A NOSEGAY, POSY, or TUSSIE-MUSSIE

Updated: May 18


Once upon a time, when I was a little girl I loved to pick up flowers to make a small bouquet. Most of them were herbs and weeds, some pretty leaves and poppy heads full of seeds. I didn’t have pretty ribbons, some tread or wool worked well.

Nosegays, posies, tussie-mussies are the names for small bunches of flowers.

Po polsku bukieciki, małe kwiatuszki, polne kwiatuszki, po prostu bukieciki.


They may be wild or straight from the garden, usually roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, some fragrant herbs.

They were used for ages to send messages. The flowers were picked carefully and most people knew their meaning. Can you imagine yourself sending a posy instead of writing a letter?

I liked to give mine to people as a sign of love or remembrance, or friendship.

It was so common in my society that boys gave them as a surprise to their girlfriends.



Recently I noticed that for the wedding ceremony mothers carry them instead of corsages. I just love that idea! They don’t die after a couple of hours because after the ceremony they usually end up in a cute vase at the table.



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