Following on my review of the Language of Flowers, I read the companion publication A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirby.
The book is a fun resource to have on hand when making floral related decisions. The majority of the book explores the meanings behind fifty featured plants. For each flower, a lovely illustration is accompanied by 2 pages of text highlighting key points from its history, such as links to Greek mythology and appearances in art or poetry. A quick reference guide is provided at the back of the book which includes individual flower meanings and suggested combinations for specific occasions.
While I am definitely a flower enthusiast, I was worried reading a 'dictionary' may be a bit tedious. It ended up being a surprisingly fast and enjoyable read and I'm glad this book has added my expanding floral library.