knows only of an eternal gjmmer and a cloudless sky, and
in aU seasons, of love, and purity, and peace. To these, the simple expressions
doefe it early prefigure

hope than

frailty,

"S\'e

of natural fteling, have been added fi-om time to time, from the pages of classic
poetry and the more complex fancies of later writers, a series of ideas attached

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IXTRODUCTIOX.

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For the more complicated uses of this beautiful language, a few hints may
be necessary to show how extensive is the raage of thought its alphabet may
coiuiii unicate.
For example, if a flower be given reversed, it implies the opposite
of that thought or sentiment which it is ordinarily understood to express:
again, a rosebud from which the thorns have been removed, but which has
still its leaves,

convejs the sentiment, " I fear, but I hope,"

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it signifies

that " There may be neither hope nor fear;" while, again, a single flower may
be made emblematical of a variety of ideas a rosebud that has been already
used and deprived of its thorns, says, " There is much to hope," but stript of
its leaves also, it tells, " There is every thing to fear."
The expression aJso of
almost any flower may be varied by changing its position. Place the marigold
upon the head, for instance, and it signifies " distress of mind" on the bosom,
" listlessness. " And it may be added, when a flower is given, the pronoun /
is understood by changing it to the right, thou by inclining it to the left.
To the intelligent reader, these suggestions may suffice, and we shall therefore conclude our introduction with the hope that, under the guidance of this
little volume, many a bright nosegay may exchange hands, and tell, in its fitting
and intelligible language, " a welcome message to fair lady's ear."
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the thorns

remove the leaves and thorns, and then

THE

LANGUAGE

OF FLOWERS.

PART L
nOWERS, AND THE SENTIMENTS WHICH THEY REPRESENT.
Abatina
Abecedary

Fickleness.

-Acacia

Apple, Pine
Apple, Thorn

Perfection.

Arbor Vitae

Unchanging

Acacia, Pink

Chaste love.
Elegance.

Acacia, Rose

Platoniclove. Friend-

Anira, (Wake Robin)..Ardour.


Ash, Mountain
Prudence.

Acacia, Yellow

Secret love.

Acanthus

The Fine Arts

Volubility.

Arti-

fice.

A^us Castus

Indifference.

Agrimony
Almond Tree

Thankfulness
Stupidity.

Aloe

Affliction.

Althaea Fnitex

Persuasion.

Cold-

ness.

Indiscre-

tion.

Amaranth
Amaryllis

Ash Tree
Aspen Tree
Asphodel

My regrets followyou

Auricula

Painting.

Grandeur.
Lamentation.

remem-

Sorrowful
brances.

Amaranth, Globe

Grie

to the grave.

Auricula, Scarlet

Avarice.

Austurtium
Azalea
balm
Balm, Gentle

Temperance.
Sympathy.

Balm

of Gilead

Splendour.

Pleasantry.

Balsam

Cure. Relief!
Impatience.
Ardent

Barbeny

Sourness.

Immortality.

Unchangeable.
Pnde.
Love returned-

love.

Timidity.

Ambrosia
Anemone, Field
Anemone, Garden

Forsaken.

Angelica

Inspiration.

Angrec

Koyalty.

Sickness.

friend-

ship.

ship.

Adonis

Deceitful charms.

Basil,

Sweet

Bay Leaf.
Bay Tree
Bay Wreath

Apocynum

Deceit.

Apple
Apple Blossom

Temptation.

Bearded Crepis
Beech Tree
Bee Gphrys

Preference.

Bee Orchis

Sharpness.
Ill temper.
Hatred.

change but in death.

Glory.

Reward

of merit

Protection.
Prosperity.

Industry.

Error.

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FLOWERS, AXD THE SEXTIMENTS WHICH THEY REPRESE>'T.

Belladonna
Bell Flower,

silence.

White

Gi-atitude.

Belvedere

declare against you.

Betony

Surprise.

Bilberry

Treachery.

Birch Tree
Bindweed, Great
Bindweed, Small
Bladder Nut Tree

.Meekness.

Amusement.

Blaeberry

Ingenuous

Bluebell

Constancy.

Insinuation,

Humility
Fiivo-

Cheiry Tree, White. ..Deception.


Chesnut
Luxury.
Chesnut Tree
Do me justice.
Chick weed
Rendezvous.
Chickweed,
5Iou.seeared
Ingenuous simplicity
Chicory
Frucality.
Variety.
China Aster...
China Aster, Double...! paitake your senti-

lity.

Bluebottle (Centaurs

Bonus Henricus
Borage

).

simplicity,

ments.
think of

v.ill

Stoifisni.

Bramble

Lowliness. En\y. Re-

Broom

Xeatness.

morse.

Chrysanthemum. Red.. I love.


C h r y s a n t h e m u m,
White
Truth.
Chrysantheraun>, Yel-

Buj;closs

Humility.
Calm. Repose.
Falsehood.

Bulru.'sh

Docility.

Burdock

Touch

low

Slighted love.

Cinquefoil
Cistus,

Gum

Maternal affection.
I
shall die to-morrow.

me

Im-

not.

portunity.

Buttercup (Kingcup). .Childishness.

Clematis

^lental beauty.

Clematis, Evergreen...Poverty.

Ingra-

titude.

Clotbur
Clover,

Buttei-fly Orchis

Gaiety.

Cabbage
CallaiEihiopica

Gain. Profit
Magnificent beauty.

Calycanthus

Compassion. Benevolence.

Rudeness.

Red

Industry.

Cloves
Cobea

Gossip.

Colt.sfoot

Justice shall be done.

Columbine

Folly.

Columbine, Purple
Columbine, Red

.\n.\ious

Convolvulus

Bonds.

Dignitj-.

Resoluticm.

Camellia Japonica

Unpretending excel-

Camomile
Canary Grass

Energy

Candytuft
Canterbury Bell

Indifference.

Acknowledgment

Coreopsis

Cardamine

Paternal error.

Coreopsis, Arkansa....Love at

lence.

Perseverance.

Fascination.

Carnation, Striped

Refusal.

Carnation, Yellow
Catchfiy

Disdahi.

Convolvulus, Minor.. ..Night.

Coriander

Wo-

love.

Corn

Cranberry

Celandine

Joys

Centaury

Felicity.

Champignon

Suspicion.

Crane's Bill
Cresses
Crocus
Crocus, Spring
Crown Imperial

Cherry Tree

Education.

Cucumber

to

come.

Riches.

Delicacy.

I live for

strength. Constancy

first sigiit.

Success crown
wishes.

Cedar Leaf.
Cedar of Lebanon
Cedar Tree

Incorruptible.

cheerful.

Concealed merit.

Cornbottle

Cowslip

thee.

Always

Coronella

Pretented love. Snare.


Youthful love.
Betrayed.

Red
White

trem-

Uncertainty

Convolvulu.s, M?ijor....Extingui.-Jied hope.

)istinction.

man's

Catchfly,

and

bling.
in adversity.

Cardinal Flower
Harnation

Catclifly,

under

mi^fortuue.

liUmtness.

it.

Cheerfulness

nese

Delicacy.

Goodness.

Box

Buckbean

China Aster, Single... I


Chrj'Sdnthemum Chi-

Pensiveness.

your

Winning

grace.

Cowslip, American

You

are

my

divinity.

...Cure for Heartache.

Envy.
Stability.

Abuse

not.

Vouthful gladness.
Majesty.
Criticism.

FLOWERS, AND THE SENTIMENTS WHICH THEY REPRESENT.


Locust Tree, Green.... Affection beyond tbe

Moss, Iceland

Health-

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Frivolity.

Mosses
Motherwort

EnnuL

London Pride
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Lotus Leaf.
Love-in-a-Mist
Love-in-a-Puzzle
Love-lies-bleeding

Eloquence.
Estranged love.
Recantatiou.

Mourning Bride

Unfortunate attachment I have lost

Perplexity.

Moving Plant
Mugwort

grave.

Secret love.

alL

Embarrassment
Hopeless, not heart-

Agitation.

MulbeiTN-, Black.

Happiness.
I will not survive ycu.

Wisdom.
Good nature.

Lucem

Life.

MulbeiTy Tree
Mullen

Lui'ine

Voraciousness.

Mushroom

Suspicion.

Lychnis

Musk, Crowfoot
3Iustard Seed
Myrobalan

Weakness.

Mynh

less.

enthu-

religious

siast

Lychcis, Meadow
Lychnis, Scarlet
L>-thnim

Wit

Madder

Calumny.
Love of nature.

Sun-beamed

eyes.

Pretension.

Indifference.

Privation.

Myrtle

Gladness.
Love.

Narcissus, Poet's

Egotism. Self-esteem.

Nasturtium

Patriotism.

Magnolia

Wariike

Magnolia, Swamp
Maiden Hair
Miiidwort
Mallow, Marsh
Mallow, Syrian
ilallow, Venetian

Perseverance.

trophy.

Nasturtium, Scarlet... Splendour.

Discretion.

Tranquillity.

Nettle.

Beneficence.

Consumed by

Nettle,
love.

Ciiiclty.

buraing

Nettle Tree

Slander.

Concert.

Night-blooming Cere-

Manchineal Tree

Delicate beauty.
H\-pocrisy.
False-

Mandrake

hoodHorror.

Night Convolvulus..... Night


Nightshade
Sorcerj'.

Maple

Resei've.

Marigold

Grief

Mangold, African
French
Maijoram
Marvel of Peru

Vulgar-minded.

Jlaiigold,

Transient beauty.

Jealousy.

Nightshade, Bitter
Nosegay, a

Blushes.

Oak Leaf

Bravery and huma-

Oak Tree

Hospitality.

Oats
Oleander

Music

Olive Branch

Peace.
Generosity.

Timidity.

nity.

desire to please.

Bewara

Milkvetch

Milkwort

Hermitage.

Osmunda
Ox-Eye

Dreams.

Sensitiveness.

Palm..-

Victor)'

my
Mimosa

pain.

Mint

Virtue.

Mistletoe

sunnount
stacles.

Mock Orange
.Moonwort
Moschatel

Moss

Orange
Orange Blossom

Ioup- purity equals

Orchis

.A.

your loveUness.
Osier

(Sensitive

Plant)

Dark

thoughts.
Truth.
Gallantry.

Your qualities surpass your cliarms.


War.
Your presence softens

Milfoil

Scepticism.

Witchcraft.

Meadow Saffi'ou
My best days are past
Meadowsweet
L'selessness.
Mesembryanthemum.. Idleness.
Mezerion
Miguionette

Tis

Plan.

ob-

Forgetfulness.

belle.

Patience.

Pansy (Heart's-ease)..You
all

occupy

my

thouehts.

Parsley

Feasting.

Pasque Flower
Passion Flower

You have no

Counterfeit

Weakness.
Maternal love.

beauty.
Frankness.

Useful

knowledge.
claims.

Belief. Susceptibility.

Religious sui.ersiition

I:

FLOAVERS,

Peach Blossom
Pea, Everlasting

AND THE SENTIMENTS WHICH THEY REPRESENT.


I am your captive.
An appointed meeting

Quamoclit
Queen's Rocket

Busybody.

Dep

Pea, Sweet
Pear, Prickly
Pear Tree

Pennyroyal

Peony
Peppermint
Periwinkle, Blue
Periwinkle, Red
Periwinkle, White
Persicaria

Quettes.

Satire.

Quince

Temptation.

Comfort.
Flee away.
Shame. Bashfulness.
Warnith. Cordiality.
Pleasures of memory.
Early friendship.
Pleasant recollections

Ragged Robin
Ranunculus

Ranunculus, AVild

Ingratitude.

Riispbeiry

Remorse.

Restoration.

Ray Grass
Red Bay

Vice.

me amid

na-

Unanimity.

Pine, Black.. .

Pity

lime.
Philosophy.
Farewell
Hope in
adversity.

Pink

Boldness.
~
Pink, Carnation
Woman's love.
Pink, Indian Double. ..Always lovely.

Pink,
Pink,
Pink,
Pink,
Pink,

Pimpemel

Change.
Genius.
Plane Tree
Pleurisy Root
Cure for lieartache.
Perform yourpromise.
Plum Tree
Plum Tree, Wild
Independence.
Polyanthus
Pride of riches.
Polyanthus, Crimson.. The heait's mystery.
Polyanthus, l.ilac
Confidence.
Foolishness.
Flower.. Mature elegance.

Poplar, Black
Poplar,

White

I'oppy

Poppy, Red
Poppy, Scarlet....

tions.

Love.
Memory.
ComjilKcence.
...Indiscretion.

Obstacle.

Rliododendron

Danjrer.

Rhubarb

Advice.

Rocket
Rose
Rose, Austrian

Love.

Rivalry.

Thou

Pose, BridaL
Rose, Burgundy

Happy lova

Rose, Cabbage

Ambassador of love.
Only desenemy love.
Love is dangerous.
Beauty always new.

Rose,

Campion

Rose, Carolina
Rose,. China

Rose, Christmas

Tranquillize

Rose, Daily
Rose, Damask
Rose, Deep Red

Thy smile

Rose,

Rose,

Full

Bashful shame.
Pleasure and pain.

placed over two Buds. Secrecy.


Superior merit.
Red
Beauty.

Rose, Full .Moss

Rose, Hundred-leaved. Pride.

extrava-

Rose. Full White


Rose, Guelder

Rose, Japan

I am worthy of yoa
Winter of age.

Beauty

is

your only

attraction.

Sleep.

Potato
Pride of China.
Primrose
Primrose, Evening
Primrose Red..

Benevolence.

bane,

my

antidote.

aspire to.

blown,

Consolation.

Poppy, White

Quaking Grass

Brilliant complexion.

Dog

Rose, Full

My

my anxi-

ety.

gance.

Privet

Unconscious beauty.

Courage.
Time.
Evanescent pleasure.
Fantastic

art all that is

lovely.

Indian Single.. .Aversion.


fountain
You are aspiring.
Red Double
Pure and ardent love.
Variegated
Refusal.
White
Ingeniousness. Talent

Pomegranate
Pomegranate

am

dazzled by your
charms.
Ranunculus, Garden...You are rich in attrac-

Reeds, Split
Rest Harrow

Pine, Pitch
Pine, Spruce

Wit.

Reed

ture's beauties.

Phlox

queen of co-

the

irtme.

Bury

Persimon

Youare

Fashionable.

Lasting pleasure.

Rose, Lancaster
Rose, Maiden-blush

Union.
If

you love me you


will discover

Dissension.

Rose.

May

Precocity.

Mundi

Varietv.

it.

Early Youtlu
Inconstancy.

Rose,

L'npatronised merit
ProhibitioiL

Rose,

Musk

merry.
Capricims beauty.
Rose. Musk, Cluster.. .Charming.

Agitation.

Rose,

Pompon

You

are

Gentility. l*i-ettinesa

FLOWERS, AND THE SEXTIMEXTS WHICH THEY EEPUESEXT.


Locust Tree, Green.. ..Affection beyond the
grave.

London Pride

Frivolity.

Lotus
Lotus Flower
Lotus Leaf.
Love-in-a-M ist
Love-in-a-ruzzle

Eloquence.

Love-lies-bleeding

Moss, Iceland

Health-

Mosses

Ennui.

Motherwort
Mouruing Bride

Secret lova

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Unfoitunate

Estranged love.

ment

Recantation.

all

attach-

have

lust

Pei-plexity.

Moving Plant

Agitation.

Embanassment.

MuL'woit
Mulberry, Black
Mulberry Tree

Happiness.
I will not survive yen.

Hopeless, not heaitlesa,

Wisdom.
Good nature.

Lucem

Life.

JIullen

Lupine
Lychnis

Voraciousness.

Lychnis, ilcadow
Lychnis, Scarlet

Wit.

JIushroom
Musk, Crowfoot
JIustard Seed
Myrobalan

Lythrum
Madder

Pretension.

Myrtle

Gladness.
Love.

Calumny.
Love of nature.

Narcissus, Poet's

Egotism. Self-esteem.

Nasturtium

Patriotism.

enthu-

religious
siast.

Magnolia
Magnolia, Swamp
Maiden Hair

Sun-beamed

Myrrh

eyes.

Suspicion.

Weakness.
Inditference.

Privation.

Perseverance.

Maidwort
Mallow, Marsh

Tranquillity.

Mallow, Syrian
Mallow, Venetian
Manchineal Tree

Consumed by

Delicate beauty.

Mandrake

Honor.

Nettle

Beneficence.

Hypocrisy.
hood.

Maple

PiCseiTe.

Marigold

Grie

Warlike

trophj-.

Nasturtium, Scarlet... Splendour,

Discretion.

Nettle,
love.

False-

Ci-uclty,

burning

Nettle Tree

Slandei".

Concert.

Plan.

Night-blooming Cereus
Transient beauty.
Night Convolvulus... ..Night
Nightshade
Sorcerj'. Scepticism

Daik

Marigold, African
Marigold, French

Vulgar-minded.
Jealousy.

Nightshade, Bitter
Nosegay, a

Witchcraft.
thoughts.
Truth.
Gallantry.

Maijoram
Marvel of Pern

Blushes.

Oak Leaf

Bravery and huma-

Timidity.

Meadow Saffron

My best

Oak

Hospitality.

Meadowsweet

nity.

days are

past.

L'selessnciS.

Mesembryantheniuin.. Idleness.
I desire to please.
Mezerion
Your qualities surMiguiouette
pass your charms.
War.
Milfoil
Your presence softens
MUkvetch

my pain.
Milkwort

Mimosa
Mint

Mistletoe

sumiount
stacles.

Olive Branch

Peace.

Orange
Orange Blossom

Your

IJeware.

Generosity.

Orchis

ob-

equals

loveline.ss.

beauty.
Frankness.
.A.

belle.

Dreams.
Patience.
Victor}'

Pansy (Heart's-ease)..You
all

purity

your

Osmunda
Ox-Eye
Palm

Sensitiveness.

Virtue.

.Music.

Osier

Hermitage.

(Sensiti\e

Plant)

Tree...

Oats
Oleander

occupy

my

thoughts.

Parsley

Feasting.

Useful

Jfock Orange
Moonwort

Counterfeit.

Forgetfulness.

Pasqne llower

You have no

Moschatel

Weakness.
Maternal love.

Passion Flower

Belief. Susceptibility.

Moss

knowledge.
claims.

lleligious sui,erstition

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SENTIMENTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESENT THEM.

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Accommodating

Valerian

dis-

position.

Venus' Looking-glass Flattery.


Vernal Grass...
Poor, but happy.
Veronica
Fidelity.
Vervain
Enchantment

Vetch
Vine

Shyness.
Faithfulness.

Violet, Daine...

You

Violet, Pui-ple.,

You

Violet, Wliite...

Innocence,

Love.

are the queen of

coquettes.

Mo-

desty.

Wild

Love

Virgin's Bower.

Intellect.

Wheat
Whin

Prosperity

in idleness.

Stratagem.

Anger.
Forsaken.

Willow-Herb, Spiked..Pretension.
Willow, Water
Freedom.
Willow, Weeping
Mourning.
Wolfsbane
Misanthropy.
W^oodroof.
Modest worth.
Wood Sorrel
Joy.
Maternal ten-

my

occupy

thoughts.

Violet,

Fidelityin misfortune.

Walnut

Willow

Drunkenness

Violet, Blue....,

Wdllflower

derness.

WoiTnwood

Absence.

Yew
Zeph}T Flower

Sadness.
Expectation.

Zinnia

Thoughts of absent

Filial love.

fiienda.

PART

11.

SENTIMENTS, AND THE TLOWERS WHICH REPRESENT THEM.


Absence
Abuse not

Wormwood.

Anger

Crocus.

Anticipation

Acknowledgment

Canterbury BelL

Anxiety,

Activity
Thyme.
Addresses, rejected.. ..Ice Plant
Adoration
Dwarf SunfloM'er.
Adroitness
Spider Ophrys.
Adversity, energy in... Camomile.

Advice

my
Anxious

Christmas Rose.

and

trem-

Ardour

Red Columbine.
Arum.

Argument

Fig.

bling

Artifice

Green Locust Tree.

gi'ave

Affection,

bonds

of.....Gilly

Affliction

Attachment, early
Audacity

Aloe.

Age
Age, -winter

Snowball Tree.
Guelder Rose.

of.

Quaking

Agitation

Grass.

Mov-

ing plant

Ambition

Mountain Laurel
White Jasmine.

Amiability
I forgotten?
perfectly

different to

Amusement

you?

drils.

Attachment

Flower.

Affection, enduring.. ..Gorse.

Gooseberrj*.

tranquillize

Acanthus.
Assiduous to please.. ..Ivy Sprig, with ten-

Rhubarb.

Affection beyond the

Am
Am

Wliin.

Holly.
in-

Dogwood Blos-som.
Bladder Nut Tree.

Austerity
Avarice
Aversion

Bantering
Bashfulness
Bashful shame

Tpomcea.
Thornless Rose.
Larch.

Common

Tliistle.

Scarlet Auricula.

Indian Single Pinfc.


Southernwood.
Peony.
...Deep

Red Rose

Beautiful, call menot.. Unique Rose.

Beauty

Party-coloured Daisy.

Beauty, a

Orchis.

Full

Red

Rose.

SENTIMENTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESENT THEM.


Beauty always new.. ..China Rose.
Beauty and prosperity. Red-leaved Rose.

Musk

Beauty, capricious.

Lady's slipper.

Beauty, delicate

Flower- of- an - hour.


Hibiscus. Venitian

Rose.

Mallow.

Beauty

is

your only

magnificent... Calla ^thiopica.

mental

Kennedia. Clematis.
Throat wort.

ne^clected

Laburnum.
French Honeysuckle.
Night - blooming

pensive.
rustic.

transient

Cereus.
Beauty, unconscious...Burgundy Rose.
Beauty, unfading
Gilly Flower.
Belief.
Passion Flower,
Belle, a

Orchis.

Beneficence
Benevolence
Betrayal

Calycanthus.

Betrayed

Wliite Catchfly.

Beware

Oleander. Rosebay.
Dittany of Crete.

Marsh Mallow.
Potato.

Judas Tree.

Birth

Lbony.
Borage.
Marjoram.
Hydrangea.

Blackness
Bluntness
Blushes
Boaster, a

Boldness

Larch. PinkConvolvulus.

Bonds

Comfort
Comforting
Compassion
Complacence
Concert
Confidence

Japan Rose.

attraction

Beauty,
Beauty,
Beauty,
Beauty,
Beauty,
Beauty,

Cold-hearted
Coldness

Bound

17

Lettuce,

Agnus

Castiis.

Pear Tree.
Scarlet

Geranium

Calycanthus. Elder.
Reed.
Nettle Tre&
Hepatica. Liverwort

Lilac Polyanthus.
Confidence in Heaven.. Flowering Reed.
Linden.
Conjugal love
Snowdrop. Red Poppy
Consolation
Cedar Tree. Blue HyConstancy
acinth. Bluebell
Houstonia.
Content

Day

Coquetiy

Lily.

Cordiality

Peppermint

Counterfeit

Mock Orange.

Courage
Crime

Black Poplar.
Tamarisk.

Criticism

Cucumber.

Cruelty

Nettle.

Cure
Ctue

Balm
for

Heartache

of Gilead,

Cranbeny.

Pleurisy

Root Swallow-wort
Sycamore,
Rhododendron.
Danger
Dangerous pleasures.. .Tuberose
Nightshade.
Dark thoughts
Dauntlessness.
Sea Lavender.
Cypress.
Death
Curiosity

Deceit

Apocynum. Dogsbane

SnowbalL
Bravery and humanity 'ak Leaf
Brilliant complexion...Damask Rose.
Bulk
Gourd.

Deceitful charms

Dejection

Lichen.

Bury me amid nature's

Delay

Eupatorium-

Dodder of Thyme.
Quamoclit

Delicacy

Buckbean.

Despair
Devotion

Combottle. Bluebottle
Sweet PeaCypress and Marigold

<

Persimon.

beauties

Business

Deception
Defect

Busybody

Calm
Calumny

Depavmre

Care

Madder.
Dodder of Thyme.

Difficulty

Change

PimpemeL

Diffidence.

...Turnip.

Musk Rose

Cheerful, always

Cheerfulness
misfortune.

Cluster.

under

Discretion.

Chinese Chrysanthe-

Childishness

Buttercup.

Cliivalry

Great Yellow DaffodiL


Hyssop.

Dignity
Disappointment

Coreopsis.

mum.

Cleanliness

horn Apple.

Fever

I'.oot

Hellebore.

Charity
Clianning

White CheiTy Tree.


Henbane.

Heliotrope.

Black Tiiorn.
Sowbread.
Cloves. Elm.
Carohne.
Spring
Syringa Carolina.

Lemon

Blossoms.
Jlaiden H:ur.

Disdain

Yellow

Disgui.''e

Stramonium.
Frog Ophrya.

Carnation-

Rue.

Disgust

SEXTIMEXTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESEIVT THEM.

18

Disposition, acccinmo-

dating
Dissension

Farewell

Spruce Pine.
Camation. Honesty.
Lady's Mantle.
Queen's Rocket.

Valerian.

Fascination

Fashion
Fashionable
Fate

Docility

Pride of Cliina,
Cardinal Flower.
Lavender.
Rush. Bulrush.

Do

Saffron Flower.

Feasting
Fecundity

Parsley.

Felicity

Centaury.

Distinction

Distrust

not abuse

Domestic economy
Houseleek.
Domestic liappiness.... Monthly Honeysuckle
Domestic industiy
Flax.
Domestic virtues
Sage.
Dreams
Osmunda.
Drunkenness
Vine.
Duration,...,
Dogwood.
Eclat

Indian Cress.

Education
Egotism
Elegance

Cheriy Tree.

Hemp.

Fate, the colour of my. Coral Honeysuckle.

Hollyhock.

Female ambition
White Hollyhock.
Female fidelity
SpeedwelL
Female loveliness, the
perfection

Justicia.

of.

Fickleness

nbatina. Lady's Slip-

Fidelity

Ivy.

Fidelity in love

Lemon

Pink Larkspur

per.

Poet's Narcissus.

Sweet

Sultan.

Eloquence

Lagerstrjemia. Lotus.

Veronica.
Blossoms.
Fidelity in misfortune. Wallflower.
Filial love
Virgin's Bower.
Fine arts, the
Acanthus.
Finesse
Sweet William.

Embarrassment
Enchantment
Encouragement
Ennui

Love-in-a-puzzle.

Fire

Vervain. Holly Herb.


Golden Rod.

Fitness

SM'eet Flag.

Flame

Fleur-de-lis.

Pink Acacia.

Locust

Tree.

Elegance, mature
Elevation

Pomegranate Flower.
Fir Tree.

Mosses.

Enthusiast, a religious. Lychnis.

Envy

Horehound.

Flattery

Venus'Looking-glass,

away

EiTor

Crane's Bill. Bramble.


Bee Ophrys.

Folly

En'or, paternal

Cardamine.

Foolishness

Esteem
Esteem and love

Sage.

Force
Foresight

Fennel

Forgetfulness

Moonwort.

Strawberry Tree.
Esteem, but not love...Spidervvort.
Excellence, perfect
Strawberry.
Excellence,unpretending
Camellia Japonica.
Excess, beware of.
Saffron Flower.
Expectation
Zephyr Flower.
Expectation,
disappointed
Fish Geranium.
Extent
Gourd.
Extravagance, fantastic
Scarlet Poppy.
Eyes, beautiful
Variegated Tulip.
Eyes, sun-beamed
Scarlet Lychnis.
Facility
Germander
Speedwell
Faithfulness
Blue Violet
Helio-

Flee

Forget me not
Forsaken

Bugloss.

Fame

Tulip.

Dogsbane.
Manchineal Tree.
Yellow Lily.

Pennyroyal
Columbine.
Pomegranate.
Holly.

Forget-me-not.

Garden Anemone. Laburnum. Willow.

Frankness

Osier.

Freedom

Water Willow.

thoughts
absent
Friendship
Friends,

of

Friendship, early

Zinnia.

Rose Acacia.

Ivy.

Red Periwinkle.

Friendship, unchang-

ing
Frivolity

Arbor VitiB.
Bladder Nut

London
Frugality
Gaiety

Chicory.

Gain

ButteiHy
Yellow
Cabbage.

Gallantry

Generosity

Orange

trope.

Falsehood

Yellow

Iris.

Tree.

Pride.

Endive.
Orchis.
Lily.

nosegay.
William.

Sweet

SEXTIXEN'TS,
I

AXD THE FLOWERS \rniCn REPRESENT THEM.

Genius

PlaneTree.

Gentility

Geranium.

die if neglected

Pompon

engage you

my

il

jj
!

Gladness

:M}-TTh.

LaureL

'I
i

ij

Gladness, youthful ....Spring Crocus.


Bay Tree. Mountain
Glory....

Good nature

I feel all

you
I

Gossip

Cobsa.

I live

Ash

Gratitude
Grief

Aloe Harebell Mari-

Tree.

Iris.

have

lost

Mourning Bride.
Cedar Leaf.
Red Chrysanthemum.

aU

for thee

love

partake your senti-

Double China Aster

ments

wniite Bell Flower.


gold.

Lint.

your kindness... Flax.


have a message for

Mullen.
Bonus Henricua.

Grandeur

obliga-

tions

Goodness

I shall

die

share

to-moiTow.Gum

I will

tily

Cistus,

your senti-

Garden Daisy.

ments

Star of Bethlehem.
MugAvort.

Happiness, return of.. Lily of the Valley.

Guidance
Happiness

Ivy Geranium.

I feel
I

Grace and elegance. ..Yellow Jasmine.

Laurestina.

for the

next dance

Kose.

19

not answer has-

Monthly Honeysuckle

Hatred
Haughtiness

Sweet Basil
Double Larkspur. Tall

Health

Sunflower.
Iceland Mosa.

wiUnot survive you. Black Mulbeny.


wUl think of it
Single China Aster.
Wild Daisy.
wish I were rich
Kingcup.

wotmd

Happy

Biidal Rose.

love

Heart, the incense of


Frankincense.
a faithful

Heart

to heal

If

mystery, the...Crimson PoiyanthuB.

Eglantine.

Jlesembi-yanthemura.

Idleness

you love me, you


will discover

it

Maiden-blush

Heartlessness

Hydrangea.

Ill-temper

Barberry.

Hermitage
Honesty

Milkwort.
Honesty.

Immortality
Impatience
Importunity

Amaranth.

Hope

Hawthorn. Snowdrop.
..^
Hope, extinguished ...Major Convolvulus.
Spruce Pine.
Hope in adversity
Yellow Tulip.
Hopeless love
Hopeless, not heartLove-lies-bleeding.

less

HoiTor

Mandrake. Dragonwort SnakesfooL

Hospitality

Oak

Humility

Broom.

Agnus Castus. Mustard Seed.

Tree.

Field Lilac.

Manchineal Tree.
H}T)0crisy
I am dazzled by your

charms
Ranunculus.

am worthy of you. ..Full White Rose.


Peach Blossom,
am your captive.

aspire to thy smile.. Daily Rose.

attach myself to you. Indian Jasmine.

change but

Indiscretion

you. Belvedere.

Tansy.

AVild Licorice.
I desire to please
I

desire a return
affection

Mezerion.
of

JonquiL

Split Reeds.

Almond

Tree.

Industry

BeeOrchis Red Clover

Ingeniousness.

^\llite Pink.

Ingenuity

Pencil-leaved

Gera-

nium.
Ingenuous simplicity.. Mouse-eared

Injustice

Chickwee<L
Buttercup Wild Ranunculus.
Hop.

Innocence

White Daisy.

Ingratitude

in death.Bay Leaf,

I declare against

Fuller's

Teasel.

Evening Primrose.
Inconstancy
Inconstancy in love. ..Wild Honeysuckle.
Incorruptible
Cedar of Lebanon.
Independence
Wild Plum Tree.
Senvy.
Indlffereace
Candytuft.

Small Bindweed.

Balsam.
Burdock-

Ro.se.

Violet
Innocence, youthful.. .White Lilac
Foxglove.
Insincerity

Wldte

SEXTIMEXTS, AXD THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESEXT THEM.

20

Insinuation

Great IJindweed

l.ove.

Inspiration

Angelica,

Lovely, always

Dahli;u

Instability

Walnut.

Intellect

Ireland,

emblem

of... ..Shamrock.

true

thou art

Lovely,

that

Austrian Rose.

Lowliness

French
Mangold.
Yellow Rose.
Southernwood.

Majesty

Jest

Joy

Wood

Joys to come

Celandine.

Sorrel.

Juice

Fir of Gilead.

Justice

Rudbeckia.
CliesnutTree.

me

all

is

Love's oracle

Sardony.

Irony
Jealousy

Forget-me-not.
Indian Double Pink.

Dandelion.
Bramble.
Chesnut.

Lu.Kiiry

Crown

..

Imperial.

Lobelia.
Saffron.

Cinquefoil.
^Moss.

Justice shall be donc.Colr.sfooL

ifatenial tenderness... Wood Sorrel.


Matrimony
Ivy.

Knowledge, useful
Parsley.
Lady, deign to smile.. .Oak Geranium.

Meanness
Meekness

Justice, do

Lamentation
Levity

Asjien Tree.

Life

Larkspur.
Lucern.

Light-heai-tedness

Shamrock.

Lightness
Longevity

Larkspur.

Im-

peiial Lily.

Malevolence
Marriage
Maternal affection
Maternal love

Cnscuta. Dodder.
Birch Tree.
Meeting, anappointed-Everlasting Pea.
Meeting, an expected. Nutmeg Geranium.

Dark Geranium. Cypiess


and Mari-

Melancholy

gold
Melancholy mind

Fig.

Blue Violet. Jfyrtle.


Kose. Red Bay.
Love, a heart ignorant of.
Wliite Kosebud.
Lore, ambassador of... Rose Cabbage.
Balsam.
Love, ardent

Sorrowful Geranium.
Memory
Red Bay. Synnga.
^lemoiy, pleasures of. Bine Periwinkle.
Merit, concealed
Coriander.
Merit, reward of
Bay Wreath.
Merit, superior
Full Moss Rose.
Merit, unpatronised...Red Primrose.

Love at first sight


Love, bond of

Arkansa Coreopsis.
Monthly Honeysuckle

Mini

Saffron Crocus.

Misanthropy

Fuller's Teasel. Wolfs-

Love,
Love,
Love,
Love,

Acacia.

Modest woTih
Modesty

White Lilac

Love

chaste

confession of ...JIoss Rosebud.

consumed

by.. ..Syrian Mallow.

declaration

of...

Love, estranged

Love,
Love,
Love,
Love,

in idleness

dangerous
Carolina Rose.
only deserve my.Cami)ion Hose.
Kose Acacia.
plator.ic

is

pretended
Catchfly.
pure andardent.Red Double Pink.
Love 7-etnrned
Ambrosia.
Love, secret
Toothwoit.
Yellow
Acacia.
Motherwoi-t.

Yellow Chrysanthennnn.

Love, slighted

Love sweet and secret..Honey Flower.


Love, the fiist emotions of.

Mouming

Violet
Cypress.
Willow.

Music

Oats.

Tulip.

Yellow
Sweetbrier.
Yellow Rose.
Loras Flower.
Wild Violet.

Love, decrease of

Love
Love

Red

bane.
AVoodroof.

Purple Lilac

my

My
My
My

bane,

My

regrets follow

best

('.Ays

Meadow

are past.

to the grave
Natine. love of
Xearniss

Saffron.

Ins.

you
A.phodel.
.Magnolia.

Night
Obstacle
I

Weeping

antidote. Wliite Poppy.

compliments

Obstacles.

"White

Broom.
Minor
Convolvulus.
Night Convolvulus.
Rest Harrow.

surmount
Mistletoe.

all...

Ornament

Hornbeam Trea

Painting
Painting the

Auricula,
lily

Daphne Odora.

SEXTIMEXTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRE8EXT THEM.


Parental affection

Son-eL

Participation

Double Daisy.
White Dittany.

Passion

Paternal error
Patience
I'atriotism

Peace

Cowslip.

Pei-fidy

Common

Pine Apple.

Laurel

Perform your promise. Plum Tree.


Pei-plexity

Love-in-a-mist.

Persecution

Chequered

Canary Grass. Swamp

Persuasion
Philosophy

Althtea Frutex.

Mapnolia.

Plan
Play

Power

Filbert.

Refusal

Striped

Relief

Balm

-.

Carnation-

of Gilead.

Forget-

me-not.

Iini)erial Montague.
Golden Rod.

Rose.

herb, Spiked.

Pompon

Hazel.

Rosemary.

Remembrances,

Amaryllis.

Gera-

DaifodiL

Nettle Tree.

Pride

Ser-

Variegated Pink.

Remembrance, never-

Apple Blossom. Rose


Geranium.
Preference, present.. ..Apple Geranium.
Snapdragon.
Presumption
WLllowLy thrum.
Pretension
liose

Hundred-

leaved Rose.
Pride befriend me, for
once may
Tiger Flower.
Pride of riches
Polyanthus.
Privation.
Indian Plum.
Profit

Cabbage.

Profuseness
Prohibition

Fig Tree.
Privet

Promptitude

Ten Week Stock.


Beech Tree. Wheat.

Cudweed.

ceasing
rowful

Remorse
Rendezvous
Repose
Reser\'e

sor-

Adonis.
Bramble. Raspberry.
Chickweed.
Buckbean.
Maple.
Tremella Xestoc

^
Resistance
Resolution
Pui-ple Columbine.
Resolves, impatient ...Touch-me-not
Restoration
Persicaria,
Retaliation
Scotch ThLstle.

Revenge

Trefoil

Reverie
Riches

Flowering Fern.
Corn.

Rigour

Lantana.

Rivaliy

Rocket
Angrec

Royalty
Rudeness
Clutbur.
Rupture of a contract. Broken Straw.
Sadness
Dead leaves. Yew.
Safety

Traveller's Joy.

Satire

Prickly Pear.

Scandal
Scepticism

Hellebore.

Scotland,

Myro-

balan.

Reconciliation

Wild Geranium,
Black Pine.

Prettiness

.Ash.

'I'ree.

Purity
White Lilac.
Purity and sweetness. White Lily.
HawkAveed.
Quick-sightedness
Goat's Rue.
Reason
liecall
Silver-leaved
nium.
Recantation
Lotus leaf.

Remembrance

Preference.

Prosperity

vice

Pitch Pine.

May

Ju-

Religious superstition. Passion Flower.

Hyacinth.
Pleasant recollections. White Periwinkle.
Gentle Balm.
Pleasantry
Pleasure and pain
Dog Ptose.
Pleasure, evanescent. Poppy.
Everlasting Pea.
Pleasure, lasting..
Eglantine.
Poetry
Vernal Grass.
Poor, hut happy
Evergreen Clematis.
Poverty
Precaution
Precocity

Mountain

Regard

Perseverance

Pity

Prudence

Fritil-

larj'.

Piety, steadfast

Bearded Crepis.
niper.

Tel-

low Iris.
Cardamine.
Dock.
Ox Eye.
Nasturtium.
Olive Branch.

Pensiveness
Perfection

21

Protection

Nightshade.

emblem o..Cominon

Sculpture
Secrecy

Thistle.

Hoy a.
Full-Wown Rose placed over two Buds.

Self-esteem

Poet's Narcissus.

Selfishness

Dodder

Semblance

Spiked Speedwell.
Mimosa.

Sensitiveness

of Tlij-me.

22

SENTIMENTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESENT THEM.

Spanish Jasmine.
Sentiment, warmth of. Spearmint.
Caroiina Jasmine.
Separation
Dew Plant.
Serenade, a
Branch of Thorns.
Severity
Peony.
Shame
Barberry.
Sharpness
Vetclu
Shyness
Sensuality

Sickness
Silence
Simplicity

Field

Belladonna.

Sweet

Sincerity

Brier.

Mouse-

eared ChickweecL
Fern. Honesty. Sa-

Slander

tin Flower.
Spider Oplirys.
Lounge.
Snake's

Sleep
Smile, a

Burning Nettle.
^^^lite Poppy.
Sweet William.

Snare

Catchfly.

Solitude

Lichen.
Heath.
Nightshade.
Purple Hyacinth-

Skill

Dragon

Plant.

Sorcery

Sorrow
Sourness
Spleen
Splendour

Tendrils of climbing

Time

Pitch Pine.
White
Poplar.
Amaryllis. Marvel of
Peni.
Ox-Eye Daisy. Lau-

plants.

Timidity

Token, a

restina.

Touch me not

Anemone.

Simplicity, ingenuous. Blaebeny.

Ties

Burdock.
Tranquillity
Maidwoit. Stonecrop
Tranquillize my anxiety
Christmas Rose.
Transient impression.. Withered White Rose.
Transient love
Spiderwort.
Transport of joy
Cape Jasmine.
Treachery
Bilberry.
Truth
...White
Chrysanthemum. Bitter Night
Shade.

Unanimity

Phlox.

Unbelief
Uncertainty

Judas Tree-

Unchangeable

Globe Amaranth.

Unconscious
Unfortunate

Convolvulus.

Red Daisy.
attach-

ment

Barbeny.

Mourning

Bride.

Unfortunate love

Scabious.

Union

Lancaster Rose.

Unity

White and Red Rose

Sport

Fumitory.
Austurtium,
Scarlet
Nasturtium.
Hyacinth.

Stability

Cresses.

Uselessness

Steadfast piety

Wild Geranium.

Stoicism

Box.
Walnut.

Stratagem...

dowsweet

Fennel Cedar Tree.


Scarlet
Geranium.

Strength
Stupidity

Almond
Submission
Success crown
wishes
Succour

Grass.

together.

Diosma. Spirte Hj'pericum Frutex. Mea-

Tree.

Harebell

your
Coronella.
Juniper.

Utility

Grass.

Variety

China Aster

Mundi

Rose.

Ray

Vice
Victory
Virtue

Palm.

Virtue, reward of

Crown made of

Vivacity
Volubility
Voraciousness

Darnel

Grass.

Mint.
Roses.

Superstition

St.

Surprise

lietony.

Susceptibility

Passion Flower.

Vulgar-minded

Houseleek.
Abecedaiy.
Lupine.
African Marigold.

Suspicion

Champignon.

War

Milfoil

room.
Balm. Thrift.
White Pink.

Warlike trophy

Sympathy

Indian Cress.
turtium.

Wannth

Peppermint
Moschatel Crowfoot
Musk.

John's Wort.
Truffle.

Mush-

Talent
Taste
Tears

Scarlet Fuchsia.

Temperance

AziUea.

Temptation
Thankfulness

Apple.

Weakness

Helenium.

Nas-

Widowhood

Sweet Sultan Flower.


Sweet Scabious.

Winning grace

Cowslip.

Quince.

Agrimony.

York Rose.

SENTIMENTS, AND THE FLOWERS WHICH REPRESENT THEM.


Wisdom

Mulberrj- Tree.
Foxglove.
Lychnis.
Meadow

Wish, a

Wit

Ragged Robin.
Wit, ill timed
Witchcraft

Wild

Woman's

Caniation. Carnation
Pink.

Sorrel.

Xightsliade.

love.

Woodroot

Worth, modest

St. John's Wort


You are a prophet
Mountain PinkYou are aspiring
Hortensia.
You are cold
Ebony.
You are hard
Mundi Rose,
You are memYou are my divinity...American Cowslip.
You are rich in attrac-

tions.

You

Garden Ranunculus.

occupy
thoughts

Pansy. Purple Violet

You please aU
Currants.
You will be my death..Hemlock.
image

giaved on

is

en-

my heait.Spindle

Tree.

Your looks freeze me..Ficoides.


Your presence revives

me

Rosemary.

Your presence

my
Your

pain
purity

softens

MUkvetch.
equals

Orange Blossom.

yotir loveliness

Your

my

You

qualities sui-p^ss

your charms.
Youth, early
Youthful love
Zealousness

Mignionette.
Primrose.
Red Catchfly

Red Rosebud-

Zest

Lemon.

You are young and


beautiful

Flora's BelL

sion.

Your

23

Flower.

Queen's Rocket
Dame Violet

are the queen of

coquettes

You have no claims.. .Pasque


You make no preten-

Elder.

DIAL OF FLOWERS.

TIME OF CLOSr>-G.

TIME OF OPEXntG.
Yellow Goat's Beard

H.

M.

3.

5.

Bristly Helminthia

Late Floweiing Dandelion

4.

0.

Alpine Agathyrsus

Helminthia

4.

5.

Alpine Borkhausia

Alpine Borkhausia

4.

5.

Late Flowering Dandelion

Wild Succoiy

4.

5.

Creeping Mallow

Naked-stalked Poppy

5.

0.

Proliferous Pink

5.

0.

Mouse-ear Hawkweed

Smooth Sow Thistle

5.

0.

SmaU

Alpine Agathyrsus

0.

Purple Sandwort

Small Bindu-etd

Hristly

Copper-coloured

Day

Lily

Purslane

Maiy gold

5.

6.

Field

Nipple AVort

5.

6.

Afiican Maiygold

Dandelion

5.

6.

Small Bindweed

4.

6.

7.

Spotted Achyrophorus

4.

7.

0.

Willie

Garden Lettuce

7.

0.

Naked-stalked Poppy

African Marygold

7.

0.

Copper-coloured

Common

7.

8.

Wild Succory

8.

8.

Common
Common

Spotted Achyrophonis
\\Tiite

Water Lily

Pimpernel

Water Lily

Day

5.

Lily

7.

0.

7.

8.

Mouse-ear Hawkweed

8.

0.

Common

Proliferous Pink

8.

0.

Yellow Goat's Beard

Field Marygold

9.

0.

Chickweed

Purple Sandwort

9.

10.

Small Purslane

9.

10.

Garden Lettuce

10.

Creeping Mallow

9.

10.

Small Sow Thistle

IL

Chickweed

9.

10.

Small Purslane

11.

Common

Dandelion

Nipple Wort

9.
9.

10.

^r^fa;r^-

The

poetic sentiments in

tlie

following pages are chiefly original; those that

have been selected are usually from sources not attainable

and

will,

we

think, be as

most

flowers

is,

Where

authorities differ,

in

The study
natural, that

cases, that

of flowers
it is

new

as they are appropriate.

which has been established by popular acceptance.

we have
is

mass of readers,
The language of the

to the

followed our

so interesting,

hardly necessary to

own

taste.

and their connection with poetry

commend any work

notice of the cultivators or the lorers of flowers.

so

of this class to the

THE

POETRY OF FLOWEHS,
-^

And

ACACIA, YELLOW.

years

mny

roll,

and time may mar

The beauty of thy brow.


But thou, however distant
Wilt be

SECRET LOVE.

From
Thou,

My

like a star-flower in the wood.

Thy modest charms

Shall

art hiding

And

is

not,

it

and

far,

now.

its

stains refined.

deep and pare

bom

as these

of heart and mind,

endure

iu God's love abiding.

But thotigh the world observes thee

not.

In one fond heart thou'rt treasured

A uA

Passion
love

A= long

Content with humblv doing good.

as dear as

AMARANTH.

bright indeed must be the lot

or

this
is

That shares a love unmeasured.

plnnt there are

many

the Globe Amarai-.ih

The

species.

prettiest

fiowci-s red, unfading.

IMMOKTALITY.

ACACIA, ROSE.
Oh, not

Oh, not

Passion's words of fire

But better far such love


That never

as

the hue of thy roseate cheek.


rubies that smile and speiik

for the flash of thy glowing eye,

Nor the eloquent sound of thy

lo, others kneel before thy shrine

With

fi.r

Nor the dimpled

PLATOXIC LOVE.

Do

soft,

low sigh,

love thee, bright being of passion

and grace I

'Tis tha Boul, the sweet sou! in thy beautiful face.

mine.

Tlie sjiirit immortal, the

feels desire.

charm

that ne'er dies.

That from death and the gloom of the grave will

To pray

for thee at twilight hour.

To dream of thee

To

link thy

name

These make

my

It is this that inthrals

at night.

me and
:

me

thou unto

Art the embryo, only, of what thou shalt he;

with every flower-

For thy mortal

love's delight.

Ilalh an endless existence

10

shall Uie^

but the beauty

love

and progress above

arise

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

ANEMONE, FIELD.

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.


All sveet and holy dreams seem blent

Bless thy God, the heart

Within thy maiden heart

How

An

delicate in every lock.

In every thought thou

art

so frequent

Thy meek and


Thy low and

Thy

is

all

lonely

and

fr.rgot.

Dust and ashes mc.um

on thy cheek.

not

abandoned urn.

Where,

Bless

The blush

31

Him,

Joy from out

its

mercy brings

that Lis

withered things

quiet air.

iiRs. Case.

gentle accents, all

purity declare.

CAITDYTUFT.

CALYCANTHTJS.

a pretty garden flower, bearing clusters of small


wnite blossoms, and forms a very good border to a
flower garden.

lis is

Allspice.

I.VDIFFERKSCK.
COMP.^SSIO.V.

Take back
Thy

Thv name
They

is

heard in crowds

call thee

To

good and great

The brightness of the

So

much waste paper lying round


many withered herbs

So

o'er with flowers

I'm sure the very

Emblems of generous deeds


Thy

I've half resolved

A dozen of diflferent times.

fate.

Where'er thy pathway leads


it

bum them all

sunset clouds

Seems showered upon thy

They strew

thy flowers and billet-doux.

sonnets and thy rhymes

sight of them

My quietude disturbs.

heart profusely showers;

Oh, good and great

Worthy the

for eyer

be

Thou knowest

praise they yield to thee

Fur

well I

'Tis love alone gives

caro

little

gifts like these

from thee;

worth

to

such

And thou hast none from me.

CAMOMILE.
This plant has a white or yellow flower, and
loTed for its fragrance.

is

mucb

CANTEEBUEY BELI.
ACKN'OWLEEGME>"T.

ESERGT

!> .\DVERSITY.

Ah, must

Onwabd

Hath

earth's ceaseless

change

Trampled on thy heart ?


Faint not, for that

Soon

restless

time

die

That I

am

I tell
is

thee?

Well,

1 fear.

surely cast

thine,

Beloved, to the

and only

thine.

last.

range

will heal the smart.

Trust the future

The

will

Earth hath stronger, truer

I could not see thee, hear thy voice.


prore

Or look upon thy brow,

love.

Ifor fail to love thee tenderly

Uy
11

heart must break or bow.


.-

-^

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

36

(nwoii, un.iooej

ILOWERING RUSH.

My
Oit, there

And
all

is

solemn peace, and strength sublime,

holy fortitude,

and deep sweet

lip denies thee

love,

hopes above.

tempting wil.s-

while

it

smiles

In virgin libertv and peace


I will live out

rest,

its

me not with

Approach

CONFIDENCE IN HEAVEN.

human

liy

31y heart thall fix

In

my

mortal

lease.

our thoughts and visions of that clime

Where

dwell the spiriti of the

Wed and blest.

In eyery hue of gladsome be.iuty dre.t,

They come

across our hearts like gleams of

Fraught with amission,

Ii:;ht,

By glimpses of a

life

GERANIUM, SCENTED.

at God's high behest

mission to relieve our mental sight

where

all is

Leaves rose-scented.

Flosvers puiplish pink.

calm and bright.

PliEFERENCE.
Others may wear a gayer

FORGET-ME-NOT.
A very pretty, but minute

And

flower, growing by the

Colour, sky blue.

bivok-sides.

Each

TRUE LOVE.
CivK not

Dearer

Than
to

smi!e.

speak in richer tones

But ah

my

heart,

my

heart, the while.

spell save thine disowns.

me one word

to

of thine

that others speak

all

weary thought the love


Jty heart I lay upon thy shrine

That should be

Kor

tire

Thou
I

call'st so

For mind

Accept

it

ere

break.

it

are weak and sm.ill-

unmeet

like thine

I have love beyond

To

mine

fondly thine.

know my words

But

solely

thee of the shrinking dove

them

all.

GERANIUM, SILVER-LEAVED.

lavish at thy feet.

This has a beautiful silvery

Nay, heed

it

It

always comes
1

It

when thou

know not how

is

It

not

grief, or pain,

art here,

weep

Come back

or joy,

comes of love, may be

'Tis bliss to

or why.

Then do not thou the

for thee

Come

autumn wild

How

thou art

Forget

flower, of a deep bit

colour, with delicately fringed petals.

For, ah

And
Come

VIRGIN PRIDE.

Or
AixrsK and pure

vestal

my

oh come

back, and in

I rtrove in

veiT beautiful

The pMt

shall be

A cloud fore'er removed

spell destroy

GENTIAN.
A

leaf.

not, this foolbh tear

That trembles in mine eye

life shall

be,

flame from passion free

my

still

beloved.

vain to bid

its

early

the

welcome see

my

dream

heart

dream would not

thou wert

still its

depart.

theme.

back, r.nd never more shall doubt


cold distrust be

Mr heart

hath

And now

is

mine

cast tlicsc

demons

wholly thine.

out.

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

38

am

In holy liope and trust

resigiicci.

coming of a brighter Uay

I wait the

And though

Oh, bless that beaming bmilc

all

sorrow

We're friends cnce more together


well

my

comes

it

I will not

but thorns, and rocks, and scorchi

dust.

Lie all along

to

dispel

say fare-

melancholy way

Mrs. Sawyer.

Tet with a fervent heart and willine mind


I can look

up and

say,

am

resigned

HELIOTROPE.
Tcry sweet scented.
Turns toward the sun.

Flowers white, or faint purple.

HAWTHORN.
DEVOTIOX.
Flowers white.

Berries scarlet.

Ah

And

would
let

fit

for long, long hours.

my

thee read

heart

Greek, and poetry, and floweis.

Its

And words cf cunning art


And never think, with all thy
Hove
Dark

o'er us

That thou couldst make

on, hope ever!

now the

clouds cf grief are brooding.

Hoarsely the stresmlcts

murmur

at

our

To study

feet

Bright birds of song, our eager gia?p eluding.

Far from our


But oh

The

And

tree of loye

not yet,

feryent

my

and

Are mysteries
That

hope of sunshine and of joy

may come

all

From

to giievc us,

But

Let there be one thing grief can ne'er destroy

Hope

I,

on, hope everl

secret leaves

books would

fail

yes

still

I,

receives

thee there.

with simple pride.


;

Here, take this sentence for thy guide


love for

God and thek

HIBISCUS.
A

is

its

mind

HAZEL.

kind of Mallow.

known to children for its sweet, palatThe shrub itself is green and pretty.

well

able nut.

so rare.

the aid thy

Could soon explain the key

ify

This shrub

skill.

plain

o'er again.

Deep graved upon

life retreat.

gentle friend, shall leave U3

whatsoe'er of wrong

it

For something thou wouldst End there

Flowers white and purple, or

faint straw-colour

and purple.

DELICATE BEAUTY.
RECOXCILIATIOX.
Seek

for beauty if thou wilt.

But mark the quality not that which shines


;

Wk have been friendly


Oh,

let

us nurse the smothered spark,

once more

warm and
in

my

till it

be o'er;

shall blas;e

From human face divine, and gains applause


From gaping starers that which fools admire.

And
;

as once

you deemed,

its

grasp

is

seek no other; but that higher kind

"Which earth not only approbates, but heaven.


Pure, bright,

true.

heart a gushing fount of love

for you.

all

Here, take this hand

And

together it cannot

still

springs

celestial

BSAITV OV HOLINESS

beauty of the soul

J. G.

Ada us.

-^

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

4-2

If but

LAUREL, MOimTAIN.

ungenerous thoughts prevail

"When thou her bosom wouldst

Thou

me

callest

idle all the

By any

the glorious

Then thou the Moon


For

fame

L'uless conferred

sliilt

I've

on

assail,

While tenderness and warmth do

AMBITION.

HOPFMA

C. F.

Sun
be

ne'er.

chance, t'ward thee appear

won,

Ibee.

LICHEN.
1

only covet darling light,


Tliat

And

may

see thee shine;

DKJF.CTIOX.

gladly bide myself from sight,

To leave the world

all

thine

WOULD

not stay for ever here.

In this sad world of care and pain

Then think not

I forget thee, love.

Though high my
Not mine the

won

it,

course

may

be

laurel reath they've

love, for thee

would not have

my

Or give

wove

I long to close

my

Recline

Upon

rest

LEMON BLOSSOM.
A

native of

warm

climates.

thoughts to earth again.

my

tearful eyes.

weary, aiching head

the couch where

And

linger on,

life

all is

peace.

among

the early dead.

Inwove with many a darkening thread

Flowers small, pink.

The texture

How vain

How more

DISCKF.TIOX.

of

were

my

life

appears

all its sweetest

than bitter were

hopes.
its

tears

Miss M. A. DoDD.
'Trs better, far, than beauty, or the grace

That captivates the

eye, that sober

charm

Of thine, which o'er thy words and deeds


Keeps constant

vif;il:ince.

A steward,

thou.

LILAC, PURPLE.

Faithful to the beat riches of thy soul

And he who
'Mid

puts his trust in one like thee,

all his cares will find

unbroken

Too

well

known

to

need description.

Flowers purple

rest.

FIRST EMOTION' OF I.OVE.

LETTUCE.

How sweet and

rapturous

'tis

to feel

Ourselves exalted in a lovely soul

k common garden

vegetable.

Flowers greenish uhii

To know our

joys

Our

fears

Our

sufferings

make glow

do tremble

ariother's cheek.

in another's heart.

bedew another's eye

COLD-IIKARTED.
As the

What

matters

Which

all

the nobleness

in her breast rcsideth.

And what

the

Her mien

warmth and

tenderness

of coldness hidcth,

SCIIIM.ER.

By
So

little

floweret hideth

the woodland stream.

in youthful hearts

Love's

fiist

abideth

witching dream.

Miss

J.

A. Fletchfk.

44

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

MIGNONETTE.

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.

NIGHTSHADE.

4o

48

THE POETRY OP FLOWERS.

THE POETRY OP FLOWERS.


EOSE, AUSTRIAN.
Leaflet fine,

riowers small.

49

THE POETRY OP FLOWERS.

50

EOSE, FULL RED.

STAR OF BETHLEHEM.
Root bulbous.

Flowers white, six-petalled, with

calyx.

Tnv

how

looks

lovelv

and thy face

So eloquent with mental grace

Thy motions
As zephyrs

Thou

are as light and free

o'er a

summer sea

art, in truth,

Thy words

And none

Sham, we
;

so gay, thy steps so wild

Without some glow akin

Approach the

to love

love,

and

likeness of the

failh sincere.

Son of God

His Life

move

can see thee speak or

not follow where His feet have trod.

And, by an humble

a wayward child,

is

with us, and his quickening Word,

Shall these be hidden from our daily

sij;ht.

Or only 'neath the temple's arches heard.


Or dreamed of

Oh no

SCABIOUS, SWEET.

By

in tlie still, inactive night ?

His holy lessons shall be learned

way-^ide coiuiings in our daily walk

And,

When

as the hearts of his disciples

So shall

By

burned

listening, as they journeyed, to his talk

be thrilled, our

ottr hearts

s.

subdued.

uls

the deep wisdom of his gentle .speech.

Until with light, and peace, and love imbued,

Ah,

fare-thee-weil, thou loved

For deaih

is

To the young
Tinge

at

leaf

all its

mr

he^rt

and worshipped one!

such death as

when autumn

frost

its rest

divine we reach.

steals

and sun

reins with beauty which conceals

'Neath radiant dyes the wasting of

So shall

Hi^ kingdom and

irs

heart.

STONECROP.

too in quiet smiles depart.

TRAXQUILMTT.

SNOW

BALL.

Tiiou

Than

rirt

more

in thy gayer hours,

Its

Some aching wounds.

TnOUGHT.S OF IIEAVEX.

deem,

blest, I

though gri.f haih

surgeon hand upon thy

l.id

heart, :ind loft

Oh, truly blest alone

Are they ho by tho wondrous deeds of lime,


Gentle or stern, have learned the holy peice
'Tio

To be subdued

By

at times

Which

good

the heart

is

wooed

these pure impulses to purer things.

Cherish within your soul whatever brings

Moments

of sweet

Joy hath

its

dwells with

d'-eper love

God

from Him

who have be mi taught

love

to se.k

more pure

human

And

firm than that which dwells in

And

throws a transient glory o'er the

hearts.

eartli.

communion with high thought


Peace with thee

With gentler

And
Your

mini

tries,

bU-ssiu-s.

but griefs are


Let them

fr.-iught

come in

soft

tender eloquence, and bear aloft


faith

on the white spirit-wings of prayer.

Make'

With
Yet

its

its

abiding

F.iith,

With

all

home

consuming

and though the world,

pleasures,

com.

not h'Te,

and Hope, and Charity are

their sweets.

Such peace

Can neither give nor can

it

thine,

as theirs, this

take away.

world

; !

52

THE POETRY OF FLOWERS.


TULIP, YELLOW.

The charms

of nature thrill thy soul.

For nature's on true child thou art

And

HOPELESS LOVE.

In
I

CAv.voT rf-proach thee!

On

wound

the vroTd that would


of thine

Wert thou
The

wave? of earnest feeling

mali-on rest
those kind feelings

VERNAL GRASS.

cohicr thnn snow on Monadanock's crest,

star of

roll

music through thy heart.

ceaseless

my

love on thy spirit should shine.

POOR BIT HAPPY


Yet thou

A
Jt is

not as thou lov'dst

hath arisen,

clouil

well

me

lorest

d passed o'er the

a-

Way God bless thee,

So the sun but gild

me of rore

Uiee, I

Mex

us poor

it

A mid the gay and

li_lit.

dear friend, evermore

call

We feel

it,

may be

true

glittering

crowd

though our wants aie few.

Vet envy not the proud.

can welcome the night.

The

freshness of love's early flowers.

Heart-sheltered through long years of wani


Pure hopes and quiet joys are ours.

That wealth could never grant.

W. H.

oh speak soothingly.

SPF.ATt kindly,

To him whose hopes are

Whose

blessed trust iu

Was

early, early lest

For wearily
Drags

Oh,

let

Fall on

VERONICA.

lore

FIDELITY.
1

There

lore depart

balm of gentle

tliL-

crossed,

human

how wearily

life, if

the

And

smitttn heart

strung

fitly

tones of

mine

those few cherished souls

dare, dear fiieiui, to

among,

number

thine.

gladly, wilh true sympathy.

Where

And

bid

Angels att<nd thee

want's pale victims pine.


life's

nobkr

instincts

Should wait on one

bind

Tet sever not that chain

May

their wings

For only bright and loving things

Along their pathway shine.

Alan's

Fan every shadow from thy brow

sweclest smiles again

Oh, heavily doth poverty

are some spirits

To echo back the

wortls

Co

Bt:ni.EiGn.

so

good

as ihou.

to cast

sadiler on the m::id.

l.s.

VIOLET, BLUE.

C'AMl

FAITHFULNESS.

VERBENA.

Oh, shame may come upon thy name.

And want and


SEXSITIVESKSS.

But Ihou

Think eye

Thy

Thy

at others'

lip at others'

sorrow weeps.

joy looks gay;

heart's deep fount of feeling keeps

In gentle, yet perpetual play.

will

suffering

wilt find

For love

like

me

still

dim

thine eye

the same

mine can never

die.

be thine through weal and woe.

Through days of joy and sorrow's night;

Uy faith like morning's beams shall glow,My love shall be thy quenchless light.

THE GETTY CENTEf?

UBRARY