I went with a couple of friends to the Northville District Library to listen to a lecture about Victorian flower gardens and the meaning of flowers. We had herbal tea and ate sugar cookies flavored with lavender and rose water.
As an added bonus we got to make our very own 'tussie mussie'. I am sure you are thinking what I did when I first heard the term. What???
It turns out that a "tussie mussie" is a small nosegay consisting of fragrant flowers. It often held some of the secret meanings that the language of flowers might convey. The meaning of the flowers depended on a memorized code popularized by published "Language of Flowers" books. I am guessing that these also came in handy to hold up to your nose before the invention of deodorant.
We were each given a bag with dried flowers that had been picked at Greenfield Village, a paper doily, and what we needed to hold it together.
I discovered that I have no talent for making one of these as seen here: