flower language has always been an intense source of disappointment for me
like, they all mean really generic things like “love” or “forever” or “i’m sorry”
i thought you could combine flowers
like you could just send someone a bouquet and from the combination of hibiscus and posies and tulips they’d understand “the rebel leader is dead, rendezvous at the docks at 8, bring the dog, you will need lighter fluid and a large tomato”
Hanakotoba has a few more interesting meanings mixed in, if you look up the older meanings, not the newer stuff. Like if you were to send someone a yellow chrysanthemum, an orange lily, and a tiger lily, it could mean either hating the emperor’s wealth or it could mean exacting financial revenge against the emperor. A single yellow poppy could mean that the mission was a success. A white chrysanthemum and a cherry blossom branch could mean that the samurai knows the truth. A narcissus and a red spider lily might mean to abandon the prideful one.