Let me tell you about a beautiful floral arrangement known by a funny name: tussie-mussie. Tussie-Mussie is a beautiful arrangement of flowers where one flower (commonly rose) is surrounded by fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and rue tied together tightly. Its actually a beauty. Such arrangement is still common in Weddings. Take a look at the picture.
During the Victorian Era, Tussie-Mussie were carried by the Judges into their courtrooms to protect against "goal fever". And even today, judges at England's highest court Old Bailey, follow this tradition by carrying a tussie-mussie into court six times a year.
Another peculiar thing related to these tussie-mussies is that they were carried close to the nose to ward off the stench in the streets and the plague!. Aromatherapy, it seems was invented here when people used to cover pungent herbs on the floors of homes to protect the gentlefolk from germs.
Tussie-musssie found a special place in Floriography & were even given to the intended by suitors at the beginning of a courtship.
Botany and related researches have always cached floriography with more ideas.
Let me give you a few examples of what flower stands for what meaning:
|clover (4 leaf):||happiness|
|lilac:||love's first emotions|
|marigold (African):||vulgar minds|
|poppy:||sleep and dreams|
|rose (white):||innocent love|
Lesley Bremness is a Garden designer who lists the meanings of all the flowers here. Just check these out and you will be amazed.
Shall bring more interesting facts in my next post.
Till then smell a rose ;)
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