Floriography

Floriography

Pirrette Jovienne’s heart swelled with the mere thought of their would-be inamorata, Miette DuBois. They drowned her in gardens of red and blue and black and yellow, for there was no other object they thought of; no other source of joy; no other wonder in the world than their Miette, and they would never stop until they had her – no rejection of word or orange and white blooms would deter them. Neither the purples. Finally Miette gifted a single blossom to Pirrette (storytellers bicker about what color it was, but it has been so many generations that no one really knows) and the very moment the petals brushed Pirrette’s nose they fell dead to the earth, poisoned by the object of their admiration.” – An old folk tale

Floriography is the art of unspoken communication. The basic meanings of colors are universally understood, though there are occasional exceptions and messages can evolve and mature with elements such as artful inclusion of multiple colors or saturation (the deeper the color, the stronger the feeling). Flowers may be gifted to individuals, or may be left on doorsteps or dining tables as a message to the household (though these are hardly the only ways to gift them). If the recipient agrees with the message’s intent they may reciprocate by wearing or displaying the gift.

It is common in Luisant to display bouquets in celebration of holidays or simply as a form of self-expression. Those in need sometimes communicate it by wearing greenery (when green flowers can’t be found). If you see a bucket, an overturned hat, or another vessel by the road with green flowers, consider leaving a few coins for the unfortunate owner. All colors are nuanced, however, and those grieving loss or other sorrow may be wearing green flowers as well.

Flower Language

Please note: Pronouns are displayed over the heart with flowers but correspond only to gender and not to colloquial florigraphy meanings. Please refer to Clothing (at the very bottom of the page ) for specifics.