The Secret Language of Flowers (O)

The Secret Language of Flowers (O)

The List of Flowers:

  1. Oak Leaves- (An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus, of which about 600 species exist on earth. The genus is native to the northern hemisphere, includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cold latitudes to tropical Asia and Americas. Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with a lobed margin in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with a smooth margin. The flowers are catkins, produced in spring. The fruit is a nut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6–18 months to mature, depending on species. The live oaks are distinguished for being evergreen, but are not actually a distinct group and instead are dispersed across the genus.)  Meaning: Courage. “Do not despair; love will find a way.”
  2. Oleander- ( Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae,  toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerum. . It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive Oleo, but has many other names. It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin, perhaps in southwest Asia, has been identified. Oleander is one of the most poisonous of commonly grown garden plants, and can be very toxic if ingested in sufficient quantity. )  Meaning: Warning. “A false friend has betrayed our secret.”
  3. Orange Blossom- (It is unlucky to use these flowers except at a wedding) In ancient China the orange blossom has stood for purity, chastity, and innocence; hence, the   emblem of the orange blossom was always placed on the gowns of young brides to represent these virtues. This tradition moved westward into India and up to Persia which is present day Iran. Soldiers of the crusade brought back with them this flower and its meaning to their young blushing brides to be in Europe. The custom was first brought into Spain and then moved to France and England. The Spanish of course took their newly found custom to the new world with them and all of their colonies. Citrus sinensis, the scientific name for the orange blossom also became a symbol of fertility in the Victorian era because tree produces both fruit and flower same time.  Queen Victoria herself wore a wreath of orange blossoms on her wedding day. From then on everyone dutifully followed the example of Queen Victoria and used orange blossoms to accent their weddings. Unfortunately orange blossoms were incredibly expensive and oftentimes in short supply because of the demand. Women wore them in wreaths and other sorts of head garments. Orange blossoms were also placed alongside roses in bouquet. The delicate white flower seemed to be complimentary with all other sorts of flowers. Outside of headdress and flower arrangements some women would actually pin orange blossoms to their gowns. Meaning: Purity.  “Your pure innocence captivates my heart.”
  4. Orchid- ( Orchidaceae,  usually referred to as the Orchid family, is a morphologically diverse and widespread family of  dicots in the order Asparagales.. It is currently believed to be the largest family of flowering plants with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera. The number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. It also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants.) Meaning: Luxury. “I will make life sweet for you.

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