Flowers for valentines & birthdays
The first flowers appeared on our planet over 130 million years ago creating beauty, color and wonderful secrets.
Flowers have been given as gifts since time immemorial it is believed that birthday’s celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers could be said to date back to these times. Each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of someone’s birthday.
The characteristics that the flower has may be “inherited” by whomever is born in that certain month . Every month has a flower that is sometimes referred to as a BIRTH MONTH FLOWER.
FLOWERS BY MONTH is a term describing flowers related to a recipient’s birth month, and in general flowers associated with particular months of the year. It is one of a class of specialized categories given by florists.
Most of us know our Zodiac and our birthstones but did you know that each month of the year has it’s own birth flowers too? These flowers carry just as much meaning as the stars and stones and kept perpetually in bloom with each dried pressed buds captured in resin pendants.
Wishing to send the perfect gift for a special someone on coming Valentine’s Day or make the birthday one to remember with a unique flower arrangement that matches their birth month. Everyone loves to receive flowers, but you can turn your gift into something meaningful by sending your loved ones their birth month flowers.
You don’t know which flower corresponds with their birth month, you say? Well today is your lucky day because we’ve done a little research to find the birth flowers by month, as well as their history, meaning,
Symbolism for each birth flower and colors too.
The Meaning Of Flowers
Today, flowers remain a welcome substitute for words, enhancing each givers message with fragrance and beauty. Listed below are birth flowers by month as well as the meaning and symbolism for each birth flower.
The Birth Month Flowers:
January birth flowers are the Carnation and Snowdrop. It symbolizes a new year- crisp, sparkling and full of anticipation about what lies ahead. Traditionally associated with intrigue, fascination and distinction, they are a fitting toast to January birthdays and the promise of the New Year ahead, colors are Black, Dark Blue, Pink to Red -Purple.
This month is associated with St. Valentine’s Day and red roses. However, the flowers
are Iris, Violet or Primrose, the cool blues and whites and yellows make these flowers with their symbolic associations of faith, wisdom, chastity, humility and hope a perfect February birth flower. In Victorian era gifting violets conveyed the message ‘I’ll always be true’. They are a generous tribute to loved ones with February birthdays.
In the cold northern hemisphere nothing signals spring like a bundle of bright daffodils [also known as narcissus or jonquil] poking through the late season snow. It is with good reason, then, that daffodils in white and yellow or light orange, carry meanings of birthday, new beginnings, rejuvenation. Those with March birthdays are really fortunate to call the daffodil their own flower. A gift of these flowers conveys the hidden meaning of friendship and happiness.
Daisy or Sweet Pea. Thanks to wild flowers, daisies carry associations of carefree innocence and youth. The big colorful blooms of the Gerbera daisy in yellow, red and colorless are a boisterous way to celebrate April birthdays. Sweet Peas flower bloom in a wide range of pastel colors as well as two-tone colors. It is said to symbolize pleasure or goodbye. In Victorian era, these flowers formed part of the bouquet to convey gratefulness.
Is celebrated with the sculptural beauty of the Lily of the Valley, an ancient symbol of purity, it is generally white in color and conveys sweetness and humility. In Victorian times it was gifted to convey the romantic message ‘you have made my life complete’. The lily, intoxicating scent gives it a celebration edge.
Rose or Honeysuckle. June with it’s warm breezes and nitrous blooms, June just begs to be celebrated with a big bouquet of roses, it only makes sense that the floral mainstay of romantic poetry is the symbol of June birthday. Though roses come in variety of colors and forms from red to pink, white, yellow peach, orange, all with their special meanings, the underlying message the flowers convey is that of love and passion.
Delphinium, water lily, larkspur in green, purples, russet and red colors that stands for laughter, purity of hearts. All blooms in vibrant colors and bright hues associated with the infinite possibility surrounding summer fun, love and light heartedness. No better way to celebrate a birthday in summer.
Gladiolus or Poppy. Featuring tall, dramatic stalks of brightly colored blossoms, the Gladiolus is a gorgeous tribute to high summer birthdays. It blooms in a variety of colors: red, pink, white, yellow and orange. Named for the gladiator’s sword, the gladiolus sends message of strength of character and sincerity to those born in August.
Aster or Morning glory found in a number of colors in brown or deep blue , lilac mauve, red, pink, and white, symbols of love and affection, faith, wisdom and color. Like little starbursts, asters bring celebratory spirit to September birthdays. Asters and morning glory are symbols of love and deep affection and daintiness, making a bouquet of asters the next best thing to a hug.
Calendula, Cosmos and Marigold’s white, yellow, orange and varied suggest joy and modesty. The bright-orange hue and spicy scent of marigold brings a soulful quality to October bouquets. Toast October birthdays with the mellow beauty of these blooms.
Chrysanthemum in white, yellow, red and symbolize cheerfulness, friendship, loveliness, rest, abundance, wealth, are a classic way to celebrate the changing seasons to send November birthdays Chrysanthemum bouquets. Chrysanthemum colors with different meanings red for love, white means innocence, and yellow for unrequited love. According to Feng Shui, Chrysanthemums bring happiness and laughter into the home.
Poinsettia comes in three colors red, white and pink for good cheer and success. “you are the special one” is the message this flower sends.
These flowers are typically associated with Christmas while considered by Ancient Aztecs in Mexico, its land of origin to be symbols of purity, in today’s language of flowers, red, white, or pink Poinsettias, the December birth flower, are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.
The flowers of the month and their special meanings as enumerated would be a helpful guide for gifting bouquets with flowers of the birth month to loved ones or someone really special at St. Valentine’s Day or to celebrate the ‘birthdays’ with the Birth Month Flowers. For February babies wishing you “Happy Birthday” with a bouquet of deep African Violet and yellow Primrose .
To a Dear Sweetheart , a single branch of old fashioned red Rosa Damascenes.
Everyone needs love to live and thrive. You will love other humans like yourself only if you love God and not religion or race!
Happy Valentine Season!
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