What amusing words "Tussie-mussie", and no, it is not a character in a children's book. A Tussie-mussie is similiar to a nosegay, which is a small bunch of flowers. The name originates from the early 1400's in France and quickly found favor and revival during the Victorian Era. Tussie-mussies were wrapped in paper doilies and ribbons. Not only did the type and number of flowers relay a secret message, but the types and combination of herbs and greenery were part of the code. Messages to suitors could be communicated and rendezvous's arranged while strolling in the park. Tussie-mussies are popular bouquets for the mothers of the bride and groom. They no longer are a secret code, but still charming and beautiful.