For some odd reason, “nosegay” has been stuck in my head for days. I had to look it up.
Ye olde Wikipedia says:
A nosegay, tussie-mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. The term nosegay arose in fifteenth-century Middle English as a combination of nose and gay (which then meant “ornament”). So a nosegay was an ornament that appeals to the nose or nostril.
Now, “tussie-mussie” is quite a little combo:
The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers, and therefore may be used to send a message to the recipient. (Wikipedia)
That defined, I have to say I’m not really a tussie-mussie kind of lady.
The lovely lady above is A Lady with a Nosegay (circa 1525) by Francesco Bacchiacca (1494–1557).