Have you ever heard of tussie mussies? This is an old tradition of giving specific bouquets of flowers each with their own special meaning. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion.
What are Tussie Mussies
The phrase “tussie mussie” comes from a medieval word that means "sweet posy." Originally, they were fragrant, floral nosegays carried by both men and women to help mask foul odors and protect themselves from disease.
Plants such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, and sage were specifically used during the plague because of their disinfectant properties, as well as for their strong fragrance.
Eventually, tussie mussies became part of floriography, the art of sending messages by flowers. By the late 18th century and throughout the Victorian Era, tusssie mussies had gained in popularity, so much so that antique floral dictionaries were handed down from Mother to Daughter as a means of teaching them this very important social grace.
Meanings of Flowers
The language of flowers aka Floriography is a nice bonus as part of any floral arrangement or plant gift. You can find more flower meanings from many articles online such as The Farmer's Almanac and Good Housekeeping 1-800-Flowers and Bloom and Wild. Here are few that I like.
|Red Carnations||My Heart Aches For You|
|Iris||Your Friendship Means So Much to Me|
|Lilies||Purity and Refined Beauty|
|Pink Tulips||Perfect Love|
If you must buy roses here are some of their meanings by color:
- Red = I love you
- White = Innocence
- Pink = Grace
- Yellow = Joy
On this Valentine's Day, instead of a dozen red roses, consider giving someone you like, or love, a tussie mussie with flowers, handpicked for their meaning. Since most of us do not have a floral dictionary, tuck in a card to explain the special meaning of your bouquet.