Monday, April 1, 2013

5. In the language of flowers

Looking for something enchanting to read? Try this book by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers.
The story starts strong and develops beautifully. There is a dark chapter that may have been inevitable, and I just might have skipped it over had I known that the curve goes upward instead of spiraling further down. I know, I know, this makes no sense to you now. It will when you've actually read it, I just don't want to give it all away.

The story is actually about the language of flowers, so much so that there's a dictionary in the end of the book. The dictionary translates as it were, a flower into our language. So a pansy would be "think of me" and parsley "festivity" and lily of the valley "return of happiness". When you make a flower arrangement of those three, there is a complex message to be read (of course only if you both speak the same language of flowers...) The iris on the book cover means: This is a message.

A dear friend was having her birthday, so I had this bouquet put together for her.

Not only pretty to look at, but it reads a special message. Clear as day, if you can read it. In order it to be legible I gave her the book as well. I wonder if she succeeded?


  1. What a thoughtful present to give. Has she figured it out yet?