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When choosing flowers, it’s quite common to select an arrangement based on a floral variety, colour, styling and scent. But you may not be aware that there’s another way you can make your floral selection – choosing flowers based on a birth month, otherwise known as birth flowers.

When were birth flowers first introduced?

Birth flowers became significant in the Victorian era and were introduced by Lady Montague when she developed the Language of Flowers.

Why were flowers given different meanings?

The Language of Flowers imparts flowers with different meanings of love and affection. Because the Victorian era was so conservative, specific flowers were often used to convey hidden messages and feelings.

What are the different birth flowers?

January: The birth flower for January is the Carnation and it’s believed to symbolise fascination, love and distinction.

February: February’s birth flower is the Iris, which is thought to relate to chastity, faithfulness and humility.

March: Symbolic of an angelic persona, the flower for March is Daffodil.

April: There are two birth flowers for April, the Sweet Pea and the Daisy. Sweet Pea portrays pleasure or goodbye, whereas the Daisy has a multitude of meanings including purity, beauty, cheerfulness and innocence.

May: Lily is the birth flower for May and conveys sweetness and humility.

June: The birth flower for June is the rose, whose hidden messages range from professing love, unworthiness and inseparability.

July: Larkspur is the flower for July and has secret meanings of fickleness, openness and joyfulness.

August: Love at first site is the meaning attributed to August’s birth flower, which is Gladiolus.

September: The birth flower for September is Aster, symbolic of love, wisdom and faith.

October: Marigold is the birth flower for October, which portrays sorrow or sympathy.

November: The hidden meanings for November’s birth flower, Chrysanthemum, are cheerfulness and love.

Narcissus and Poinsettia are December’s birth flowers, the earlier meaning sweetness and the latter love.

Once you’ve found your perfect new bouquet of birth flowers, get our 5 easy ways to keep your flowers fresh. Or for assistance with your floral selection, speak to our friendly team at Lucy’s Florist today!

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