Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

     Valentine's day reached its height of popularity during the Victorian era.  Valentines were adorned with intricate details of flowers, birds, cherubs, lace and feathers.  Traditionally, valentines were given anonymously leaving ladies a challenge to discover their admirer.  It mights have been sent by a postal carrier or courier, or even tied to or slipped under a door.  This was a truly romantic time for our ancestors. 
    
      Flowers and gardens were also extravagantly decorated in Victorian times.  Some of the more common flowers seen in Victorian gardens included hydrangea, roses, daffodil, wisteria and lily of the valley.  Most Victorian arrangements and centerpieces were in footed glass vases or silver platters.  Floriography, the language of flowers, was used as a way of communication to send unspoken messages.
    
     Bring  back the art of romance this Valentine's Day by creating a handmade valentine or a wistful floral arrangement!!