annachibi:

According to Daisy Goodwin’s novel, Lord Melbourne’s favorite flower was the peony. Interestingly, in Victorian England, the peony had a dual meaning. It originally and primarily symbolized honor, wealth, success, and beauty. But in Victorian times, it took on the meaning of bashfulness or even shame, somewhat due to its color resembling blushing. I don’t know if Lord M really favored peonies (google turned up nothing), but it’s certainly meaningful in its associations! He had honor and shame a-plenty.

I like how this site puts it: “Remember how your actions reflect on yourself and others, and always
strive to act honorably and respectfully. Don’t be afraid to apologize
if you make a mistake, and share your love with others to improve their
lives as well.“

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