You may know that each month has a special gemstone representing it. Some believe that for those who wear the specified gemstone on their birthday month, they can reap the benefits of the hidden astrological powers within the stone. We can’t speak to whether this is true or just a fantastic marketing campaign, but did you know that just like gemstones there are flowers associated with each month?
The selection of each flower is not based on hidden powers within the flowers, but on the beauty, color, and aroma they convey during their displayed month. Each flower holds its own personality and invites its own magical experience for those that receive and display them. Flowers have the power to lift us up from a bad day and start anew. They possess the ability to turn an ordinary room into a warm and inviting sanctuary. They may or may not posses the “magic” of a gemstone, but they can certainly put a smile on our loved one’s faces, and that is true magic to most. Let’s explore each month’s flower in more depth and discuss why they represent their month the best.
Flower By Month
Known as “The Flowers of God”, it was first used in Ancient Greece and has been grown commercially since the 1950’s. Carnations have increased in popularity due to their numerous color varieties. Each color posses a certain meaning, with the general meaning of the carnation being “fascination” and “a woman’s love”.
Interesting Fact: Carnation blooms, even when cut, last a very long time and are recommended for those searching for longer lasting floral arrangements.
Iris are a spring flowering plant, usually possessing asymmetrical flowers. Colors vary between blue, yellow, and white.
Interesting Fact: Ancient Greeks considered the Iris the symbol of fertility and love. This symbolic notion of love was demonstrated in myths as a key ingredient in love potions. The Greeks commonly used violets as herbal remedies and sweetening agents for foods as well.
Iris means rainbow and is fitting for this flower as its color variety is seen spanning the color wheel from white to black and most everything in between. This flower’s diversity is not limited to color, as it is reflected in their habitats. Irises can grow in deserts, swamps, temperate and cold, northern climates.
Interesting Fact: Iris is a Greek goddess; whose job title is the messenger of love and whose favorite route of transportation is the rainbow. According to Greek mythology, this flower symbolizes communication and messages.
The trumpet-shaped flower is the symbol of friendship. Daffodils have a gorgeous star shape background to contrast their erupting trumpet center. Originating from the Mediterranean, the flower’s popularity began to rise in the 1600’s.
Interesting Fact: In Britain, the sap from the Daffodils was believed to hold healing powers. Unfortunately, we now know this was a misguided belief as the sap contains irritants and is not advised for medicinal application.
Daisies are wonderfully simple flowers that emit happiness and feelings of purity. It makes sense that they symbolize new beginnings and are perfect for the welcoming arrival of spring.
Interesting Fact: You can eat the leaves of the Daisy, which are great additions to a spring salad.
Flower: Lily of the Valley
The Lily of the Valley symbolizes the return of happiness and is perfect for May. Their bell-shaped flowers are short lived, up to a week, so make sure you time your arrangement accordingly.
Interesting Fact: The Lily of the Valley is prized for its fragrant aroma and is a great aromatic enhancer for your living room or bathroom.
Roses are symbols of love, beauty and war. The red rose has become synonymous with love and is most certainly one of the most popular flowers of ancient and modern times.
Interesting Fact: Fossils of roses have been recovered in Colorado that suggest this flower species is over 35 million years old.
This tall irregular shaped flower is an excellent option for those looking to fill a long neck vase. Generally, these exotic flowers are rather fragile and short lived, so make sure you plan accordingly if you wish to place them in an arrangement.
Interesting Fact: Delphinium is a toxic if consumed by humans and cattle, but sheep seem to be immune to the plant. This has led to cattle ranchers using sheep as biological weed whackers to help eliminate the plant and reduce the exposure of Larkspur to their cattle.
The most distinguishing feature of this flower is its brilliant display of spike like flowers. The Gladiolus are perennials that possess a variety of sophisticated colors making them perfect for any August arrangement.
Interesting Fact: Its name is derived from the word xiphos, meaning sword. It shares the name of the actual sword used by combat infantry of the Roman Army and the flower was the symbol the Roman Gladiators.
Distinguished by their five blue petals, the Forget-me-nots are native to New Zealand and is the state flower of Alaska.
Interesting Fact: The legend of the forget-me-not begins with a medieval knight and his love strolling along a river. In his arms, the knight carried a bouquet of the Forget-me-nots. According to lore, the knight stumbles into the river and, weighed down by his armor, begins to sink. In his final seconds, he throws his lady the flowers and shouts, “forget me not”.
Marigolds are hardy flowers that display stunning colors of crimson, yellow, orange and white. They are perfect compliments to any fall floral arrangement.
Interesting Fact: Marigolds begin flowering in June and will continue to flower up until the first frost.
Derived from the Greek word, “Chrys” meaning golden and “Anthemon” meaning flower. Their colors are not limited to their native golden namesake as white, purple and red varieties are very popular. They are symbol of joy and optimism, making them a perfect flower to finish your fall arrangements.
Interesting Fact: Arriving in Japan in 400 AD, the Chrysanthemum was so prized that it was featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan.
A universal favorite for Christmas decoration, their striking red and green displays make them a great fit for the holiday season.
Interesting Fact: Poinsettias have the potential to reach very tall heights, and if cultivated under the right conditions have been known to reach heights of 16 feet!