Did you know that apart from birthstones, we also have birth flowers? If you are not a particular fan of crystals and prefer good old metal jewellery, then I have something really interesting for you - birth flower necklaces! The flowers are engraved on a silver or gold-plated pendant and such pieces make a fantastic birthday present. But today, I am here to tell you more about these flowers and what sentiments they are connected with.
January - Carnation
The carnation is a symbol of deep affection, lasting love and fidelity. It is a traditional flower used at royal ceremonies in ancient Greece, and its name is derived from the word "coronation". Naturally, carnations grow in pink-purple shades, but many other colours have been developed through selective breeding. Have a friend born in January (like me 🥳)? Give them a garnet bracelet with a carnation-imprinted pendant.
February - Violet
As you already know, the February birthstone is amethyst, which happens to be purple. So, it comes as no surprise that the birth flower for this month is violet. Violets represent modesty, wisdom and virtue. They also resemble irises, which are the second official February birth flowers. As an interesting side note, the iris is the French national symbol.
March - Daffodil and Cherry Blossom
In March, you will also see two suggestions for birth flowers. The Daffodil is a special flower for the people of Wales, who believe it brings joy and wealth. Daffodils are usually given on St. David's Day, Wales's national holiday. The flower itself is connected to good luck and rebirth, but in some cultures is also linked to vanity.
Cherry blossom, on the other hand, is one of the most popular Japanese symbols, and it is naturally associated with the beginning of spring.
April - Daisy
Daisies are sweet, playful and delicate flowers, just like many of the people born in April happen to be. In the Nordic culture, daisies are closely linked with Freya - the goddess of love and fertility and represent the joining of two parents, childbirth and innocence.
May - Lilly of the Valley
Lilly of the valley is one of the most mentioned flowers in the Bible and therefore has strong links with Christianity. It is also the birth flower for those born in May. It symbolises purity, humility and
sweetness. Being so delicate and sweet, this is one of the most preferred flowers for bridal bouquets too.
June - Rose
Roses are indeed the most widely recognisable flowers in the world and a universal symbol of love and beauty. People born in June are lucky to have this gorgeous and heavenly-fragrant plant as their birth flower. Each rose colour has its own meaning and conveys different emotions when given to another person.
July - Lotus
Lotuses are deeply embedded in many Asian cultures. They close their petals every night and bloom all over again in the morning. Because of this, they are considered a representation of rebirth and spiritual awakening. For people born in July, the lotus helps strengthen their connection with the Higher Self.
August - Poppy
August babies have one of the common wildflowers growing on fields to guide them in life. It's the poppy. Delicate and gentle, the poppy symbolises love, marriage, family and dedication. In England, poppies are specially respected as one of the symbols commemorating all those who gave their lives in the World Wars.
September - Peony
Peony is a truly fascinating flower, which blooms for over 100 years! It is a symbol of longevity and strong faith. If you or someone you love were born in September, then a peony-imprinted piece of jewellery is a fantastic adornment to add to a daily outfit.
October - Marigold
People born in October have marigolds as their birth flowers. Because of its vibrant yellow-orange colour, it is closely associated with the sun. Many religions worldwide appreciate and respect that flower, including Christianity, Hinduism and even the ancient Aztecs. Marigold is also a representation of grace, comfort and contentment.
November - Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums come from China, but ever since they were imported to Europe in the 15th century, they have become one of the most sought-after flowers. Those beauties come is different colours, but the original is white-yellow, resembling gold, which also prompted the Greeks to give the flower its current name. Chrysanthemums speak about friendship, compassion and joy and are the birth flowers for November babies.
December - Holly
Were you even a tiny bit surprised to find out that hollies are the December birth flowers? With this month mostly associated with Christmas almost everywhere across the globe, it is not hard to imagine that the symbolic flower for December would be something we put in Christmas wreaths. But to be fair, hollies are not actual flowers. They are trees which give red fruits in winter, resembling berries. Besides the most joyous Christian holiday, hollies are also associated with peace, wealth and success. Lucky December babies!
Now that you know all birth flowers by month, why don't you share with me what's yours? I'm really curious!