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LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS.
Besides the scientific relations which are to be observed in plants, flowers may also be regarded as emblematical of the affections of the heart and qualities of the intellect. In all ages of the world, history and fable have attached to flowers particular associations; consecrating them to melancholy remembrances, to glory, friendship or love. In oriental countries, a selam, or boquet of flowers, is often made the interesting medium of communicating sentiments, to which words are inadequate.
The authorities for the emblems here adopted, are “Flora's Dictionary,”. “Garland of Flora,” “ Les Vegeteux Curieux,” and “ Emblems Des Fleurs.” In a few cases, alterations have been made, in order to introduce sentiments of a more refined and elevated character, than such as relate to mere personal attractions.
Aloe. Religious superstition. Think not the Almighty wills one idle pang, one needless tear.
Amuranthus. Immortality. Unchangeable.
Asclepias. (Milk weed.) Cure for the heart ache. The miserable have no
Cardinal flower. (Lobelia cardinalis.) High station does not secure happiness.
Catch fly., (Lychnis.) I am a willing prisoner.
Columbine, red. Hope and fear alternately prevail.
That I should love a bright particular star,
And think to wed it. Geranium, fish. Thou art changed. Geranium, oak. Give me one look to cheer my absence. Geranium, rose. Many are lovely, but you exceed all. Hawthorn. (Cratægus.) Hope! I thee invoke ! Heart's ease. (Viola tricolour.) Forget me not. Hibiscus. Beauty is vain. Holly. (Ilex.) Think upon your vows. Hollyhock. (Althea rosea.) Ambition. Honeysuckle. (Lonicera.) I strive with grief. Fidelity. Hyacinth. Love is full of jealousy. Hydrangea. A boaster. Superior merit, when assumed, is lost. Houstonia cerulia. Meek and quiet happiness. Hypericum. (St. John's Wort.) Animosity. Jasmine. You bear a gentle mind. Amiability. Jonquil. (Narcissus.) Affection returned. Ipomæa. Busy body. Busy bodies are a dangerous sort of people. Íris. I have a message for you. Ivy. Vitis hedera.) Female affection. I have found one true heart. Laburnum. (Cytisus laburnum.) Pensive beauty. Lady's slipper. Cypripedium.) Capricious beauty. Larkspur. (Delphinium.) Inconstancy. Inconstant as the changing wind. Laurel. (Kalmia.) Oh what a goodly outside falsehood hath! Lavender. Words though sweet may be deceptive. Lemon. (Citrus lemonium.) Discretion. Prudence. Lilac. (Syringa.) First love. Lily, white. (Lilium candidum.) Purity. With looks too pure for earth. Lily, yellow. False. Light as air.
Lily of the valley. (Convallarin.) Delicacy. The heart withering in secret. Locust, the green leaves. Affection beyond the grave. Sorrow
ends not, when it seemeth done!
Mock Orange, or Syringa. (Philadelphus.) Counterfeit. I cannot believe one who has once deceived me.
Myrtle. (Myrtus.) Love.
Oleander. Beware. Shun the coming evil. In vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.
Olive. Peace. After a storm comes a calm.
Of holy love in its fountain deep. Pink, China. (Dianthus Chinensis.) Aversion. Though repulsed, not in despair.
Pink, variegated. Refusal. You have my friendship; ask not for more.
Poppy, red. Consolation. Let the darkness of the past be forgotten, in the light of hope. Poppy, white. Doom'd to heal—or doom'd to kill,
Fraught with good or fraught with ill. Poppy, variegated. Beauty without loveliness.
Primrose. (Primula.) Be mine the delight of bringing modest worth from obscurity.
Primrose, evening. (Enothera.) Inconstancy. Be not beguiled with smooth words. Man's love is like the changing moon.
Ranunculus. Flowers are beautiful, but do not, like mental beauty, delight the heart.
Rosemary. Keep this for my sake. I'll remember thee.
In maiden meditation, fancy free.”
Rose, wild. Simplicity. Let not your unsophisticated heart be corrupted by intercourse with the world.
Rose, cinnamon. Without pretension. Such as I am, receive me. Would I were of more worth, for your sake.
Sage. (Salvia.) Domestic virtues. Woman's province is home.
Scarlet Lychnis. (Lychnis chalcedonica.) I see my danger without power to shun.
Snapdragon. (Antirrhinum.) I have been flattered with false hopes.
Snow drop. (Galanthus.) Though chilled with adversity, I will be true to thee I am not a summer friend.
Sorrel. (Rumex.) Wit ill timed. He makes a foe who makes a jest.
And when 'tis kindled, ne'er can die. Spider wort. (Tradescantia.) The pledge of friendship, ’tis all my heart can give. Would'st thou then counsel me to fall in love?
Star of Bethlehem. (Ornithogalum.) Reconciliation. Light is brightest when it shineth in darkness.
Solidago. (Golden rod.) Encouragement.
Sumach. (Rhus.) Splendor.' Wealth cannot purchase love. Have you never seen splendid misery?
Sun flower. (Helianthus.) You are too aspiring.
Sweet William. (Dianthus barbatus.) Finesse. One may smile and be a villain. I cannot smile when discontent sits heavy at my heart.
Sweet pea. Departure. Must you go?
Stock gilly-flower. You are too lavish of your smiles. Thistle. (Carduus.) Misanthropy. O that the desert were my dwelling place!
Thorn apple. (Stramonium.) Alas, that falsehood should appear in such a lovely form!
Thyme. Less lovely than some, but more estimable. Tuberose. (Polyanthes Tuberosa.) Blessings brighten as they take their flight!
Tulip. Vanity. Thou hast metamorphosed me! This love has been like a blight upon my opening prospects.
Tulip tree. (Liriodendrum.) Rural life favourable to health and virtue.
Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
Wall flower. (Cheiranthus.) Misfortune is a blessing, when it proves the truth of friendship.
Weeping Willow. (Salix.) Forsaken. Ask not one to join in mirth whose heart is desolate.
Wood Sorrel. (Oxalis.) Tenderness and affection.
Bread fruit tree,
Acotyledonous plants, 38, 39, 129, 169, Botanical names, directions for pro-
nouncing them, 41.
their use, 194.
Botanical gardens, 311.
Botany, objects of which it treats, 19.
its departments, 19, 20.
Branching roots, 52.
Buds, 44, 54.
Bulb-bearing stem, 63.
Bulbous root, 55.
Calla, 264, 282.
Camellia japonica, 247.
Capsule, 116, 124.
Cat tail, 262.
Cellular tissue, 87, 141.
Characters used in classification, 172.
Charter oak, 301.
Chick weed, 261.
Classes of Linnæus, 29.
of Jussieu, 39.
of Tournefort, 164.
Classification of Ray, 315.
of Rivinus, 315.