In the mid┯th century Victorian England the tussie_mussie (small bouquet of flowers) were exchanged between Victorian sweethearts expressing secret love messages; a gift of a traditional Valentine flower unique and personal and very fashionable. Victorians considered a young lady to be cultured if she understood the study of flowers.
My love for nature, and particularly flowers, manifested itself from an early age. When I was in elementary school, I remember frequently picking up flowers from our garden in the morning, wrapping them in a newspaper and taking them to school, where I would use them to decorate our classroom. This was something that I did spontaneously, and it gave me so much joy!