In the Victorian ages, when it was improper to discuss your feelings through words, people became quite fluent in the language of flowers. I love the idea that giving someone flowers is not only a sweet gesture, but can mean something incredibly specific.
photographs by Charles Aubry 1865
But there is also such an art to flower arrangement, and after seeing the beautiful work that my dear friend Asheley does at Saipua everyday, I'm becoming obsessed.
FYI, the flower shop's owner was recently featured in NY Times Magazine, with some lovely tips on flower arranging here.