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Each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of somebody's birth. 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 categorizations offered by florists.
In a cultural sense, flower characteristics such as appearance, color, and scent, have relevance as gifts. It is believed that it were the Romans who started celebrating birth and birthdays using flowers. Seasonal flowers were used not just for decoration, but also taken as gifts and therefore can probably be credited with the tradition of birth flowers. Some have been inspired by this tradition to create lists that associate a birthday flower with each of the days in a year.
List of birth-flowers
|January||Carnation||love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal|
|February||Violet||faithfulness, wisdom and hope|
|March||Daffodil||spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect, regard and friendship|
|April||Sweet Pea||modesty and simplicity|
|May||Lily of the Valley||humility, chastity, and sweetness|
|June||Rose||love and appreciation, while other meanings depends on each color|
|July||Larkspur||levity and lightness|
|September||Aster/Forget-me-not||patience, daintiness and remembrance|
|October||Misty blue limonium||mist of the water,controlling its movement|
|November||Chrysanthemum||compassion, friendship, and secret love|
|December||Narcissus||the sweetness of whoever receives it|
|January||carnation||Fascination, Distinction, and Love.|
|February||Primrose||Modesty, distinction, and virtue|
|March||Daffodil||Spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, vanity|
|April||Daisy/Peony||Innocence, loyal love, gratitude, and healing|
|May||Hawthorn/Lily of the Valley||Happiness, humility and sweetness|
|June||Rose/honeysuckle||Love, gratitude, appreciation|
|July||Water Lily/Delphinium/Larkspur||Joyful, fickleness, sweet|
|September||Morning glory/Aster||Daintiness, love, magic|
|October||Calendula/(Marigold)||winning grace; protection; comfort; healing|
|November||Chrysanthemum||Cheerfulness, friendship, abundance|
|December||Holly/Narcissus||sweetness, self-esteem, vanity.|
Flowers By Month Explanation
Enumerated below are flowers of the month and their special meanings which are associated with specific months. It would be a helpful guide for gifting flowers for someone’s birthday. The language of flowers was introduced to England in the early 18th century by Mary Wortley, Lady Montague, whose husband was Ambassador to Turkey.
January: Though this cold and gloomy season seems like an unlikely time for flowers to bloom, but nature has designed flowers which love the extreme weather. The flower associated with the month is Carnation and is said to symbolise love, fascination and distinction. Carnation, which is also commonly called Gillyflower, is found in a number of colors from pink to purple-red.
February: This month is associated with St. Valentine’s Day and red roses. However, the flower for the month is Violet. The flower symbolises faithfulness, humility and chastity. Gifting violets in the Victorian era conveyed the message’ I’ll always be true’. The flower is found in shades of blue, mauve as well as yellow and cream.
March: This month is synonymous with the onset of spring (in the Northern Hemisphere). Accordingly the flower associated with this month is Daffodil also known as Jonquil or Narcissus. The colours of the bloom include white, yellow and orange. A gift of these flowers conveys the hidden meaning of friendship and happiness.
April: This month is associated with Sweet pea flower which bloom in a wide range of soft colors as well as two tone colours. It is said to symbolise pleasure or good-bye. In the Victorian era, these flowers formed a part of the bouquet which was sent to someone to convey gratefulness.
May: The month of May is associated with the Lily of the valley flower. It is generally white in colour. The flower conveys sweetness and humility. In the Victorian era, it was gifted to convey the romantic message ‘you have made my life complete’.
June: Rose is the flower of this month. Though roses are available in many colors from red to pink to white to yellow, all with their own special meanings, the underlying message the flowers convey is that of love and passion.
July: Larkspur is the flower for July. With its simple form, feelings of open heart and ardent attachment are attributed to it.
September: Aster or September flower is the flower for this month. It is found in a number of colours – pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. The name of the flower which looks like a star is derived from the Greek word for star. The flower symbolises love, faith, wisdom and colour.
October: Marigold or Calendula is the flower associated with October. For the Hindus, the month of October is associated with festivals like Dusshera and Diwali and Marigold, an auspicious flower is part of religious ceremonies. However, in the English culture, marigold stands for sorrow and sympathy.
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