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Most of us know our zodiac sign and perhaps our birthstone, but few people are familiar with their birthday flower. In times gone by, before omnipresent technology, people would use flowers to communicate and express special messages. Each birth month flower has a unique meaning and character to reflect the personal qualities of the recipient. Here is a list of Birthday flowers so you can find out your own and also find a birthday gift or birthday flower card to send to a loved one.
The carnation is one of the oldest known cultivated flowers and has the symbolic meanings of love, devotion, gratitude and good luck. Pink carnations, associated with love and gratitude are given on mother’s day and carnations are often seen in Renaissance paintings as a symbol of pure love - a perfect romantic flower for a wedding day or an anniversary.
As well as being the first in the year, carnations are also the first wedding anniversary flower. In the greeting card of Pink Carnations I try to capture the soft frilled petals and many shades of pink and have made this available as a print and a canvas print which would make a lovely mother’s day or birthday gift.
The snowdrop birthday flower symbolizes the personality of someone genuine, loving and loyal. Snowdrops are such a delight to paint as they have such beautiful, delicate green patterns on their lantern-like flowers which you can just see in the Snowdrops greeting card, print and Snowdrops Christmas card.
The Violet is the flower for February and is most commonly associated with love, honesty and remembrance. Violets also symbolize modesty and spiritual wisdom - in Renaissance paintings angels and the Virgin Mary are often shown in violet-coloured robes.
Daffodils are the birthday flowers for March. This beautiful flower, a type of narcissus symbolizes creativity and new birth which isn’t surprising as it heralds the Spring and the warm sun to come! I love daffodils so much I have made three greetings cards Spring Daffodils which is a bunch of daffodils and forsythia on a window ledge, a still life card of First Daffodils and Happy Flowers which is a celebration of Spring, they are all are also available as floral art prints and canvas prints.
These two flowers represent innocence, blissful pleasure and purity of spirit. The greeting card and print of Buddleia, Sweet peas and Daisies captures the delicate pastel shades of sweet pea petals and bright white daisies. Daisies also appear in the card Pale Roses and Oxeye daisies a still life painting of flowers in a sunny garden. Sweet peas are often associated with kindness and best wishes and daisies convey a message of hope and joy in new beginnings such as a new job, new home or a birthday.
This delicate flower with its sweet scent and pretty bell-shaped flowers is much loved and is the birthday flower for those born in May. The Lily of the Valley symbolizes humiIity and purity. I grow it in my garden - it was my grandmother’s favourite and am hoping to paint it this year to create a greeting card to celebrate a May birthday.
How lovely to have the rose as your birthday flower - a classic garden flower and a joy to paint in the greeting card Roses and in the card named Pale Roses and Oxeye Daisies. Those born in the month of June have the gift of beauty, love, romance and happiness. Roses and Pale Roses and Oxeye Daisies are also available as art prints and canvas prints.
The July birthday flowers are delphiniums and waterlilies. The Delphinium or Larkspur, a classic cottage-garden plant signifies positivity, a loving nature and grace and the beautiful Water Lily signifies enlightenment and new beginnings. I grew delphiniums in the summer, took lots of photos but alas didn’t get a chance to paint them - hope they come up again and I get a second chance to make a greeting card for July birthday girls and boys!
August birthday flowers are gladiolus and poppies. The majestic gladiolus is named after the latin for ‘sword lily’ and symbolizes honesty and strength of character and the pretty poppy symbolizes love and remembrance.
The two birthday flowers for September are Asters and Morning Glory. Asters are named after the Greek word for stars and are a lovely welcome colour as summer flowers fade. Asters are a symbol of love, affection and wisdom as is the Morning Glory which has a beautiful open blue flower and as the name suggests opens in the morning and lasts just a day.
Marigolds with their strong, vibrant colour symbolize passion, creativity and energy and by contrast Cosmos represents peace and tranquility so perhaps October birthday people symbolize harmony - maybe a bit like the October zodiac sign Libra - one aspect of personality balancing the other!
The birthday flower for November - a beautiful flower and a very welcome display of colour in this winter month. It represents cheerfulness and a happy nature and also joy and peace.
December’s birthday flower the holly, so gorgeous in December is a symbol of protection and defense. I made it part of a Christmas card collection - ‘Yuletide Songs’ and called the card Mistletoe and Holly. The red berries are such a vivid colour against the green, spikey leaves. The narcissus, symbolic of good wishes and protection and features in the print, canvas print and card First Daffodils.