What's in a Name

Posted on May 19, 2015 by Gibbs Smith


Happy spring, little birds. It’s a good day to learn more about flowers. The nice folks at BabyLit have released an excellent flowers primer featuring flowers from the beloved classic The Secret Garden. I’ve taken it just one step further to provide some academic acumen, because I thought you would like to know the meaning of these flowers in Victorian times. So, the flowers and their meanings are listed for you here.

Crocus was the flower for cheerfulness.

Snowdrops meant consolation.

Daffodil could be given either as a sign of regard or of unrequited love.

Columbine was the flower for anxiety.

Snapdragon meant a gracious lady.

Poppy was the flower of pleasure.

A lily symbolized virginity, especially a white lily.

An iris meant passion.

Canterbury Bells were the flowers used to express gratitude.

A rose, particularly a red rose, was the flower of love.


So until next time, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

Sincerely, Professor Hawkins

Posted in From the desk of Professor Hawkins, The Secret Garden, Tutor Tuesday