Language of Flowers - Middlemist

Language of Flowers

by Erin Jackman

Do you love finding out the hidden meaning of things? I do! Some examples are the color of tags used on loaves of bread. Did you know the color of the tag corresponds with the day the bread was baked. Or have you noticed how the O, U and R in the Tour de France logo creates the shape of a cyclist? The orange circle is the front wheel. 

Let’s go back further in time to the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era is so called because it was during the reign of Queen Victoria in England from 1837–1901. This time period is credited with the rise of Floriography, or the language of flowers. Cultures in Persia, Asia and the Middle East used flowers to share messages also, but it was during the Victorian Era that it took hold in western culture.

Bouquets in the Victorian Era were smaller and known as nosegays or tussie mussies. When a woman received one, she would incorporate it into her clothing. The placement on her body would signal her intentions. Over her heart meant love. Anywhere else meant friendship. 

It is debated if Victorian society truly used flowers as a form of communication. It seems to be more of a romantic notion than fact; however, the language of flowers was used in literature and art. During the Victorian Era books were published containing the meanings of flowers, plants and their colors. These books did not always agree on the meanings of all flowers and plants, but over time, and into today, I think there are enough general definitions that are accepted. Exceptions can be found with cultural differences. 

Each month I’ll do my best to highlight a flower or plant and its hidden meaning. It will likely correspond with whatever I am designing with that week. Feel free to message me with requests.



Middlemist is a boutique floral studio in Golden, Colorado focused on everyday luxury floral design.