Do you know your birth flower or the birth flower of someone you know? A lot of flowers pertain to the month one is born, you will be the absolute favourite when you present your loved one with a bouquet that includes their birth flowers…… just think how special it will make them feel when you say: “because you’re special you deserve a bouquet that includes your birth flower”. Make a bouquet for someone special and make it even more special with their birth flower!

The phrase “there are no words” is as true today as it ever was, but don’t worry, when there are no words there are always flowers. Every flower has a meaning, and can convey certain emotions, thoughts, or moods to the recipient.

The Carnation is the January birth flower.

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Native to the Mediterranean area, the carnation {dianthus} is a widely cultivated flower and most still have a soft sweet perfume. There was a time when the only flowers one could buy in winter was either the carnation or the chrysanthemum. The carnation went out of fashion for some time but is back with amazing new colours like milka, green and a great deal of bi-colours. The longevity of the carnation is exceptional and makes for a very special gift.

The February birth flower is the Primrose.

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The primrose or primula is derived from the Latin word primus meaning first, I believe it got this name as it was one of the first blooms to arrive in early spring. In their native Europe, primrose’s  have been long associated for its medicinal and culinary uses. An old wives tale is: a primrose leaf rubbed on a tooth for two minutes would be good for a toothache. Although primrose is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, it is edible for humans. The leaves and flowers can be eaten.

The March birth flowers is the Daffodil.

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Daffodils have been featured in several literary works by William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth. Daffodils are a hardy and easy perennial that grows in most regions of North America, except in the hottest, wettest areas, such as South Florida. Daffodils are a fall-planted bulb, so plant them in autumn and they will bloom in late winter or early spring.

The April birth flowers are the Daisy.

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Ah, yes a host of golden daffodils blowing in the wind! Going back to old English, daisy comes from “day’s eye,” because of the way the flower opens at first light and closes its petals at sundown. Daisies can be one of the earliest Spring flowers and the last to appear in the Autumn. Most kids will know the daisy from making Spring necklaces, bracelets and hairbands. The nearest market grown flower to the daisy would be matricaria or chamomile.

The May birth flower is lily of the Valley.

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Has got to be one of the Globe’s cutest blossoms and it’s actually quite easy to grow once it takes hold. Widely use in wedding bouquets, but is expensive by the stem. Dainty white bell shaped blossoms with a faint ethereal fragrance it’s on my favourit’es list.

The June birth flower is the Rose.

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There are so many roses, shrub, standard, climbing, in more colours than you can imagine with the long stemmed red roses still being the most popular flowers for gifting. The rose still remains the most widely marketed and home grown garden flower on the Planet.

The July birth flower is the Delphinium.

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Each colour variation of the Delphinium has a different meaning:

  • Pink means fickleness
  • White conveys a happy nature
  • Purple normally represents a first love
  • Blue signifies grace

Generally, delphinium indicates strong bonds of love.

The August birth flower is the humble Poppy.

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The poppy or Papavour comes in a huge array of sizes and colours although most of us think of a small red flower with a black centre, the poppy is a stunning flower and a garden treat.

  • A red poppy signifies pleasure
  • A white poppy is given for consolation
  • A yellow poppy wishes success

The September birth flower is the Aster.

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Asters are mainly symbols of love. According to folklore they were once burned to ward off evil spirits. Asters add a punch of colour to the late summer and early autumn garden/patio and are very easy care plants that reward you with big bright beautiful blossoms.

The October birth flower is Cosmos.

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Its said that Cosmos are a symbol of peace and serenity. The name Cosmos comes from the Greek kosmos, meaning harmony. Available in pinks, whites and creams.

The birth flower for November is the Chrysanthemum.

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Also known as simply as “mums,” chrysanthemums can be seen in all sorts of autumn decorations. Its original colours were golden hues, though mums now come in many colours—orange, burgundy, purple, red, pink and white and also a great deal of varieties in both single blossoms and spray. Both the beauty and longevity are amazing!

The birth flower for December is Narcissus.

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There are many types of flowers in the genus Narcissus (including the daffodil), however the paperwhite is the winter-growing variety and the birth flower for December. Small cute and highly perfumed can be purchased by the bunch but I prefer the  potted bulbs as they can be planted after flowers for wonderful blossoms every year thereafter.