Tussie Mussie, Talking Bouquet, Posy/Posey/Posie, Nosegay
I have always had a fondness for these little bouquets. I have on occasion given them as gifts, with a card denoting the meaning of each plant in the bouquet. I tend to give posies made of whatever is handy in the garden, but in the Victorian Era they were more carefully curated messages for ladies, or a specifically prescribed deterrent for “gaol fever” used by judges in the 1700s. I’ve found various definitions and origins for the historical instances of posies and in particular for the use of the words tussie-mussie (tuzzy-muzzy) in describing them. I’ll reference some sources below. Some of these references come from verifiable sources, and others from blogs that don’t reference their sources well or at all. I will cite everything below so you can be your own judge.
Here you will find this written. It was pulled by the author from The Language of Flowers by Geraldine Adamich Laufer, published by Workman Publishing in 1993.