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The Language of Flowers Gift Book [Hardcover]

Mandy Kirkby , Vanessa Diffenbaugh
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Oct 2011

'A flower is not a flower alone; A thousand thoughts invest it'

All over the world, flowers are an integral part of human culture whether it is the perfect table centre for a wedding, a beautiful bouquet for a birthday, a message of thanks, or to pay one's respect at a funeral. But, while everyone knows that red roses signify love, few may realise that an entire language of flowers exists with every bloom, folliage and plant having a particular emotion attached, be it hazel for reconcilliation, wisteria for welcome or ivy for fidelity. This unique language was created by the romantic early Victorians who carefully planned every bouquet and posy so as to deliver a desired message. Bringing the language to a new generation, this beautifully illustrated miscellany contains fifty profiled flowers, a dictionary searchable by emotion, and ideas for creating bouquets and arrangements for specific occasions. This gift book is a novel present that any flower lover will want to own.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230759637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230759633
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Illustrated in the style of a Victorian guide to flowers, this is a delightful little book concerning itself with the allegorical meanings ascribed to flowers, and snippets of Romantic literature where these allegories can be found. A must for lovers of flora and poetry alike.' --Woman's Weekly

About the Author

Mandy Kirkby is an editor and flower enthusiast. Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the writer of the internationally bestselling novel The Language of Flowers.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous gift book in best Victorian tradition 10 Dec 2011
By BLehner
A red rose means love, everyone knows that. How about Canterbury Bells or Mistletoe then? Most people know that flowers convey certain feelings and while we still revert to a floral language by giving flower bouquets on special occasions, much of the meaning behind the individual flowers has been reduced to a very limited and generalized one since Victorian times.
Mandy Kirkby presents a wonderful book with The Language Of Flowers: A Miscellany, the official companion to the novel of the same title by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Enveloped with beautiful illustrations and poetry, you learn about the meaning and history of fifty different flowers. Short and crisp the author introduces each flower in a perfect blend of information and fascinating references of how a certain flower makes an appearance in certain books, poems, or even paintings. An emotional dictionary and the suggestions on composing posies for specific occasions such as courtship, births, or funerals round off this miscellany.
Just like similar books were meant for the coffee table, to be studied and indulged in, in Victorian times, this adorable book has invited me more than once to browse in it since first reading it. If you've ever been fascinated by flowers and their meaning, I can only recommend this lovely compendium. It goes without saying it also makes for a lovely gift to a good friend. Just don't forget to include a freesia when you present it!
In short: A gorgeous gift book in best Victorian tradition!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pan MacMillan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight! 4 Jun 2012
By Reikijo
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I bought this book for my sister-in-law and my daughter and they both love it! My daughter says she now knows why her Grandad put yellow roses on her Grandma's grave - you'll have to read the book to find out why!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 6 Feb 2014
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Beautiful book inside and out, it has a lovely vintage feel to it. I bought it as a gift for a friend and she loved it. Now I just need to buy a copy for myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Present 10 Jan 2014
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As this was a present for someone I am unable to comment personally, but the person who received this gift was very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book !!! 16 Aug 2013
By Talana
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Beautiful cover,detailed and interesting descriptions of flowers ! I am so happy I bought this !
Actually, it is hard for me to understand why people who sells flowers does not know what their flowers means, a bit of the flowers history and also maybe even a bit of their meaning in folklore.
I would like them to tell me what flower to buy to what person - but usually the only thing they know besides how to treat the flowers, is that red roses means love.
I love flowers - the Water Lily being my favorite :) This lovely book tells me a lot of what I wanted to know :) To all you who are like me and just wanted to learn more, and also to all of you who are in the flower buisness - this book will teach you a lot! Buy it, and amaze your friends, or/and your customers with your knowlegde :)))
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 23 Jan 2013
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The book is excellent and it arrived promptly after payment. It makes an lovely gift to someone else or for yourself. Excellent service!
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