Lilies for July!
History relates that during the reign of Queen Victoria, in England, which lasted from 1837 to 1901, (known as the Victorian era) the language of flowers was as important to people as being "well dressed." The messages that a flower could convey signified love or desire in an era of incredibly repressed emotions.
Many books or dictionaries were published due to the popularity of this pastime and the art of floriography was born!
The lily derives its name from the Latin word, lilium, which in turn, was derived from the Greek word, leirion. In Greek and Roman mythology, the lily is strongly associated with the goddess Hera (Juno in Roman), when the first snow-white lily sprouted from drops of milk spilled from her breast, after she nursed Heracles. Another early reference tells of how Venus – after rising from the ocean waters – spotted a lily and became jealous of its beauty. In her jealousy, she created a pistil and added it to the flower, in order to mar its perfection.
Lily Beauty, Elegance, Sweetness Lily of the Valley Return of happiness Lily, Day Coquetry Lily, White Purity, Sweetness
While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue - and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary's purity and her role of Queen of the Angels - as other varieties became popular, they brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well. Peruvian lilies, or alstroemeria, represent friendship and devotion, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower.