The sunbeam, after gentle showers,
Is not more loved by drooping flowers,
Within their noontide shady bowers,
Than thou art loved by me, love.

In the 16th century, a romantic “language of flowers” was brought to the West from the Ottoman Empire. It became very popular during the 19th century. Many flowers send messages of love. Thus, forget-me-nots mean “true love.” The purple violet means “You occupy my thoughts,” while the blue violet implies, “Faithfulness.” White roses suggest “I am worthy of you,” while red roses say “I love you.”

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