Thursday, August 11, 2011
Fond floral memories.
I have often wondered about how the very tradition of giving flowers first began; the very idea of snipping their stems and assembling a scale of a bouquet. So it seems, the very language of flowers stems back hundreds of years ago in history as a way for people to communicate a message. (not so dissimilar to present day) Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese in fact refer to flowers several times within stories and myths, and there is evidence that giving flowers has been a significant part of culture since the Middle Ages. However, the significance increased in the mid-1700's, when the French and English (while visiting Turkey) discovered a meaningful language of flowers—that flowers could represent a feeling, a gesture, a thought...
sweet pocket books that outline each plant's meaning, along with a description and image are still sold. The fact that some still revere the tradition and thought that goes into selecting a bouquet to give is quite refreshing. Do you have a specific special memory attached to flowers?
As for this beautiful shop, located in Kiev, Ukraine, I have little information but was so pleased with the overall look and feel of the shop. Such an elegant space, as designed by Studio Balenko.