H.G. Adams's useful work on the "Moral Language and Poetry of Flowers," not to mention the constant allusions scattered throughout the works of our old poets, such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Drayton. Introduction, p. 12. Folkard's "Plant Legends," p. 389. See Judith xv. 13. "Flower-lore," pp. 197-8. "Plant-lore of Shakespeare." "Flower-lore," p. 168.
Indeed, in all the ceremonial observances of life, from the cradle to the grave, flowers have formed a prominent feature, the symbolical meaning long attached to them explaining their selection on different occasions. See "Flower-lore," p. 147. "The Ceremonial Use of Flowers." Fraser's Magazine, 1870, p. 711. "Flower-lore," pp. 149-50. Miss Lambert, Nineteenth Century, May 1880, p. 821.
"Dictionary of English Plant Names," by J. Britten and Robert Holland. 1886. "English Plant Names," Introduction, p. xiii. See Folkard's "Legends," p. 309; Friend's "Flowers and Flowerlore," ii. 401-5. See "Flower-lore," p. 74. Friend's "Flower-lore," ii. 425. Garden, June 29, 1872. Johnston's "Botany of Eastern Borders," 1853, p. 177. Lady Wilkinson's "Weeds and Wild Flowers," p. 269.
Thus he describes a certain table of ebony or blackwood, "that once used to turn into flesh on certain occasions, but whence now drops only oil, which, if kept above a year, becomes good flesh and bone." Laing's "History of Scotland," 1800, ii. p. "Flower-lore," p. 46.
In many cases, too, it should be remembered, the choice of flowers for dedication to certain saints originated either in their medical virtues or in some old tradition which was supposed to have specially singled them out for this honour. Sanscrit for lotus. Hindu poem, translated by Sir William Jones. "Flower-lore," p. 118. Folkard's "Plant Legends," p. 245. "Flower-lore," p. 120.
In connection, too, with her various festivals, we find numerous plants; and as the author of "Flower-lore" remarks, "to the Madonna were assigned the white iris, blossoming almond-tree, narcissus, and white lily, all appropriate to the Annunciation."
"In short," as the author of "Flower-lore" remarks, "it would be difficult to name the occasions on which flowers were not employed; and, as almost all plants employed in making garlands had a symbolical meaning, the garland was composed in accordance with that meaning." Garlands, too, were thrown to actors on the stage, a custom which has come down to the present day in an exaggerated form.
Quarterly Review, cxiv. 231. "Flower-lore," p. 2. Ibid. Quarterly Review, cxiv. 235. Ibid., p. 239. "Flower-lore." Folkard's "Plant Legends," p. 44. Folkard's "Plant Legends," p. 395. "Flower-lore," p. 13. Fraser's Magazine, 1870, p. 714. "Flower-lore," p. 14. "Flower-lore," p. 14. Quarterly Review, cxiv. 233; "Flower-lore," p. 15. See Baring-Gould's "Myths of the Middle Ages."
"Flower-lore," p. 12. See chapter on Folk-Medicine. The superstitious notions which, under one form or another, have clustered round the vegetable kingdom, hold a prominent place in the field of folk-lore.
See Swainson's "Weather-lore," p. 257. See "Flower-lore," p. 226. A host of curious proverbs have, from the earliest period, clustered round the vegetable world, most of which gathered from experience and observation embody an immense amount of truth, besides in numerous instances conveying an application of a moral nature.