French Willow-" Bravery and humanity." Fritillary (chequered)-" Persecution. Fuchsia (scarlet)-" Good taste."
Fuller's Teasel - " Misanthropy," "importunity." Furse - " Enduring affection."
Galanthus - "Hope." A species of snowdrop.
Galega - "Good sense."
Garden Anemone-" Forsaken."
Garden Chervil-" Sincerity."
Gardenia - "Sweet charms."
Garden Marigold-" Uneasiness."
Garden Ranunculus - "You are rich in attractions."
Garden Sage-" Esteem."
Genista - " Humility." Commonly called "broom."
Gentian-" You are unjust." This pretty blue flower, much used in medicine since its bitter taste acts as a good tonic, is named after Gentius, King of Illyricum who, two thousand years ago, was the first to discover its medicinal value.
Geranium, Dark - " Melancholy." These beautiful flowers belong to the crane's bill genus, from the Greek word " geranos" - a crane. The seed-vessels resemble the form of a crane's beak.
Geranium, Ivy-leaved - "Bridal favour."
Geranium, Nutmeg - "An expected meeting."
Geranium, Oak-leaved - "True friendship.'"
Geranium, Pencil-leaved - "Ingenuity."
Geranium, Rose or Pink - "Preference." Geranium, Scarlet - Comfort." Geranium, Silver-leaved - "Recall."
Geranium, White - "Innocence." Geranium, Wild - "Steadfast piety." An old country superstition is that the wild geranium, technically known as' Geranium robertianum, is the flower of Robin Hood, the merry outlaw of Sherwood Forest. The origin of the whole genus is certainly curious. The prophet Mohammed, having one day washed his shirt, cast it upon a mallow to dry in the sun. When the garment was dry and taken away, it was found that the mallow, by contact with such a sacred vesture, had been transformed into a geranium, a flower hitherto unknown. Germander Speedwell - "Facility." Gillyflower - "Lasting beauty." "Bonds of affection."
Gladiolus - " Strength of character." The sword-lily plant. Glancium - "Consolation." The horned poppy. Glory Flower-" Glorious beauty." Gloxinia - "A proud spirit." Golden Chain - "Pensive beauty." A favourite name for laburnum. Golden Kingwort - "Perception." Golden Mouse-ear - "Rapt attention." Golden Rod - "Encouragement."
Golden Saxifrage - "Pure affection." Golden Thistle -" Luxury." The " sweet sultan " flower. Grape, Wild-" Charity."
Ground Ivy - "Fidelity." These pretty lilac-blue flowers with their white markings, so familiar in hedge banks and below walls, have inspired Bishop Mant's lines : And there upon the sod below, Ground Ivy's purple blossoms show, Like helmet of Crusader knight, Its author's cross-like form of white. Guelder Rose-" Winter," or " age." This pretty white flower, often called " snowballs " (hence their meaning " winter "), derive their name from the ancient province of Guelder, or Guelderland, in Holland.
Harebell-" Submission," " grief." The frail sweet harebell, that swings its pretty bells with every breath of air, was one of the many flowers that were supposed to supply the fairies with their silvery music, and has called forth Merritt's lines concerning The azure harebell that doth ceaseless ring, Her wildering chimes to vagrant butterflies As they in dalliance fan her with their wings. Another poet has given us a different, but equally exquisite explanation of this floral carillon :
'twas I that led you through the painted meads, Where the light fairies danced upon the flowers, Ranging on every leaf an Orient pearl, Which, struck together with the silken wind Of their loose mantles, made a silver chime. Hart's-tongue - "Longing." This beautiful fern, whose glossy green leaves adorn the banks of many an English lane, receives its name from the supposed resemblance of its long and slender fronds to the shape of a hart's tongue. Hawkweed - "Quick-sightedness." Hawthorn - "Hope." The more familiar name of " may," by which the hawthorn is frequently called, since it flowers in that month, conjures up many visions of the part it played in mediaeval times. In those days, when " Merrie England " deserved her name, not only the young men and maidens, but even the King and Queen and then-court were wont to "go a-maying." The may-pole was then a national institution, and May Day dances and sports rivalled the Christmas festivities. Of the several maypoles which London originally possessed, the last one, near Somerset House, was only taken down in 1717. The meaning of hope was given to the hawthorn on account of the miracle Nature performs upon it every springtime, bringing the lovely white blossoms out of the bare black stem, that seems so dead and lifeless, and thereby silently reminding mankind that there is no night but hath its dawn. Among the Greeks the whitethorn was the symbol of marriage, and long sprays of the sweet-scented blossoms were carried before the bridal pair, who were ultimately lighted to the nuptial chamber by torches made of hawthorn wood. To be continued.