Here in the United States in Victorian times, flowers were used by discreet lovers to communicate coded messages of a romantic nature. The practice actually got so involved that a bouquet could be used to convey a message about a secret rendezvous, with the date and time coded by the number of leaves on a decorative branch.
Today, although we all know that red roses signify passionate love, most of the language of flowers has been forgotten. As cancer survivors, I thought we might be interested to know that the chrysanthemum, which blooms in November, symbolizes the promise of hope in dark times.
Although some European countries use the symbol of a chrysanthemum very differently, where I live “mums” are all around me, symbolizing the beauty of the autumn season. When I see them, I will let them speak to me of the promise of hope for all of those struggling through difficult times.
Survival > Existence,