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.
Birth flowers by month
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. The word Carnation is derived from the Greek work ‘corone’ meaning flower garland. 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. Human definitely send flower on this special day.
March: This month is synonymous with the onset of spring. 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, but the underline message the flowers convey is that of love and passion.
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.
Flower Month Club
Flower of the month club Some florists have started the concept of flowers of the month club. Enrolling yourself into this club, you have the luxury of getting fresh and beautiful flowers delivered at your doorstep. It is a great way of ensuring that your house is full of the seasons’ best day after day through the year. You also have the flexibility of having flowers delivered on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis throughout the year.
It is also a great gifting idea whether for that special someone or as a business gift. The florists take extra care in designing of the bouquet and ensuring that each design is suited to the flowers of the season resulting in a vibrant bouquet.
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