In the last two weeks I have picked flowers for so many occasions. It has caused my mind to wander about the gift of flowers. I can think of no other gift that is appropriate for congratulations, and commiserations, to celebrate and to encourage. We use them in weddings and funerals. They are given to celebrate birth and to sympathise in death. Flowers say "I love you", "I'm sorry" and "Thankyou". They say "Welcome Home" and "Goodbye". I find it quite amazing!
A friend recently passed on a book called "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was a great read! It is based on the Victorian idea of expressing thoughts and feelings through the gift of flowers. The Victorians had a very sophisticated flower language. I want to do some more exploring in this area now - I've been inspired! At the back of the book was a paraphrased list of flowers and the meanings assigned to them through this floral language. Of course, I was keen to look up Protea, and was really surprised by its meaning.