Tussie Mussie


A  tussie mussie is just the right size for my Bristol blue glass vase.




A tussie mussie is a Victorian term for a little nosegay of flowers and herbs which were bound tightly together in a round arrangement.


Each flower would have been carefully chosen for its meaning according to the language of flowers.
I have a yellow rose, a white rose, mint, lady's mantle, sage, marjoram, rosemary and thyme.


Either I am trying to convey the pure, innocent love of friendship which is nonetheless overshadowed by jealousy, suspicion, extreme betrayal - and thrift, or, I just think they look pretty and smell lovely.

Comments

  1. Gloriously complementary colours there Sue, a thing of loveliness.

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  2. Beautiful Sue - I love herbs and flowers mixed together & when I have finished here I am going straight outside to pick my own tussie mussie! Not sure what my bunch will say though!

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  3. Simply beautiful! I agree with Karen, herbs and flowers are lovely together. Tussie mussie - what a sweet word!
    Victoria xx

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  4. Gorgeousness. I chopped down a rosemary bush today and have two huge jars of it in the kitchen. Herbs as flowers are the bees knees.

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  5. Either way they're gorgeous!

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  6. Now you know how much I love archaic words ... a tussie mussie, just the sound of it is perfect! And such a pretty one. I'm off out with the whippets in a moment and shall be scouring the hedgerows for flowers to make a tussie mussie of my own.

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  7. Hello there,
    I am going outside now its 8pm here, sun still shining to make my own tussie mussie.. love this old victorian expression.. never heard it before.
    I like your blog and will follow you
    maybe i will see you over my side of the world
    beautiful roses.
    best wishes for a happy sunday evening.
    val

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  8. I was only reading about tussie mussies last week in a book called The Fragrant Garden by Julia Lawless. Whatever the meaning of your tussie mussie it's very beautiful and I would imagine wonderfully fragrant.

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  9. Ah yes there it is. Looking very prettily filled.

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  10. Very charming, and the vase is beautiful. I can just imagine a Victorian fussy hussy agonising over the hidden messages of her tussie mussie.

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  11. Just letting you know that I mentioned this post on my blog tonight.

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  12. Sue, thanks for introducing me to tussie mussies, and the link to the meaning of flowers!

    I hope it is ok with you that I put The Quince Tree on my blogroll. I am relatively new to blogging, and am enjoying growing to know you and other interesting, gifted folks through this medium.

    After drab days of rain the sun is shining here near Portland, OR, and I am celebrating!
    Joy to you and yours!
    Gracie <3

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  13. What a delightful expression and one that I'd never come across until today. Your blog continues to educate as well as entertain.

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  14. i love tussie mussies..i used to always make them as an extra gift for my girls to take to parties when they were young..i've always loved the smell of the mix of herbs and flowers and they look so pretty..yours looks gorgeous in the blue vase.

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  15. My absolute favorite kind of bouquet. :) I can almost always find enough herbs and flowers to fill in tiny vase. I love your posy in that beautiful blue vase. It's pure delight for the eyes!

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  16. I have my own tussie mussie in a creamware vase. I bought the contents in to escape the wind and the rain. Pale yellow honeysuckle, elder blossom, and pineapple mint. Lord what have I said, hopefully nothing rude.

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  17. How lovely to know that I have a tussie mussie on my table and didn't know it! I think I may be sending out mixed messages with it though.

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  18. What can I say. Relationships are complicated.

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  19. Pati from London9:35 am BST

    Had never thought of mixing herbs and flowers before!! It's lovely. Your tussie mussie makes me think of my mum as she'd love this type of bouquet.... x Pati

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  20. Hi Sue, tussie mussie inspirational! looking in my garden for my own and just starting a blog. Any blog tips? how much time does it take? can I add your blog to blogs that I follow please? Am not blog savvy yet.

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    1. You may certainly add my blog to your list. Blogging takes as much time as you like. It depends how often you post and how much you write. I spend between 30 mins to an hour and a half per post plus time spent uploading and editing my photos. Blogger is easy to use once you get used to it. My top tips would be to keep the look of your blog simple and uncluttered and to write good English. It's also a good idea to have an email address in your profile so that readers can contact you easily.

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