The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography was a way of communicating in Europe in the 1800's and during the Victorian era. In the Victorian time the most popular flower was the rose, the meaning of love and it was almost always required for a flower arrangements. Following are other appropriate flower meanings, and it is said that knowing the meaning of floral language was as important as appearing well dressed in a public place: • Lavender _ luck, forgiveness • Marjoram _ blushes • Rosemary _ remembrance • Lilac _ love's first emotion • Orange Blossom _ chastity • Carnation _ pure love • Rose (white) _ innocent love • Rose ( red) _ passion • Rose ( pink) _ romantic love • Star_of_Bethlehem _ reconciliation • Witch Hazel _ a spell • Sweet Pea _ delicate pleasures • Ivy _ wedded love • Holly _ domestic happiness.
MEANINGS & USES _ The exact origin of the name Aster is debated. Some say the name for these beautiful flowers is direct from Greek mythology: Asters were said to have grown from the tears of the Goddess Asterea. Others say they were named for their abundant growing patterns (like the night sky) and their star_like shape. Asters have long been given to symbolize love, daintiness and afterthought. Gentlemen and ladies in the past used to present them to people they hoped to draw affection from. Placed on the graves of French soldiers, Asters were used as a symbol of a better life to come. They can also be used to symbolize a 20th Wedding Anniversary and are a wonderful gift in a bouquet for any occasion. The petals of the Aster used to be smoked to ward off evil serpents, but could also be used to help with headaches, colds, back pain and muscle spasms.