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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





          Said the Lavender to the Everlasting Flower:

           “We have been living together on the same hill. Spring is about to end, and I perceive that my leaves are drying up. Tomorrow I shall be no more. But thou wilt still live; thou wilt still listen to the merry strains of the lark; and like her, thou wilt hail the sun when he comes to dry thy feet, moistened by the dews. Since it is so delightful to live, why should I be condemned to die?”

           The Everlasting Flower replied.

           “In nature every thing is changing – every thing is renewed. I alone remain unaltered.

           “Spring gives me no renovated youth. through all the heats of summer – through all the frosts of winter, my leaves retain their everlasting paleness.

           “I never hear round me the sweet murmur of the bee. The butterfly never powders me with his wing. The breeze passes by me without stopping, and the young girls never come near me. Who would care to gather the flower of the grave – the cold and sever Immortelle?

           “Once more, blue-eyed Lavender, wave thy long ears in sign of gladness. Raise thy eyes to heaven, and be grateful. Thou art happy, for thou wilt die.

           “While I, a wretch condemned, must still drag out the bleak days and the long nights of winter—must still shiver beneath the snow—still listen, amid the darkness, to the monotonous wailings of the dead.

           “But thou, Lavender, wilt die; and thy soul will mount to heaven with thy perfume.

           “Listen—while I confide to thee my prayer. Say to him who made us both, that immortality is a fatal gift. Ask that he recall me to himself, the supreme source of happiness and of life.”