Innocent Celibacy?

In a Victorian world where bachelors buttons signify male celibacy and daisies refer to innocence, a bouquet of both would leave you with innocent male celibacy. That’s quite a bundle for a little teacup yet here it is with this “Elizabethan” teacup from England – 1940s or 50s I’m guessing:

Bachelor Button, DaisyTea Reference 1 - photo Marie Cameron 2015

 

Bachelor Button, DaisyTea Reference 2 - photo Marie Cameron 2015

 

Bachelor Button, DaisyTea Reference 3 - photo Marie Cameron 2015

 

Bachelor Button, DaisyTea Reference 4 - photo Marie Cameron 2015

 

Bachelor’s Buttons Blues

My Bachelor’s Buttons have just come into bloom – and I’m too impatient to wait for a whole bouquet – so I snipped the ones that were available and popped them into this vintage Japanese teacup, pulling a dress from my closet to use as a backdrop.

Bacherlors Buttons Blues Tea Reference

Bachelor’s buttons are also known as cornflowers but the Victorian meanings for each are very different. Bachelor’s Buttons indicate┬ásingle blessedness and celibacy while the cornflower suggests refinement and delicacy. I wonder which symbolism to explore?

Bacherlors Buttons Blues Tea Reference

I do know that I’d like to pair this teacup with the Scrub Jay which is that same lovely shade of blue- nothing refined or delicate about this bird though they are tough raucus and smart!

Scrub Jay on Green

Here are a few shots of the jay I took near my house.

Scrub Jay on Green

Check out that sashay on this bird as it stakes out it’s feeding grounds!

Scrub Jay on Gray

And that rakish profile!