The secret language of flowers

Everything has meaning, everything! Even flowers. Do they know that?! Back in the Victorian times humans needed a secret way to communicate, especially in the love department, and they did that with flowers. So if flowers could speak... well they can!

The idea to do this piece came from Lilla Rogers MATS bootcamp. Thirteen flowers for the different regions of the world bootcampers live in. As an exercise we were to draw and letter our flower. California was in the forget-me-not region, but rather than stick to only one kind I picked nine from the list and went for a varied bouquet of shapes and meanings. 

Need a little love? Buy jonquils. Luck? Camelias. A welcome return to happiness? Lilly of the valley will get you there. Maybe add ferns to that bouquet for a dose of magic. Speaking of which, love at first sight is pretty magical and gloxinias will do the trick. With all this how can you not be always cheerful, like the coreopsis? You're not? Too shy to speak up about your love? Turn to acacia blossoms for concealed love. Or, perhaps you decide that being coupled up is overrated.. ok then bring single blessedness with the bachelor button. And whatever you do, forget me not!

Below are the real life flowers I used for inspiration, with their names and associated meaning. Victorians had dictionaries but nowadays it's listed on the internet. Sometimes the meaning varies depending on the site. The one I used was thelanguageofflowers.com.

Fern: magic

Fern: magic

Bachelor button: single blessedness

Bachelor button: single blessedness

Lilly of the valley: return of hapiness

Lilly of the valley: return of hapiness

jonquil: love me

jonquil: love me

gloxinia: love at first sight

gloxinia: love at first sight

camelia: good luck

camelia: good luck

coreopsis: always cheerful

coreopsis: always cheerful

forget me not

forget me not

acacia blossom: concealed love

acacia blossom: concealed love

Lilla's assignment was to create a journal cover. Here's what the journal would look like in real life.

But besides a journal cover, I thought this design could also make a nice piece of wall art so I made it twice as big (available in my shop). And I'll also have it at my show in a couple weeks