Friday, October 01, 2010

October cheer

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The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The "Language of Flowers" therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Calendula (Marigold). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.

The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Calendula, so favored during the Victorian era was "My thoughts are with you".

language of flowers from...

our first kiss
scent of bay leaves
--gillena cox

My husband's birthday is October 16th; i'm publicly wishing my husband, Anthony Cox, all God's blessings; as he curves into his 62nd birthday


Lorraine said...

beautiful and enchanting, and your absolute lovely poem, happy birthday to your Husband! I wish him, you x

Dianne said...

scent of bay leaves.
so fresh in your mind.
happy celebration of the day he was born, and present with the world!

Adelaide said...

Lovely, Gillena.


Frieda said...

What a lovely post, Gillena.
Once again I learned something new from you...

Gillena Cox said...

Lorraine what an absolutely nice thing to say;

Dianne love is keeping it fresh through the passage of time :)

Thank you for the visit Adelaide

Frieda thank you for the appreciation

much love

Crafty Green Poet said...

Happy birthday to your husband!

Gillena Cox said...

Juliet thank you for dropping in and the greeting you left fot Tony

much love

Devika Jyothi said...

Lovely, Gillena :)

Birthday Greetings to your husband, as well,


Gillena Cox said...

Hi Devika, a happy Sunday to you; and; thank you the greeting you left for Tony

much love

John McDonald said...


Gillena Cox said...

John thank you for stopping by

much love

Anonymous said...

The "Language of Flowers" ... how sweet it is! Thank you for the background history, dear Gillena.

Love the haiku for your hubby! I'm imagining the story behind the "scent of bay leaves."

Ancient Greeks and Romans attributed magical properties to the bay leaf, long known as a symbol of honor, celebration and triumph.

Beautiful Birthday to your hubby and many more!!

Magyar said...

__I had never heard of the language of flowers... and again I will learn more, and thanks you!
__Tony... I wish you a very special and happy birthday; you too, are a lucky man!
__Best wishes!

Gillena Cox said...

Dark moon, magyar; thanks for your appreciation

much love

Yes said...

Love your poem for your husband--so evocative--I know that scents can bring back an entire place and time for me!
Thanks for visiting my blog--I'm so pleased to make your acquaintance!

Gillena Cox said...

Firebird thank you for dropping in; thank you for your appreciation
much love

Ralf Bröker said...

Dear Gillena,

as far as I remember you told here that your husband has left your family long time ago. When he is the man, you congratulate, your heart is very wide.

When he is the man you live together with now, I say: "Happy birthday, happy man!"

When the whole memory is just a burn-out-syndrom of my mind, I am very sorry (but up to now I have got this impressive story of yours in my brainzone ;-).

Best wishes

Gillena Cox said...

Cheers, thank you for dropping in and letting me know your thoughts

much love

Famiboo said...

Belated but straight from the heart, I wish your husband a very Happy Birthday Gillena! May the Bayleaves never wither for you two!