Friday’s Flowers

Perhaps a little late for the June brides but ……

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In one of the French editions of Les Fleurs Animées the ode to the orange blossom ends with this little engraving.

Of course June is thought of as the month of brides and weddings but for our purposes let’s say that all the churches were booked and the weather wasn’t the best so we delayed the nuptials until mid-July.  In many cultures it was the custom for brides to wear orange blossoms in their hair, in their corsages, and even garlands woven into their dresses.  What the gorgeous scent added to the ceremony can only be imagined and this little entry from Les Fleurs Animées suggests the significance that was attached to the presence of the Épithalame or Orange blossom at a marriage.

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On this day in 1865: First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom die on the descent.