To her, as to many Victorian Americans, flowers weren’t just beautifiers; they were moral and personal emblems. Dickinson, with her auburn hair, identified with the orange tiger lily and sometimes called herself Daisy, for a flower that symbolized innocence. She associated certain richly scented flowers, like roses and jasmine, with men and women to whom she formed emotional attachments.
Emily Dickinson saw herself as Eve and the garden as Eden. In the following stanza, she offers herself as an alternative to Eve:
Put down the apple, Adam,
And come away with me,
So shalt thou have a pippin
From off my father’s tree!