|Yellow Rose - infidelity or jealousy|
(this is a recurring image in the book)
The novel is told in alternating chapters of present time and past episodes of her life and slowly brings them closer together to explain how she learned about flowers and what went to so wrong at a time in her life when she almost had a home. There is a love interest too and he is related to her past, which makes it all the more juicy and ripe as an opportunity to explore reconciliation. While she struggles to find her place in a world that has been hostile, she is lucky enough to encounter several supportive figures who love her in a way she was never able to love herself. Great read!
Seeing that I live next to a most amazing garden myself, I thought I would explore what our flowers say. The book comes with an appendix of a flower dictionary. I took to the garden with my notebook and a camera and here's what I found.
|Iris - Message & Foxglove - Insincerity|
|Sweet Pea- Delicate pleasures|
|Peony - Anger|
|Camellia - My destiny is in your hands|
|Calalilly - Modesty|
|Poppy - Extravagance|