Flowers have been an important part of traditions and customs since ancient China, Greece, Egypt and Rome. It was believed that emotions could be most effectively communicated through the giving of flowers, not unlike today. The importance of flowers in ancient times can be seen in Greek mythology where certain flowers were believed to represent certain gods and goddesses.
The tradition of giving flowers to communicate emotions has passed down through the centuries. Today we find it alive and well as a thriving business.
Through time meanings have been assigned to individual flowers and their colors. The Victorians were masters at communicating emotions through flowers. This developed primarily because showing emotion with words was not considered good manners. An entire sub-language developed around the giving of flowers. So complicated was this sub-language that a book was written that detailed all the meanings and nuances around what and how flowers were given. The colors, the way they were arranged and even the manner in which they were given were all a part of that language.
Today the giving of flowers continues to be an important part of our cultural communication. While not as intense or as complicated as the Victorian language, we all know that certain flowers convey certain emotions better than others.
"Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Anne Herbert Give someone flowers today.