The flowers that give us so much sensual pleasure are also rich in symbolism. Derived from a romantic and ancient folklore, the hidden meanings of flowers were largely forgotten until the Victorians revived the tradition, turning flower-giving into an art. The Complete Language of Flowers explains the meanings of both wild and cultivated flowers, interweaving classic prose and verse with botanical notes. From violets, snowdrops, and apple blossoms to dandelions and thistles, it traces the folklore and mythology of each flower, explaining its traditional and romantic meanings. Throughout, the text is enhanced with gorgeous botanical illustrations of each plant, and by Victorian paintings, which complement the verse. For gardeners, and all who appreciate the beauty of flora, The Complete Language of Flowers is a volume to treasure. Sheila Pickles many books include The Language of Herbs as well as ten other scented treasuries of verse and prose.