All over the world women wear flowers in their hair. It is the oldest and most natural adornment. With their scent and their fragile
beauty flowers can transform simple hair styles into adorable and even breathtaking creations. But they are not only beautiful, they
also tell messages.
The language of flowers goes back thousands of years. Each culture had its own meanings attached to the tender plants. In Europe the
art of wearing flowers became very popular in the time of Queen Victoria, in the late 1800’s. Then each flower had a meaning expressed
by the way it was held, given or put into a vase. Everything was coded, down to the color of the vase.
Some decades later the flower children in the 1960s rediscovered flowers to show their connection to nature, as a symbol for love,
innocence and divine beauty.
Today flowers are still worn for weddings, for traditional spring and harvest celebrations all around the world, men wear roses or
carnations in their lapels on festive events and what would a prom night be without a flower corsage around the wrist.
In the islands of the South Pacific a single flower behind the right ear suggests that the lady is still single. Is the flower behind
the left ear, suitors beware - a jealous husband of boyfriend may appear. Plumeria and fragrant gardenias are often the blossoms of
choice, but you’ll also find hibiscus flowers or the small but heavenly scented tuberose.
You can find your own secret language! Get creative and don’t limit yourself to what you find in your garden. Check out the local craft
store for silk flowers, that look like the real thing, but they never wilt or fade away.
To keep the flowers, real or silken in place it is best to use bobby pins or hair clips. You can also get crafty and hot-glue your
favorite artificial blossoms to barrettes or decorative combs.
Some meanings of flowers:
Daisy - innocence and purity
Gardenia - secret love
Camellia - gratitude
Ginger - strenght
Tuberose - forbidden pleasures
Hibiscus - delicate beauty, sensitivity
Red rose - passion, love
Pink rose - friendship, admiration, happiness
Apricot rose - desire, admiration, modesty
White rose - purity, secrecy, spiritual love
Jasmine - Sensuality
Yellow carnation - disappointment, rejection
Spider Flower - “run away with me”
Violet - modesty, faithfulness