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A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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About the Author
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 am a horticulturalist who became fascinated by 'Rosemary & Thyme'---this book is only good for a novice gardener. You can find more info by googling. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Denise Twelkmeyer
Super interesting. Puts flowers in a new perspective and opens a window to the past.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
great book for those who love flowers, and it does not require you to read the language pf flowers, though it is a great bookPublished 1 month ago by Ikebana
This was a great companion to The Language of Flowers and full of interesting information.Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Chernik-Krueger
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Beautiful gift for my friend, who has a green thumb and truly loves flowers.Published 3 months ago by Maureen Coffey
i was looking for a book that would give a detailed description of what a flower/plant meant. I was delighted to see that it was just that, and even gave a beautiful drawn image of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa
So, I got this in the mail today and was pleasantly surprised. The book was brand new -- the spine made that delightful cracking noise when I opened it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel