Friday Fictioneers – Say it with flowers

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

Say it with flowers, they urged—if you don’t have the words to speak your heart, use the language of blooms. But I lack the insight to begin this conversation of coded blossom.

A hyacinth, apparently, means “Your loveliness is charming”, and a red tulip, “I declare my love”. If she sent back a poppy, it would warn “I am not free”, while a pink would signal “Yes”.

The florist is dumbfounded when I ask how to code, “I’d enjoy a dalliance but am frightened by commitment.”


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Say it with flowers

  1. First such request for the florist for sure 🙂

    One has to be always careful while using codes & of course while decoding too!
    What if the receiver does not know your code & interprets differently!
    Yes means No & vice-versa!!!

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  2. I would have no idea what any of the codes were, but I am sure if she thought I meant, “I’d enjoy a dalliance but am frightened by commitment,” I might not really like her response…

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  3. Here’s a business idea for the florist: add a QR code to the website with the victorian flower meanings. If it is coded victorian. I think there may be other codes. Dangerous business, that… Love the story.

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  4. I loved this Neil and think it’s your best yet. Hilarious. I’m messaging it through to a few friends.
    When I was a crazed, love-struck teenager, I gave my then boyfriend a bunch of flowers which included a tuberose which meant dangerous pleasures. It’s such a shame young love is wasted on the young who have such restricted opportunities for enjoying it. I’m sending this through to a 76 year old friend who now feels he is past it.
    Best wishes,

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