You remember the good old Nature vs. Nurture debate? You know, the one where people believe that environment or nurture made them who they are, while others argue it was the power of flowers or nature?
Allow me to elaborate.
It is believed that birth flowers could help determine a person’s characteristics.
The tradition of giving flowers on birthdays dates back to the Romans. Over time, because flowers were seasonal and different flowers were available at varying times of the year, people started associating them with these months. While these flowers developed meanings of their own, somewhere along the line, the various characteristics of the flowers were thought to be transferred to the person born in the associated month.
Have you ever wondered what flower represents your birth month? And why? Whether you want to purchase a thoughtful flower arrangement for someone special, fill your house with good energy represented by various symbolic flowers, or maybe you’re simply a flower enthusiast who is curious about everything related to flowers, this guide is for you.
So let’s get to it!
January: Carnation & Snowdrop
The carnation is native to many countries across the Mediterranean region, including Greece, Italy, and Spain, where it has been grown and used for thousands of years. Scientifically known as Dianthus Caryophyllus, the carnation’s genus name is thought to translate to ‘divine flower’ from the Greek words dios and anthos. Originally only occurring in a pink-purple colour, they can now be found in almost every colour through breeding and the production of cultivars. Surprise someone today with a delightful bouquet of carnations from Flowers Across Melbourne.
The other January flower is the Snowdrop. With radiant white flowers that dangle languorously from its slender green stem-like elegant beads of snow, it’s clear where this flower gets its common name. Snowdrops belong to the Galanthus group of flowers, which contains about 20 different species, with the Galanthus nivalis being the most popular. Symbolising innocence, purity, and hope, this birth month flower grows well during winter in New South Wales, as well as Tasmania, South Australia, and other cooler areas of Australia.
February: Iris, Violet, and Primrose
The month of February is unique not only in the number of its days but also sets itself apart by having not two but three birth month flowers. Irises are typically found in dry, rocky areas and the most common varieties have a ‘beard’, which is usually a different colour from the rest of the flower petals. In fact, irises come in such a wide variety of colours that the word iris in Greek means ‘rainbow’. And if you ever come across the exceptionally rare black iris then consider yourself very lucky, as it is notoriously elusive. You can purchase an exquisite bouquet of irises for yourself or your Aquarian bestie from Flowers Across Melbourne with same-day delivery.
Violets are thought to represent loyalty, wisdom, faith, and courage. Their flowers typically have five petals and, despite their name, violets come in a variety of different colours, including white and yellow. There are over 500 species of violets that we know of today and they are perfect flowers for the winter season because they survive cold winters well.
As one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, the primrose symbolises youth and new beginnings or new promises. It would therefore make a great gift for a new friendship or as an encouraging gesture to someone embarking on a new venture or chapter in life. Primroses typically flower in clusters and their blooms usually first appear after the 1.5 years mark. They have fairly long lifespans and have been known to live anywhere from 10 to 48 years old.
Gloriously vibrant and uplifting, the magnificent daffodil has been featured in a myriad of noteworthy poems, with the most famous being that of the romantic William Wordsworth. Easy to grow and care for, daffodils are generous bloomers with flowering seasons typically lasting anywhere between six weeks and six months depending on geographical location and breed.
There are about 50 different species of daffodils, which are native to various parts of Northern and Western Europe. In Australia, this birth month flower enjoys the slightly cooler weather of the southern states and performs best when it receives full sun. Scientifically known as Narcissus, daffodils symbolise rebirth and joy, and serve as a reminder that brighter days are coming.
April: Daisy & Sweet Pea
Cheering up April babies with its sunny disposition and joie de vivre is the delightful daisy. With charming upturned flowers that balance on precariously thin, single stems, daisies may seem quite delicate but they are in fact one of the most tolerant and toughest plants out there. They can handle a variety of conditions quite well, including full sun, mild drought, frost, and even salty soil. Symbolising loyalty and innocence, daisies are a popular choice for bridal bouquets.
Sweet peas are absolutely gorgeous flowers with elegant ruffled petals that come in a myriad of pastel colours. Fittingly associated with blissful pleasure, its scientific name, Lathyrus odoratus, translates to ‘very passionate’ from the Greek words la and thyros and ‘fragrant’ from the Latin word odoratus. Native to Italy, sweet peas are renowned for their wonderful scent and many cultivars have been developed with a focus on enhancing their fragrance.
May: Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn
The month of May is related to two rather feisty flowers: Lilies of the Valley and Hawthorns. The Lily of the Valley adds elegance and style, and an alluringly sweet perfume to boot, to practically any flower arrangement. Growing in woodlands and mountain forests, it’s one of the top flowers of choice for royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, do make sure to keep it far away from children and pets because every part of this plant, from its roots to its leaves, flowers, and berries, is poisonous.
Known for the sharp thorns of many of its species, Hawthorns make excellent hedges as they grow thick and fast and can reach over 15 metres tall. However, its initially harsh and forbidding appearance is offset by the delicate white or pink flowers that it produces in late spring and early summer. Belonging to the Crataegus group botanically, which has almost 400 species, it also has medicinal purposes as it is used to help protect against heart disease and help control high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Ah, the flower of love and romance! The rose, affectionately referred to as ‘the queen of flowers’, has a long history that stretches back an estimated 5,000 years. It has been featured in countless aspects of culture from literature and music to fashion, poetry, and religion and its colours represent a myriad of meanings. Red roses represent love, white roses purity, while orange ones signify passion, and pink roses symbolise admiration. A most versatile flower for sure. To purchase your very own rose bouquet of any colour, or even one-of-a-kind Black Roses, visit Flowers Across Melbourne today.
July: Water Lilies & Larkspurs
Looking like majestic floating crowns, water lilies bring much beauty and vitality to otherwise largely uninviting habitats, such as marshes, bogs, and ponds. Fun fact: Blue water lilies are the national flowers of Sri Lanka while white water lilies are the national flowers of Bangladesh. Water lilies, botanically known as Nymphaeaceae, have been known to enhance the beauty of ponds and are a great addition to outdoor water features, aquariums and other water-themed displays.
Producing striking thick spikes of colourful blooms, Larkspurs are definitely a sight to behold. They occur in shades of pink, white, purple, and even blue and can grow up to 3 feet. Once thought to be Delphiniums, Larkspurs are actually botanically known as Consolida ajacis, with the main difference being that Larkspurs are annuals, while Delphiuniums are perennials.
August: Glads & Poppies
Highly ornamental, Glads, also known as Gladiolus, are native to Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eurasia. They are in no hurry when it comes to blooming, with each flower leisurely unfurling one at a time over the course of several weeks during the summer. If you ever find yourself in pursuit of someone, Glads are a great way to symbolise your blossoming affection towards them.
In Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom, poppies are often used to honour people who were lost in battle. Although commonly associated with the United Kingdom, poppies were first officially adopted as symbols of remembrance in the United States after a poem written by a Canadian doctor. Occurring also in white and yellow, poppies grow easily in most soils and reseed themselves regularly.
September: Aster & Morning Glory
If you’re looking to liven up your garden, look no further than the colourful Asters. Bright purple with a yellow centre, Asters are part of the daisy family and the resemblance is quite uncanny. They bloom in autumn and are said to represent strong, powerful love.
Morning glories get their name from the fact that their petals open up in the morning, and then shrivel up and close before noon. A great way to know that lunch is around the corner! Morning glories are fast growers and, as climbers, make lovely covers for walls and fences.
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With their golden colour that can be likened to that of the sun or autumn leaves, Marigolds are native to the southwestern regions of the Americas. Symbolising passion, and creativity, they are often attached to a desire for wealth and a drive to succeed. Though beautiful, it’s best to be careful about putting them in your garden as they often attract bees.
Generally referred to as mums because their full name is a bit of a mouthful, Chrysanthemums. They carry a powerful meaning in Chinese culture, which is where they were first cultivated thousands of years ago, and over the years other countries have also attributed the mum with a variety of significance. In Australia, for example, mums are ‘officially’ the Mother’s Day flower. Mums for mums… how lovely is that?
December: Narcissus (Paperwhite) & Holly
Originally found in the Mediterranean, Paperwhite Narcissus produces a burst of flowers about four to six weeks after planting. They grow well indoors at any time of the year, preferring temperatures of around 21°C. Exhilaratingly fragrant, Paperwhite Narcissus represents vitality, inspiration, and faithfulness, which can make them an excellent anniversary gift.
Hollies are technically not flowers but they do bring out the Christmas spirit. They can grow to a whopping 25 metres and live up to 300 years. They symbolise fertility and happiness and, with their vibrant green leaves and bright red berries, they make great additions to bouquets or as an evergreen garden hedge.
Birth month flowers make excellent birthday gifts because they are specific to individuals and, as a result, feel more personalised and thoughtful. For more gorgeous floral bouquets and birthday gift ideas, visit Flowers Across Melbourne for same-day delivery and great prices.