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The Flowers Personified


now available in paperback Volume I

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Flower Names
Flower Meaning
Flower Fairy Tales

The Flowers Personified introduction

The Flowers
The hand-colored plates

The Flower Fairy
How and why the Flowers became human

The Story of Two Shepherdesses,
the Blonde and the Brunette: and of a Queen of France

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
(Bluebottle, Corn poppy and Lily)

The Poet Jacobus Supposed He Had Found a Subject For An Epic Poem
(Pansy)  The secret language of flowers

Alphabetical list of Flower names in English, French & Latin with Meaning

Alphabetical list of Flower Meanings

Flora Timekeeping
Flora's Clock
The Floral Week
The Calendar of Flora

A Trick of the Flower Fairy

The Sultana Tulipia
[1] [2] [3] [4]

Fragments Taken at Random from the album of the rose
[1] [2] [3] [4]
[5] [6] [7] [8] [9]


Serious Displute In Relation to the Violet: Between The Flower Fairy and An Academy Which Prefers To Remain Anonymous.

(Water Lily)


MARGUERTINE The Oracle of the Meadows

CANZONE - The Flower of Forgetfulness

Flowers of the Ball-room


The Everlasting Flower

Differences in Plates

The Flowers

Differences in Bindings





         Anna awoke with the dawn, and took the path to the meadow.

           The bird had but just begun its sweet warble: the flowers still hung their heads, laden with dew.

           Anna looked round in every direction, and at length stopped before a daisy.

           It was the finest daisy in the field. Freshly opened on its graceful little stem, it was looking sweetly up to heaven.

           “There,” said Anna, “is what I have come to consult.

           “Beautiful daisy,” said she, as she bent over the fair prophetess, “you are about to reveal to me my secret. Does he love me?”*

           Then she plucked the first leaf.

           Instantly she heard the daisy utter a fain, plaintive cry, and say: –

           “Like thee, little Anna, I have been young and pretty. Like thee, I have lived and have loved.

           “Ludwig never went to a flower, to know whether I loved him.

           “He asked me the question himself, – wresting from me each day a syllable of the word love, and forcing me by degrees to confess it all. As you pluck away, one by one, my leaves, so, gradually, did he deprive me of those precious sentiments, which are the safeguard of innocence.

           “As my corolla will be, when thou shalt have plucked all the leaves, so naked and unshielded remained my poor heart. I was distressed: I regretted the loss of my white leaves – my precious sentiments.

           “Harm not the daisy, little Anna, for the daisy is thy sister. Let it enjoy the life which God has given it. As a reward, I will tell thee my secret.

           “Men treat women as the latter treat the daisy. They wish for an answer to the double question – ‘Does she love me? – does she not love me?’ Young girl, never reply to it. Man will cast thee off, after having plucked away thy leaves.”

           It is not known whether little Anna availed herself of the daisy’s secret.

 * This divination by the daisy, is conducted as follows: The young maiden, holding the flower in her hand, first asks the question, “M’aime-t-il?” She then repeats successively the phrases, “Il m’aime, un peu, – beaucoup, – passionnement, – pas du tout;” and, with each phrase, plucks a white leaf from the daisy. The phrase corresponding with the last leaf plucked, gives the response. – [Tr.


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