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A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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Mandy Kirkby is an editor and a flower enthusiast. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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In this book Mandy Kirkby gives us a list of familiar flowers with a short history of each while noting the characteristic Victorians attributed to a particular flower.
For example, the Dahlia's meaning is that of dignity. It became a coveted flower for Victorians, especially in its now familiar ball shape. Kirby writes that "an upright bloom with a tightly packed sphere of petals, sitting straight and composed on its sturdy stem-the perfect flower representation of dignity."
Each discussion of the book's fifty flowers begins with a drawing of the flower in bright colors and perfect form.
Kirby is careful to present the historical context for each flower, highlighting when it first arrived in England from Asia, Africa, or South America.
The few pages devoted to each flower read in an easy style that captures the importance of a particular flower for the nineteenth century Victorian period. Kirby includes verses of poetry and song of that time that only strengthen the flower's cultural importance.
A bonus to the book is the Foreword by Vanessa Diffenbaugh whose debut novel The Language of Flowers has now appeared in over thirty countries.
We still love flowers today of course for special occasions, holidays, and celebrations. Kirby presents a book that enlightens this ongoing fascination with flowers.
Read this book. You are sure to find your favorite flower.
In Samantha Gray's volume of the same theme and purpose, "The Secret Language of Flowers, many of the entries have different sentiments.Read more ›
The book took about 12 days to reach me. I was excited to flip through the first 50 illustrated flowers, but parts of their descriptions lacked something. Rather than learning about the poetic meanings behind the flowers, I was informed of rather boring practises that took place hundreds of years ago. My only complaint would be such. Other than that, I adore the flower dictionary and use it regularly.
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i love the story as well as the well dirven characters. i did nit even expected it to be this nice. i had a nice time reading it. awesoem buy indeed!Published 1 day ago by Virginia
It was perfect for my friend:) She makes essential oils and she loved the poetry and the meanings behind the flowers.
Saw an episode of rosemary and thyme in which they alluded to this book. My wife is into gardening and likes the stories behind the flowers.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Again a gift. I think the book is an amazing adventure in the meanings of flowers...lost art!Published 4 months ago by Pamela Dell
Super handy book if you are into plants and what they mean. I really enjoy reading this and I will continue to reread.Published 5 months ago by The Black Samurai