The Language of Flowers
As a historical novelist, I'm fascinated by context and the choices people make. And, whichever way you look at it, women's choices were more limited in the 19th Century. For me, many of our choices are led by our personalities but are also very dependent on other circumstances: economic, familial etc. It's the old nature/nurture debate.
But Whorticulture is not just about flowers themselves but about everything flowers imply ̶ planting, growth, seeds, nurturing, transplanting, pruning, weeds, cultivating etc. If you want to grow a certain kind of plant, the conditions (the soil, climate, and so on) have to be right. So I started thinking how the nature/nurture debate applies to morality. Are some people just born bad (do they inherit it like a genetic predisposition?) or is their badness the result of many factors including upbringing, surroundings etc. What would happen to you if you were taken from one environment and transplanted? Would you wither or would you bloom? Are you a hardy weed or a delicate hot house plant? And if you had to construct a bouquet to represent you, what flowers would you choose?