The Dramatic Language of Flowers




Prescos 1975 Greg, Christine, Shannon, Vicki & Rosemary


marilyn1414Many folks in Los Angeles know a Hollywood Actor, or someone who does. Turns out Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is my kindred.

The actor, John Lupton, was Marilyn’s next door neighbor. We used to babysit his daughter. Marilyn’s brother, Stan, married John’s daughter.

My mother and my aunt Lillian dated Errol Flynn, and fought for years as to who he found the most fair.
My grandmother chased Errol out of the house with a broom when he and a friend showed up drunk and serenaded the Rosamond sisters. As a teen I wondered if I was Errol’s son, I not looking like my siblings. When my father began to tell the story I was not his son, then, a myth was born.

Captian Vic told his friends I was ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ because I wanted to stab him with a big knife when I was twelve. He forgave me because Rosemary put that knife in my hand. Errol was titled ‘The Tasmanian Devil’.

You could say Rosemary Rosamomnd was the Queen-Mother of the Hippie Children. She was the real Terror of Highway 101 (not me) and should have been locked up in the Booby-hatch according to the head witch doctor at Camarillo State Hospital that you see in this video. Before there was flight over the Coo-coo’s nest, there was some hard riding all around it. Above is a photo of Rosemary with her doves and…Tarot Cards? Rosemary died in 1997 not knowing she was kin to Liz.

In the painting by Thomas Hart Benton we see the dramatic Ballad of Tom Dooly. The original hippies embraced Folk Music before our garage bands took the stage at the Filmore. Is that Bill Rosamond playing the fiddle and telling the story – with a song?

There were not supposed to be any famous Hippies. This is why Nancy and I became confused at the first Human Be-in when self-elected leaders got on a stage guarded by the Hell’s Angels. This is why I warned all my friends not to go to the free concert at Altamont. I knew the real party was over. Rock and Roll Stars can not be Hippies. In the video below Timothy Leary regrets he became King of Rose Mountain and the Father of the Flower Children. He should have known there was a Mother.

Christine Rosemond Benton wanted to become famous. This is why she took up art for the first time in 1971 after beholding photographs of my painting of Rena. My sisters were in awe of my relationship with Marilyn who would stay the night in their room when she was fifteen and sixteen.

Every Saturday night I was allowed to stay in Marilyn’s bedroom (on the floor) because I agreed I would go to her mother’s Baptist Church in the morning. When Billy Graham came to town, I was required to go to three crusades in the L.A. Coliseum because Marie believed I was a Catholic doing her daughter, and, her minister gave anti-Catholic sermons. This is to say I could have my way with Marilyn, as long as my wicked Catholic soul was saved. My Love was a Biblical Human Sacrifice. We would not achieve coitus till fifteen years had gone by.

When I refused to go down and save my virginal ass (when did Graham lose his?) Marie threatened to have me arrested if I tried to see the love of my life. This is why Marilyn looks so unhappy on her cruise to France, Jeff Pasternak’s famous father paying the way.

There is a famous painting of two lovers titled ‘A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, Refusing to Shield Himself from Danger by Wearing the Roman Catholic Badge (1852) is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite, John Everett Millais. This famous painting will long depict the essence of the dramatic love Marilyn and Greg owned for each other. We were often seen in this pose. Marilyn accused me of making her cry a lot and is why she betrayed us and slept with that twenty-four year old German Jet-setter. Just before that I caught the famous golfer, Arnold Palmer checking out Marilyn’s sixteen year old ass. The look he gave me, was a keeper.

On the last day of the seven-day crusade, it was do or die. I got up and found a rose garden at the end of the coliseum where the pillars stand. Marilyn had followed me there, and with tears in her eyes;

“If you don’t go down, my mother won’t let me see you anymore.”

“I can’t. It goes against all that I believe in.”

Christine Rosamond and her famous kindred, were treated for alcoholism. Liz’s good friend, Michael Jackson, should have been in recovery and saving his life. On the weekend Christine drowned, there was going to be a One Year Sober Birthday held for her at Rocky Point. This truth was – crushed – like a beautiful rose.

Surrounding our Lovers are many flowers. It is suggested that John employed ‘The Language of Flowers’. Rosamond appears to have done the same in her series of painting titled ‘The Story Teller’. At AA meeting we tell our stories. Rosamond’s autobiography has disappeared. That is Christine dressed in black with our back to us. She looks like Liz. Three women in my sister’s AA group approached me at the Rosamond Gallery and invited me to speak at their group the evening of Rosamond’s funeral.

Christine was Bob Dylan’s neighbor when she lived in Woodland Hills. Bob began to shun the fame thrust on him that sucks the life out of human beings who only sought to love, and be loved.

Marilyn and I are dear friends this very day, and will love one another till the day we die.

This blog speaks the Language of Flowers.

Jon Gregory Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Copyright 2013

The long title is usually abbreviated to A Huguenot or A Huguenot on St Bartholomew’s Day.
It depicts a pair of young lovers in an embrace. The familiar subject is given a dramatic twist because the “embrace” is in fact an attempt by the girl to get her beloved to wear a white armband, declaring his allegiance to Roman Catholicism. The young man gently pulls the armband off with the same hand with which he embraces the girl. The incident refers to the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in 1572 when French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, leading to other massacres elsewhere in France. A small number of Protestants escaped from the city by wearing white armbands.

Weeks after my beloved sister drowned, Vicki Presco is showing me a copy of the autobiography Christine Rosamond Benton was working on when she had a mysterious accident. It began with Rosamond telling the world that everyone thought I would be a great artist one day….

“But, this was not to be.”

Vicki then went to another marked page to have me read about the fight Christine and I had over the last of the milk. This world-famous artist is vilifying me, making sure I would never be a famous artist – someday!

I, and the world have not read Rosamond’s own words – hence! Why was this autobiography disappeared?

When Pierrot was sold my families Artistic and literary Legacy in 1997, she put up a webpage wherein she puts words from Sandra Faulkner who claims she was interviewing Christine just before she died, helping her with her autobiography. I wrote the executor, Sydney Morris, and bid him to get those notes Faulkner must have, because they are intellectual property that belongs to the estate and the two Heirs. What became of Faulkner’s words after she quit the project? Enter Tom Snyder, whom Patrice blessed, they no doubt having several conversations about my late sister – and me. How about my minor daughter?

Tom says this in ‘When You Close Your Eyes’.

“On occasion, Christine speaks for herself – these pasages are
included and italicized – from scattered pages of autbiographical
notes, a few brief interviews, unfinished letters, and personal
meanderings. These passages are all more striking for being so
sparce. For Chrsitne was not a journal keeper so much as one who
reached for clarity of mind by writing. The bulk of her comments,
however, consists of scattered thoughts and the ideation of a woman
who was not well at the time she wrote them down.”

The answer to the riddle is, Pierrot, and members of my family, were going for a MOVIE that would be produced with the blessing of executor, Sydney Morris, in order to revive the waning interest in Rosamond’s prints that were not selling before Christine died. The business people and family members that Christine owed money to now wanted to make a killing when the tragedy of the Rose of the World hit the silver screen. My nieces, Drew Benton, and Shannon Benton, would get no proceeds from ticket sales. However, if Garth Benton is in on the movie deal – coming in behind the child Heir – then he can give his daughter money.

The Secret Movie Guild had to secure a copyright on the Rosamond story before a producer will purchase an option.
The real problem is the adult Heir, Shannon, who could sue the producers of the movie for a share of THE SECRET MOVIE DEAL. Then there are my words put on the World Wide Web that prove there is no real Death Scene for the Rose of the World. Apparently a prospective producer spotted then, and backed out.

This is why I am given no credit for Rosamond’s success, and why I believe members of my family WISHED I WERE DEAD – especially when the Miracle of my daughter coming into my life, happened – after I asked Sydney Morris for an advance on my cliam so I could hire a detective to find her (name unknown) – after My angel introduced Heather to me in a dream. Vicki must have been furious, she seeing her million dollars slipping away!

Patrice grabs my angel in the Dear Dad letter, and says she is the angel-mother anxious to introduce the daughter she hid from for seventeen year, thus, she owns THE MIRACLE! My minor daughter is put up on the rosy auction block!

Getting my minor daughter in their camp and hiding my grandson from me, might cause me to feel suicidal and take my life. How about take another drink which would prove deadly for an alcoholic with many years of sobreity? Note the beers in front of me in the photo above.

Patrice and Heather Hanson keep claiming I have no sober program, and am in an insane rage all the time – about nothing!. Gee, that movie won’t sell!

Their champion, Tom Snyder, told me he would not use Christine and my sobriety in his book, then went back on his word. He then stalks my sixteen year daughter! Tom notices that they fear I will reject them, and sees that he is their leg in the door they are not ready to remove. Patrice gives her old address on the Dear Dad letter, they acutually living elsewhere. That these adults nurture a fear of being rejected in a sixteen year girl who grew up without a father – is child abuse!

Pierrot and Faulkner said on their webpage, Christine did not take her own life as many around her feared. Members of our family had turned on Christine after bathing in her rosy success – for years. She could not get the un-gifted ones -could not contribute Art & Words, to understand her success was no guarantee, and investing in her was not like investing a AT&T.

“Why don’t you get off your lazy ass and do a drawing or two – make your own self famous? How about write a book?”

Our kindred isolated me the same way they isolated Christine. If she did take her own life at Rocky Point, that would not only make an un-happy ending to a movie, but, would disqualify those around her from making a profit on her distruction.

“And, so it goes. All those who betrayed Rosamond in the end, made their way to their beloved banks to cash their rosy royalty checks. THE END.”

The reason family members gave none of their words to the three biographers, is because they were saving them for the movie producer. If they put them in the public domain, then Shannon could claim a share. How many people WISHED SHANNON WAS DEAD – who share her blood?

Vicki told me Christine wanted to see me again. She did not tell me she was in AA. Did Christine invite me to Rocky Point to celebrate her first sober birthday? Did Vicki tell Christine she told me I was welcome, but, I refused? What a story that would be about two beautiful and creative siblings overcoming the disease of alcoholism and turning their life around, steering clear of the dangerous rocks.

It appears Christine was holding a bon voyage party and was moving to Indiana to work out of Circle Galleries. She was going to close the gallery, putting Pierrot and others out of work. Then there was the money she owed people including my brother, Mark Presco, who has successfully lurked in the background, he furious that our sister filed Bankruptcy. No one cheats the Artful Tax Dodger! I can see his smirk while sitting in the front row of the theatre as our sister is depicted as a Wild Woman…..The Rose of Hell that had to be put down like a rabid dog for the sake of The Family!

“That she managed to produce at all during these periods is
one of astounding facts of her life. Mood swings exacerbated by
alcohol and drugs drove Chrsitine into towering rages early in her
career- carbon copies of those she’d feared so much in her mother –
followed by periods of self-castigating depression.”

Carrie Fisher wrote a screenplay about Rosamond, and tried to sell it to Hollywood. Carrie Fisher is my kindred, I keeping it a secret Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is my kindred. Both women suffered from the disease of alcoholism. The movie the world wants to see is how two siblings, Jon and Christine, rose from the darkness of abuse to render the world’s most beautiful women, and, find the Holy Grail. It can’t get any better then this!

You were a prophetess, Christine. It was not meant to be. The world will never know me as a famous artist. However, they will know me as a famous author and Grail Scholar, who will answer the question of the age;

“Whom does the Grail serve?”

Above is the website of the famous actress, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, who is kin to my late, famous sister, the artist, Rosamond, according to Jimmy Rosamond who had a link to Liz’s page on the Rosamond Genealogy, that was removed. On page two of six, it says;
“Her battle with pills and alcohol is well documented”
Christine’s funeral fell on her first sober birthday, March 28, she a member of Alcoholic Anonymous. I met three members of my sister’s AA group at the gallery reception after the funeral. They invited me to the group for a ceremony they were going to have that very evening. I could not attend. I wished I had because I would have got a clear picture of what my sister’s life had become, we not seeing each other after our falling out when we were drinking and drugging.
I celebrated my 25th. year of sobriety on April 7th. In AA we abandoned our natal birthdays for our sober ones, because we have had a spiritual rebirth. Christine nd I were brother and sister in Recovery, as I suspect Liz Taylor was. I pleaded with my family to focus on our Family Recovery, and was utterly ignored. No member has ever congratulated me on getting and remaining sober. Instead, they allowed the hallucinating outsiders to tell Rosamond’s life story. Above is a webpage that carries forth the lie that Christine crawled in a closet to draw, lest our mother discover her, and beat her, because Rosemary only wanted her four year old son to be a famous artist.
“The young Rosamond loved drawing, and would crawl in her closet after her lights were switched off, and armed with a flashlight, paper and pencils, draw for hours on end.”
This is it, folks, the creamy dream women have been entertaining for five thousand years, the big cultural pay-back. How easier it is to believe this absurditiy, then actually use your mind, go to art school – and learn something!
The year would have been 1950-51. How long did batteries last in those days, and, where did this child get the money to buy more batteries? This Dickenish tale gives the impression Mummy Dearest only allowed me to stay up all night if I want. And, if I feel inpired, I can ascend the spiral staircase to my private observation deck and studio Vic built for me overlooking the bright lights of Gothan City. Of course I have the option to send out the bat signal, and here come some gifted, and totally anonymous, ghetto child to render a masterpiece – I proudly sign my name to!
“Take her back to Brooklyn. I am quite done with this pretender!”
The truth is my family feared Christine and I recovering our beautiful relationship, and being brother and sister again. My family hated Rosamond’s sobriety because it pushed them away. As Rosemary said two months after he daughters funeral.
“You were her John (the Baptist). You prepared her way! Your sister always followed in your footsteps.”
I doubt Rosemary knew John was a Nazarite for life, and abstained from alcohol. In 1997 I sent long letters to the executor of Rosamond’s artistic legacy and begged him to make our Sobriety the centerpiece of the estate settlement – for the sake of our unborn who will be born with the propensity to drink. I was ignored. My sixteen year old daughter came into my life in the year 2000. Heather was my reward for getting sober. She was proof God had blessed the two sober and creative members of our destructive family.
In 1988, my friend, Michael Harkins, took me to a large meeting so I could get my one year sobriety coin.
Jon Presco

Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède makes a panegyric pronouncement when he compares the beauty of Elizabeth Monck, Duchess of Albermarle, to Fair Rosamond. Did Gautier know Elizabeth descends from Rosamond via the Talbots? Handel wrote an opera about Faramond and Rosamunde the queen of the Sicambri who lived in the Netherlands. A modern opera was composed about Elizabeth. With the Roman de Rou, and the claim Faramond was a Grail King who married Rosamunde “The mother of all the kings of France” one can coclude when it comes to the Grail Myth ‘The Rose of the World’ is at the epicenter of the Round Table and holds the Genetic Key to many Grail Legends.
Elizabeth Monck lived in the New World, Jamaica, thus one can make a panegyric pronouncement that the Holy Grail has come to America in regards to the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’ and her kindred, the movie legend, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.
Jon Presco
“That which I was obliged to tell you of the beauty of Rosamond, in
recounting to you what fashion she appeared to the eyes of my master,
hindered me from extending something upon that of Albisinda: but I
may tell you with truth, that if Rosamond were not in the world,
perhaps there would be nothing more beautiful then that Princess; and
that next to Rosamond, she has those particular charms, which nothing
can withstand: she has without doubt has less splendor and Majesty
than the Princess of the Cimbrians.”

Language of flowers

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For the indie pop band, see Language of Flowers (band). For the song written by the composer Edward Elgar, see The Language of Flowers.

Purple lilac symbolizes “first emotions of love” in the language of flowers.
The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, is a means of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible — particularly of love and lovers in the Song of Songs[1], as an emblem for the Israelite people[2] and for the coming Messiah[3] — and of Jesus Christ in the New Testament[4]. In Western Culture, William Shakespeare ascribed emblematic meanings to flowers, especially in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century. Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.[5][6] Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small “talking bouquets”, called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory.

[hide] 1 History
2 Symbolic meaning of flowers in Western Culture
3 Language of flowers in literature
4 Language of flowers in art
5 See also
6 External links


The renewed Victorian era interest in the language of flowers finds its roots in Ottoman Turkey, specifically the court in Constantinople and an obsession it held with tulips during the first half of the 18th century. The Victorian use of flowers as a means of covert communication bloomed alongside a growing interest in botany.

The floriography craze was introduced to Europe by two people: Englishwoman Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762), who brought it to England in 1717, and Aubry de La Mottraye (1674–1743), who introduced it to the Swedish court in 1727. Joseph Hammer-Pugstall’s “Dictionnaire du language des fleurs” (1809) appears to be the first published list associating flowers with symbolic definitions, while the first dictionary of floriography appears in 1819 when Louise Cortambert, writing under the pen name ‘Madame Charlotte de la Tour,’ wrote Le Language des Fleurs.

Floriography was popularized in France about 1810–1850, while in Britain it was popular during the Victorian age (roughly 1820–1880), and in the United States about 1830–1850. La Tour’s book stimulated the publishing industry especially in France, England, and America, and also in Belgium, Germany and other European countries as well as in South America. Publishers from these countries produced hundreds of editions of language of flowers books during the 19th century.

British floral dictionaries include Henry Phillips’ Floral Emblems published in 1825, and Frederic Shoberl’s The Language of Flowers; With Illustrative Poetry, in 1834. Shoberl was the editor of the popular annual “Forget Me Not” from 1822 to 1834. Robert Tyas was another popular British flower writer, publisher, and clergyman, who lived from 1811 to 1879. His book, The Sentiment of Flowers; or, Language of Flora, first published in 1836 and printed through the 1840’s, was billed as an English version of Charlotte de la Tour. One of the most familiar of language of flower books is Routledge’s edition illustrated by Kate Greenaway, The Language of Flowers. First published in 1884, it continues to be reprinted to this day.

In the United States the first appearance of the language of flowers in print, was in the writings of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, a French-American naturalist, who wrote on-going features under the title “The School of Flora,” from 1827 through 1828, in the weekly Saturday Evening Post and the monthly Casket; or Flowers of Literature, Wit, and Sentiment. These pieces contained the botanic, English, and French names of the plant, a description of the plant, an explanation of its Latin names, and the flower’s emblematic meaning.

During its peak in America, the language of flowers attracted the attention of the most popular women writers and editors of the day. Sarah Josepha Hale, longtime editor of the Ladies’ Magazine and co-editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, edited Flora’s Interpreter in 1832; it continued in print through the 1860’s. Catharine H. Waterman Esling wrote a long poem titled, “The Language of Flowers” which first appeared in 1839 in her own language of flowers book, Flora’s Lexicon. It continued in print through the 1860’s. Lucy Hooper, an editor, novelist, poet, and playwright, included several of her flower poems in The Lady’s Book of Flowers and Poetry, first published in 1841. Frances Sargent Osgood, a poet and friend of Edgar Allan Poe, first published The Poetry of Flowers and Flowers of Poetry in 1841, and it continued in print through the 1860’s. Osgood also edited a special gift book, The Floral Offering, in 1847. Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo, author of several flower books, was associate editor of the Universalist monthly, The Ladies’ Repository in Boston from 1839 to 1842. Her book, The Flower Vase, was first published in 1844. She also edited the books Fables of Flora in 1844 and The Floral Fortune Teller in 1846. C. M. Kirtland is probably Caroline Matilda Kirkland, editor of the Union Magazine of Literature and Art from 1847 to 1851 and the Unitarian weekly, Christian Inquirer, from 1847 to 1852. First published in 1848, her Poetry of Flowers continued to be in print at least until 1886. One of the more comprehensive books, its 522 pages contain an extensive dictionary and numerous flower poems.[3]

The significance assigned to specific flowers in Western Culture varied — nearly every flower had multiple associations, listed in the hundreds of floral dictionaries — but a consensus of meaning for common blooms has emerged. Often, definitions derive from the appearance or behavior of the plant itself. For example, the mimosa, or sensitive plant, represents chastity. This is because the leaves of the mimosa close at night, or when touched. Likewise, the deep red rose and it’s thorns have been used to symbolize both the blood of Christ and the intensity of romantic love, while the rose’s five petals are thought to illustrate the five crucifixion wounds of Christ. Pink roses imply a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses Stand for friendship or devotion. The black rose (actually a very dark shade of red, purple, or maroon) has a long association with dark magic

Tom Dooley” is an old North Carolina folk song based on the 1866 murder of a woman named Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is best known today because of a hit version recorded in 1958 by The Kingston Trio. This version was a multi-format hit, reaching #1 in Billboard, the Billboard R&B listing, and appearing in the Cashbox country music top 20. It fits within the wider genre of Appalachian “sweetheart murder ballads,” and “Tom Dooley” is based on a real event.
The song was selected as one of the American Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc.

Petition recites: SQUIRE BOONE obtained a certificate of settlement and preemption, and Nathaniel Hart obtained a certificate for settlement and preemption of 1,400 acres of land adjoining said Boone. Jesse Benton obtained from same commissioners a certificate for settlement and preemption adjoining claim of Nathaniel Hart on north and east, which was entered with surveyor…your orator purchased of said Benton all his claims and paid him a full consideration and obtained assignment of said settlement and preemption. And said Jesse Benton, afterwards, by letter dated September 3, l789, acknowledged the sale of said claims to your orator and promised your orator another assignment if the original one was lost. And said Jesse Benton departed this life leaving a will disposing of all his lands excepting the said claim which being sold to your orator was omitted in his will. Said Benton leaving his wife Nancy and his children Peggy Benton, Polly Benton, Thomas H. Benton, Jesse Benton, Nancy Benton, Samuel Benton, Nathaniel Benton and Sucky Benton.

Upon graduation from New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lupton secured immediate stage work. Then he was signed as a contract player at MGM in Hollywood. Lupton was lanky and handsome like James Stewart or Henry Fonda but never achieved similar fame.

John Lupton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located on the west side of the 1700 block of Vine Street.[5]
Lupton died in 1993 at the age of sixty-five. He was survived by his daughter, Rollin, and three granddaughters: Parker, Holly and Hilary. He also has a granddaughter Brianna, who resides in Florida.

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