It should not surprise to know that flowers have always played an important role in our history. When you read that in the opening of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian coffin researchers found dehydrated garlands of flowers, it is hard not to be amazed by this beautiful discovery.
Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans used foliage and flowers not only in everyday life but for religious rites or to celebrate a victory which could have been in sports, a poetic competition or military etc. Each occasion was adorned by a symbolic ritual able to add meaning and importance to someone’s life. Different cultures, different histories and traditions but a unique way to speak life. For centuries flowers have been celebrated in Medicine, Literature, Art and a complex language of flowers was making its way to the Victorian era thanks to the Ottoman Empire contribution. “The Language of Flowers”, “the Sentiment of Flowers”, “Forget Me Not” were examples of books or floral dictionaries that gained success and great curiosity in the Victorian age.
Being able to express a feeling, to communicate without saying a word was revolutionary in a period where speaking emotions was inconvenient. Times have now changed, communication is easier and faster, we do speak and we speak A LOT but at the same time good traditions have endured and I have the feeling that flowers can still speak a language that people are well willing to listen to. Turn up the volume, sense the colour, the fragrance, the touch, the personality. After centuries flowers are still there for you to enjoy their beauty.
Picture by Vincenzo De Santis