One of the most popular traditions about flowers is giving them to people, whether to represent our feelings, as a form of keepsake, and of course as a gift. We send flowers because they possess such intricate and unique beauty which makes them so special, and we want the person to feel also special. It doesn’t matter whoever that person is because flowers are boundless. Their beauty embraces anyone who knows how to appreciate them.
An important aspect in giving flowers is by knowing the personality of the person we’re sending them to. But in case we don’t, this alternative way to which we can base our choice may help us in our endeavor.
Every month has its own flower which represents the uniqueness of a person born in that month. For a birth flower, it gives more meaning and depth like making our gifts more specialized and thoughtful. So, this birth flower guide aims to give everyone not only assistance but also significance when we give flowers to people.
Carnations symbolize beauty, pride, love, fascination, and distinction. The dark red variants represent deep love and affection, while the light ones for admiration. Pure love and good luck are what the white carnations symbolize, the striped ones mean refusal of a love, yellow for disdain, and violet for capriciousness. But the very symbolic significance of carnations is with the pink variants that represent the Virgin Mary’s tears upon seeing Jesus’ plight. Pink carnations have said to have sprung up from the ground and thus remain to be a symbol of a mother’s undying love. Its Latin name is dianthus meaning “divine flower”.
Iris expresses peace of mind, friendship, faith, hope, and wisdom. It’s from a genus of flowering plants with a Greek name meaning rainbow that refers to the wide variety of colors found in each of its species. The warm and deep color of the iris is an indication of the luxuries of the spring season aside from the fact that February has been known to be a month of romance and love.
In the language of flowers, daffodils represent chivalry, respect, modesty, and faithfulness. They can mean rebirth and hope because they’re one of the first flowers of spring, and also unrequited love.
Having a name derived from “day’s eye” because of its head closes at night and opens in the morning, daisy is associated with innocence. As a birth flower, it also means simplicity and modesty.
May: Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley has a meaning of humility, chastity, sweetness, and purity. It’s a wonderfully fragrant flower and a real beauty with its delicate white blossoms. It also means the return of happiness. Due to its bell shaped flowers hanging down from the stem, it’s known as “the ladder to heaven”. It has a specific name called majalis which means “that which belongs to May”.
Rose is the ancient symbol of love and beauty. It’s the flower of passion as it’s believed to be the flower which Aphrodite the goddess of love gave to Eros the god of love. Rose comes in variety of hues which also carry different symbolic meanings. Red means love. Pink means grace. Dark pink means gratitude. Light pink means admiration and sympathy. White means innocence, purity, secrecy, reverence, and humility. Yellow means dying love or platonic love. Orange means passion. Burgundy means beauty. Blue means mystery.
As it’s already stated, flowers possess a beauty that’s unique to each other like how a person differs from another person. For this reason, flowers are also chosen to symbolize the birth of a person according to month. Here is the second part of our subject about birth flowers to continue to give meaning and depth whenever we send flowers to people who are special to us.
Larkspur signifies lightness, levity, laughter, and relaxing energy. It’s a prized cut flower that blooms between June and September. Having connections to Saint Odile, this flower was a popular medicine used against eye diseases.
It is the flower that signifies strength of character, sincerity, and generosity. It looks like a sword with its tall stalks, hence deriving its name after the gladiators. It comes in every color except blue.
This flower is a symbol of love, afterthought, faith, wisdom, valor, and light. Its name came from a Greek word for “star”, which refers to the shape of the flower head. Its unique and delicate purple color suggests the core aspect of the Self being brought to high spiritual level of expression. While its well defined physical structure and strong integrative features are thought to be qualities of strength, immunity, and integration. It also symbolizes patience and daintiness and considered as a classic autumn flower.
Also known as calendula, Marigold is the October birth flower. Because its flower head follows the sun, marigold is also called “summer bride” or “husbandmans dial”. Its name means “winning grace” and considered once to be the most sacred of flowers, thus symbolizes sacred affection.
This beautiful November birth flower symbolizes cheerfulness, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, and wealth. Although the red variant means love, the yellow one means slighted love, and the white means truth. It’s also known as mums, although its original name is derived from Greek prefix chrys-, which means golden, and suffix –anthemon, meaning flower by Carolus Linnaeus, the famous taxonomist in 17th century. It is also bears the symbol of the sun.
Poinsettias equal celebration, success, reassurance, and good cheer. Also known as the Christmas Star, it is revered for its striking red displays at Christmas time and is associated with it. The legend tells about the child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ, but with all humility and love, picked some weeds and brought them into the church. The weeds bloomed into red and green flowers making the Christmas miracle.
Now we have completed the birth month flowers and we hope that this gives you a clear idea of how flowers can really serve as personalized gift. You can order flowers every now and then and give them to people but the beauty lies on the fact that you know why you chose those flowers.