The Language of Flowers - Part I

This is the first of a new 4 part series where I'm looking in to the meanings and symbolism of various flowers and plants. This is a topic I've been interested in since I read the lovely book, The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and its something I try to keep in mind when making choices for my clients' branding and graphics.

Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-me-not illustration - The Language of Flowers - Bea & Bloom Creative Design Studio

I'm starting with a flower that featured in one of my recent branding projects. Forget-me-nots represent (among other things) true love and memories, which made them perfect for Kaytelyn of K.Hice Photography, a photographer with a passion for capturing memories that will last a life time for couples that re madly in love.

Other meanings for Forget-me-nots:
- Undying Love
- Rememberance
- Ever-lasting connection
- Fidelity & Loyalty through challenges

Forget-me-nots are also used as a symbol for helping those with Alzheimers, the poor, disabled and those in need.

The Greek term, Myosotis translates to 'Mouse's ear", which describes the shape of the flower's small petals. The name "Forget-me-not" originally came form the German term Vergissmeinnicht. There is also a German myth behind the flower, 

 

Daisies

Daisy illustration - The Language of Flowers - Bea & Bloom Creative Design Studio

Common white daisies with yellow centres are general associated with innocence and purity, while gerbera daisies symbolise cheerfulness. They are also associated with childhood and the centuries old playtime activity of making daisy-chains.

Other meanings for Daisies:
- New beginnings
- Ture Love
- Keeping secrets

Due to their appearance, daisies represent the sun in modern paganism, while in Victorian times, the Michaelmus daisy symbolised a farewell or departure.

The word daisy originated form an old English term which translated to (day's eye) due to the fact that they only open during the day time.

 

Cactus Flowers

Cactus illustration - The Language of Flowers - Bea & Bloom Creative Design Studio

The cactus and cactus flower represent endurance and strength due to their ability to stand the test of time against harsh conditions in the desert.

Other meanings for the cactus flower:
- Protection from danger
- Abstinence from physical contact
- Lust and attraction between two people
- Love and warmth between parent and child

Symbolism for the cactus flower is at complete opposites from one country to another. In many Western countries, it is seen as a symbol of chastity due to its spikes. Whereas in Japanese Hanakotoba, a cactus is given as a gift to portray a message of sexual attraction.

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