On a rainy Wednesday, I found my way to the bookstore and almost by magic, I found Floriography a few days before it was announced to come out. I immediately brought it back home. There is something so fascinating about the Victorians and their own fascination with the natural world. It feels like magic to think about all the different hidden meanings they bestowed upon flowers. A bouquet becomes a whole conversation, a lone flower becomes a statement.
Jessica Roux brings this forgotten language of flowers back to the modern days with this richly illustrated guide. The first part of the book is for individual flowers, while the second one covers bouquets. What makes this a unique guide is the beautiful illustrations that accompany each entry.
Roux’s style of illustration is so detailed and delicate. Each plant is highly recognizable while still being in her clear drawing style. The soft and faded colours give this book a rainy day and cozy feeling that is a clear homage to all romantics.
What I really like about this guide is how easily information can be found. Instead of including an alphabetical index of flowers, Roux created an index of meanings. This makes looking for a specific flower to gift so much more easier. In fact, this book was clearly thought out to be used: the size is perfect to make it an everyday desk companion, while also being so beautiful that you’ll want to display it on your coffee table. As I’m doing research on plant folklore this book as already earned its place as a great reference book. Each description is clear and concise and includes information from mythology to explain the meanings of each flower. Roux also includes different combinations of plants to enrich the meaning of each flower. For example, clematis stands for ingenuity and cleverness, but when paired with mistletoe it shows how “your clever problem-solving will overcome challenge.”
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves flowers. It is the perfect reference book for someone who has a flower garden or who loves making bouquets, but also makes for a relaxing read and a great flip-through book to leave around your house.