Did you know there are birth flowers?
Have you seen our gorgeous birth flower range? We would love to let you all know a little bit more behind the design!
Here at Solesmith, our creative minds were sparked when we discovered the huge amount of meaning behind flowers. Not only are there zodiac star signs and birth stones, there are birth flowers. Every birthday has a flower, and every flower has many different personalities and characteristics linked to it, including birthdays!
Today, sending any flowers is just a bloomin’ lovely gesture, (yes I got a flower pun in there!) Nature truly is a beautiful thing! However, if you embrace the ‘dictionary of flowers’ (it’s a real thing, promise) you could apply a whole new meaning and add a lovely sentiment with your next bunch of flowers.
The meanings behind flowers date back, it is said, to Roman times. However, it was the Victorians that ran with the idea. The prim and proper people of the time found a new way to communicate just with flowers! There were no dms to slide in to or swiping on tinder, so what was the next best thing express your interest? Sending secret messages with flowers, obviously! The choice of prominent flower in the bouquet was very important, it was this that would send your message. The Victorians even documented the massive amount of attached flowers meanings in to a dictionary, ‘The Language of Flowers’.
Let’s take a leap out of their book and say more with flowers!
We’d love to let you know a little bit more about your birth flower. Find yours, and see how much it matches your personality?
Carnations are the perfect flower for January, as they can thrivein the winter! The carnation is said to mean love and devotion. This means January babies are supposedly meant to make loyal friends. Although the colour of the carnation can change the meaning, sadly yellow carnations can mean rejection! We think they’re beautiful all the same!
February has several birth flowers. The Iris, Violet and Primose are all associated with the month. For our designs, we chose the Iris, because well, it’s just a beautiful flower. It seems only fitting that this month is all about love! The violet is said to represent love and fertility. The Iris, shares its name with the Greek God of the rainbow. Which perfectly represents the wide array of colours the iris can be found in.
We love the fact that these flowers fit so perfectly with their month! Daffodils are the just the embodiment of spring and so it seems only right the birth flower for March is the Daffodil. Daffodils, or otherwise known as being part of the narcissus family, are said to be named after the Greek mythology character, Narcissus himself. Like their namesake these flowers can be a symbol of vanity!
But it’s not all bad though, the daffodil is a positive symbol of rejuvenation and new starts, just like spring.
The birth flower for April is the modest Daisy. The daisy is linked to so many of our childhood memories and fun, whether it was making daisy chains or playing ‘He loves me, he loves me not?’ Therefore, it only makes sense that this flower carries meanings such as purity and innocence and loyalty. Did you know daisies close at night and reopen come morning? (Maybe it’s just me!) This is whythe name itself, is said to be derived from ‘day’s eye’.
This flower is a very exclusive flower indeed. Good enough for Royal brides, then it’s good enough for you May babies. The flower is known for it’s sweet fragrance and therefore is said to symbolise sweetness itself. May is the fitting month for this very elusive flower, as it’s very brief season ends in May, having only begun in March.
If you think of flowers, you think of Roses, right? The classic beautiful flower is the go-to gift for any love birds, and this association with love dates back centuries, even to Greeks and Romans. The rose always carries meanings of love and beauty. However, the colour and even the number of roses can send a different message.
This flower has slightly beginnings from our previous flowers. This flower is commonly known to have gotten its name from resembling a larks foot. However, Native American stories tell of a heavenly celestial being descending with a long spike made up of pieces of parted sky. As this being climbed down however, the spike was died by the sun and shattered in to pieces. These pieces of sky flew in the wind and wherever they landed, Larkspur would grow. Which is a rather lovely story. The flower carries associations with strong bonds of love and joy.
The gorgeous gladiolus are said to represent remembrance and calm. The late summer flower gets its name from the Latin word ‘gladius’, meaning sword. Named so because in Ancient Rome after the victorious Gladiator had won he was showered in gladioli. This also links the flower to symbols of strength.
The Aster is one of the few flowers that bloom all year round, and being one of the most lively and vibrant in the Autumn means this flower is perfect for September. The aster has many connotations, faith, valour, wisdom and elegance.
Another flower that thrive through the autumn months, the marigold is the perfect flower for October. There are hardy and determined much like those born in this month. The golden blooms are said to resemble the golden sun. Therefore, the flower is often associated with warmth, passion and optimism.
Chrysanthemums or ‘mums are one of the most popular flowers. The flower is said to bring joy, happiness and luck. This flower has so much meaning in Japan, that they even have a day to celebrate it.
This birth flower is just too perfect for December! The poinsettia is one of the few plants that naturally flower in winter and therefore, was warmly embraced to symbolise Christmas. The poinsettia originated from Central America and Mexico, it was grown in the winter months as a burst of colour. The flowers convey messages of respect, cheer and faithfulness.