Every month has birthstones, but did you know that each month also has birth flowers ? How did this come to be?
There are many legends about the history of birth flowers, and the consensus seems to be that they
originated during ancient Greece. The altars of the twelve Greek gods were decorated with flowers in honor of their birthdays. Each god was believed to have a distinct personality as well as a favorite flower so these plants became imbued with meaning and served as living connections to the gods.
Over the years, folklore has surrounded the significance of various flowers and plants. Although they were originally used as a decoration, flowers came to be used as symbolic gifts associated with specific meanings and a month. People all over the world give flowers to celebrate special occasions. Most months have a couple of birth flowers to choose from and they are usually received in delight as beautiful expressions of caring.
When selecting flowers, we are often swayed by their coloration and aroma; including flowers with symbolic meaning makes the bouquet more sentimental. Most florists are familiar with the significance of each flower and sometimes list them in categories.
We’ve created a birth flower chart for your reference and enjoyment.
April Birth Flowers: Daisy
Innocence, Secrecy, I’ll Never Tell, Purity, Love, Cheerfulness, Youthfulness, Bringer of Good Fortune, Loyalty
Daisies are highly popular flowers with a long and rich history. Cultures around the world have legends associated with the daisy and they have been found in stone carvings going back to 3000 BC.
The name daisy may be explained by its natural behavior; the whole head of the flower closes up at night and opens up again in the morning. Its button-like center, a densely packed cluster of many florets could be that of as a ‘days eye’. Some say the word daisy comes from the Greek translation meaning pearl because when millions of daisies are seen in an open field, they can look like pearls.
The daisy flower captures the essence of Spring with its happy-go-lucky, forever-young attitude and is thought to bring good fortune. Remember playing the game where you pluck the petals and ask a question? He loves me, he loves me not….. The daisy is thought of as the flower of love that conquers all due to its association with April and the goddesses of Love, Venus and Aphrodite. There is a story in Roman mythology of a nymph who transformed herself into a daisy to escape unwanted attention from one of the gods; giving daisies the added meaning of innocence. In Victorian times, daisies stood for loyalty and trust. The daisy is also historically given between friends with an intention to keep a secret hence the interpretation of, “I’ll never tell”.
Along with their rich symbolic meanings, daisies are ubiquitous and versatile. They propagate easily, make up nearly ten percent of all flowering plants on earth and are found on every continent except for Antarctica. Additionally they have edible leaves and medicinal healing properties. They are one of the most popular flowers in the world.
April Birth Flowers: Sweet Pea
Blissful Pleasure, Delicate Pleasure, Good-bye, Gratitude
The lovely sweet pea is a climbing garden plant known as the “Queen of the Annuals”. This fragrant flower can be traced back to 17th century Italy and was brought to England and cultivated for its sweet aroma. Its horticultural name, Lathyrus odorous, is derived from the Greek for pea and the Latin for fragrant.
These flowers gained popularity in late Victorian gardens and were included in gift bouquets sent to convey gratitude. They are considered to be the floral emblem of Edwardian England and were an important part of floral arrangements for every wedding and dinner party during that period. Additional meanings of the sweet pea are delicate pleasure, blissful pleasure and good-bye.
The sweet pea continues to be used in floral decorations and wedding bouquets for its exquisitely soft, paper-like texture, its pretty pastel color palette ranging from purples, pinks and creams to salmon as well as two-toned varieties and its sweet fruity fragrance. But beware, despite its name and delicious perfume, the seeds of the sweet pea are poisonous if ingested.
If you choose to grow sweet pea, keep in mind that the vines need full sun and rich, well-drained soil to flourish. They have plentiful blossoms and are great cutting flowers for decoration. The Farmer’s Almanac recommends that you, “Gather the flowers in the morning when the dew is still on them. This is when their scent is the sweetest.” You can even use their dried petals to make a delightful potpourri.
Every month has its own meaningful flowers and we hope you enjoy perusing them in our chart. Birth flowers make for wonderful gifts filled with symbolism and also inspire some of most unique designs including our vine-like flower lariats.
So here’s to flowers, they bring us inspiration and joy. One of our favorite poets sums it up well:
The earth laughs in flowers.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson