You’re probably not going to believe this, but there’s a secret way of passing messages using . . . flowers! OK, I know, it’s not exactly 007, but the Victorians sent secret messages to their boyfriends and girlfriends by giving them a particular flower.
I only know this because I was recently sent some bunches of flowers to say ‘Get Well Soon’ . . .
So I googled ‘why we send flowers’ and discovered:
‘The secret language of flowers’
Which all sounds very romantic. But if you’re thinking of sending someone special some flowers – you might need to be careful. . .
A pink carnation says: I will never forget you.
But a yellow carnation means: disappointment and rejection.
Blimey, that could be a bit risky if you’re colour-blind.
The humble daisy says: I’ll never tell.
Ooooh . . . secrets!
But the clematis means: cunning and trickery.
Oooer! That sounds a bit dodgy!
A sunflower warns of: pride or false riches – but only if it’s a tall one.
If it’s a dwarf sunflower it means: adoration.
Oh, for crying out loud – how confusing is that!?
And don’t even ask about Hyacinths!
A blue one means: consistency, but a yellow one says: jealousy.
Whereas a purple one says: sorry, but a red or pink one means: joy.
BTW if anyone sends you a turnip it apparently says: charity.
Seriously? Who sends anyone a turnip!
Couldn’t find out which flower says: “My new book is out on Nov 5th” – but here it is anyway!