What girl doesn’t love flowers? Especially, during this time of year when all the wildflowers are blooming and everything is sunny and bright. Spring is one of my favorite times of year. It is so nice to be able to get out of doors again after a long sometimes very cold winter!
Flowers have always been important to people down through the ages. They have been enjoyed, treasured and cultivated in gardens since the beginning of time. Often a mother would teach her daughter how to identify and use the plants in the woods, fields or their own little garden. This was important information to know as plants were used for medicine, food and a host of other things. It was good to know what parts you could use!
The Victorians especially loved to be surrounded by flowers and plant life. During the Victorian era, all kinds of ways to enjoy nature were dreamed up. If you had been a young Victorian girl, you could practice arranging with fresh flowers, learn to draw detailed botanical prints, weave them into wreaths for your hair, press flowers for later use in pictures or simply take a long walk in the garden or meadow to identify the flowers and plant life you saw. Victorians even had a flower language where each and every plant had a corresponding meaning such as “love” or “truth” or “thoughts of you.”
Flower identification is probably one of the more forgotten ways of enjoying God’s creation. How many times have you been on a walk or hike and coming upon a new flower you have never seen before wondered what it was? Why not take the time to learn what they are called? There are all kinds of books available to help you in this and it is quite fun to store this knowledge in your head so that when you see one of God’s beauties you know what it is. God loves to see us enjoying His creation and one of the ways we can honor Him is by learning more about what He has made.
One good way to start is to find a chart or list with pictures of all the wildflowers in your area. Learn about them and then when you are taking your next walk see if you can spot any of the ones you learned about! I have also made a short quiz for you with some common and not so common flowers to get you started. Grab a flower identification book and see if you can identify them before looking at the answers! Have fun!
Answers: Periwinkle, Black-eyed Susan, Crocus,
Cornflower, Daffodil, Elderberry,
Violet, Creeping Buttercup, Queen Anne’s Lace,