Floriography - Iris & Stargazer Lily


The Floriography craze was introduced to Europe by two people: Englishwoman Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762), who brought it to England in 1717, and Aubry de La Mottraye (1674–1743), who introduced it to the Swedish court in 1727.

During the Victorian era and earlier bouquets were sent with specific flowers to send messages to the receivers. Specifically lovers - they  could not speak to each other privily so to express their love, flowers were sent back and forth. You could also send flowers to congratulate births, anniversaries, celebrating achievements and the wedding bouquet. 

A wedding bouquet is considered to bring happiness and satisfaction in marriage, while the ribbon with which the bouquet is tied symbolizes fellowship. A tradition of wearing decorations (usually made of the same flowers) on a groom's lapel first appeared in the Middle Ages.

Floriography is the language of flowers. 

Let’s learn the language of flowers so we can also understand why we appreciate and grow lots of them! 

Iris - Good News

perennials plants, growing for rhizomes that need to be split every couple of years. Iris grows really well in arid mountain, areas. I grew purple and blue iris while living in Colorado. Beautiful plants. Iris flowers have been symbols for flags, banners, the fleur de lis  is the emblem for the house of Capet. 


IRIS daughter of Thomas and the ocean nymph Electra & is the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger of the Olympian gods. ... For the coastal-dwelling Greeks, the rainbow's arc was most often seen spanning the distance between cloud and sea, and so the goddess was believed to replenish the rain-clouds with water from the sea.

Here are two other flowers that can go in a bouquet with Iris - 

SunFlower - Health & Sunshine

Chamomile - Courage 

This Bouquet could be saying  - Congratulations on your good health & wellbeing! 

Stargazer Lily - Abundance

Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume, blooming mid-to-late summer. ... The 'Stargazer' lily was created in 1974 by Leslie Woodriff, a lily breeder in California, to overcome this downward look. Woodriff called the new cross 'Stargazer', because the blooms faced towards the sky.

Here are two flowers that can go in a bouquet with StarGazer Lily -

Gladiola - Preparation

Astroemeria - Support

This bouquet could be saying - I wish you wonderful abundance, prosperity! 

Reference - Floriography - the Meaning of Flowers written by Rowan Blossom, Illustrated by Alice Tye

Have a wonderful week! Keep your heart open and aligned with the energy of LOVE! 

Auriel Grace


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