Flora! Illuminated… Day 15

Olive

Olive

Carol Lerner. Appeared in A Biblical Garden, 1982. Watercolor.

See there the olive grove of Academe,
Plato’s retirement, where the Attic bird
Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.

–John Milton
in Paradise Regained

Ever wonder what it means when a frienemy presents you with a bouquet of snapdragons? Delve into the fascinating world of the language of flowers! This “was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.” Examine (virtually, that is …) The Language of Flowers by John S. Adams published in 1847 and discover the meaning of the olive in the language of flowers!

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APPLE

Apple

BANANA

Banana

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemum

DANDELION

Dandelion

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus

FRITILLARIA

Fritillaria

GRAPES

HAWTHORN

IRIS

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

KOELREUTERIA PANICULATA

LILY

MAGNOLIA

NARCISSUS

OLIVE

PINE

QUERCUS

RHODODENDRON

SUNFLOWER

TULIP

ULMUS

VIOLET

WISTERIA

XYLOBIUM SQUALENS

YEW

ZINNIA

The Morton Arboretum

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