Inspired by traditional Victorian floriography, writer and artist Ed Saperia developed a series of over 200 "flower codes", allowing you to express anything from a simple romantic gesture ("I adore you") to a loaded question ("Someone else?") or even an insult ("Creep!") using nothing but a few common flowers.
"We are a messaging culture, submerged in an endless deluge of communication. Sometimes, though, we are lost for words. This system makes it a little easier to say those difficult things."
An online dictionary and decoder may be found at www.cryptofloricon.com, and if you're in London from 8th-10th February a pop-up florist near Brick Lane will feature a range of bouquets spelling out the various codes.
Boing Boing's favourite will probably be three carnations, one lily and a gerbera, which translates to "Help, I'm trapped in a florist's!".
This/next week, I’m speaking in events in Park City, Utah (Future in Review); Boston (The Freedom to Innovate Summit, the Berkman Center and Suffolk University); Toronto (Seneca College); Markham (In Conversation and Storytellers); and the University of Waterloo! Come say hi! (Image: Terri Oda, CC-BY)
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