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Birth Flowers: What Are They, And What Is Yours?

Birth Flowers: What Are They, And What Is Yours?

As they rise in popularity, you might have seen the term "birth flowers" around, especially on gift items. One of the questions I get asked every time I show off my birth flower jewellery is ... what are they? We know what flowers are of course, but many don't know that each birth month has a corresponding flower, in much the same way as birthstones are connected to each month of the year. 
Let's take a look at what birth flowers are, what they represent and which flower is associated with your month of birth!

What Are Birth Flowers

As I mentioned above, each birth month has a corresponding birth flower. Each has a particular meaning, which we'll look into too. It's worth noting that there isn't just one birth flower associated with each month, but a couple. This also happens with birthstones, where there are multiple stones which represent the months. This means you can pick the flower you feel most represents you!

January: Snowdrop/Carnation

If you're born in January, your birth flowers are carnations and snowdrops. You may be familiar with snowdrops from seeing them poke their pretty, white heads out from the ground in early spring, heralding the oncome of warmer months. They represent hope and purity. 

Carnations are made up from pretty ruffled petals, and represent love and loyalty. They bloom for much of the year, so they also show endurance and perseverance in all conditions. 

February: Violet/Primrose

The pretty, heart-shaped petals of the violet are apt for the month of love! They represent virtue and modesty, and have a strong purple colour.

The primrose is another of the first flowers we see calling in the Spring months, and they represent youthfulness. 

March: Daffodil/Jonquil

More commonly, the daffodil represents March. The cheerful and vivid yellow heads of daffodils with their distinctive trumpets can be seen strewn around the countryside and roadside throughout Spring. They represent life and new beginnings.

Jonquil are also vividly yellow, suggesting March babies to be of a happy disposition indeed! They represent joy and hope and optimism. 

April: Daisy/Sweet Pea

The sweet and happy daisy represents April babies, with its soft petals and strong presence in the ground. It represents loyalty, motherhood and innocence.

Also standing for the April crowd is the heady sweet pea. They represent pleasure and bliss. 

May: Lily of the Valley/Hawthorn

For May, we have lily of the valley, representing sweetness and purity. With their short blooming season, they are a brief joy. 

Pretty hawthorn blooms are symbolic of love and protection, and are steeped in Irish folklore. 

June: Rose/Honeysuckle

Most of us are familiar with the rose. A popular symbol of love, they also stand for friendships and family, as well as beauty.

Sweetly scented honeysuckle represents sweetness, devotion and happiness and their pastel coloured blooms are sure to brighten up anyone's day.

July: Larkspur/Water Lily

Colourful larkspurs represent love and positivity, as well as having an open heart.

Water lilies represent rebirth and fertility, as well as purity. They are not a form of lily at all, and have a great deal of lore associated with Hindu and Buddhism. 

August: Gladiolus/Poppy

In summertime, you may see the stunning gladiolus bloom. They represent strength, power and integrity. 

Poppies have a range of appearances and meanings, with the red poppy being strongly associated with remebrance. Poppies also have connections to relaxation and healing. 

September: Aster/Morning Glory

The star shaped aster is a pretty sight in any garden, and represents wisdom, faith and love.

Morning glories have flowers that last but a day, and represent affection and life, and spontaneity. 

October: Marigold/Cosmos

Vivid marigolds represent October babies. They are hardy, and represent strength and determination. 

Bright cosmos also stand for October, and they have meanings such as peace, loyalty and love. 

November: Chrysanthemum

Beautifully colourful chrysanthemum is November's birth flower, representing luck, joy and happiness. 

December: Narcissus/Holly

Despite the name, narcissus flowers don't just represent vanity but also rebirth and beginnings and loyalty. 

We are all familiar with holly, with its connections to Christmas and the winter season. It is an evergreen, representing life and friendship and love. 

Now you know what your birth flower is, why not see what flowers represent your loved ones and compile a special family bouquet? Grow your own, or have some special jewellery made with your chosen birth flowers. See our best selling birth flower jewellery HERE


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