Special Flower for September

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The special flower for September according to the British Florist Association is

the aster.

The aster, says Interflora, represents both love and daintiness. The flowers are also associated with wisdom, valour and faith, making them a great choice for dear friends and family members.

Reminiscent of a daisy, the aster is named after the Greek word for ‘star’ and, if you look at the shape of the flower, it’s clear to see why.

These delightful flowers bloom all year round and are one of the most vibrant in the autumn months.

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image credit https://pixabay.com/en/herbstastern-asters-autumn-flowers-2773261/

Robert Frost:

“I end not far from my going forth

By picking the faded blue

Of the last remaining aster flower

To carry again to you.”

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More Gladioli for August

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The special flower for the month of August is the Gladioli and these three paintings show the flower at its best.

Vase with Red Gladioli by Vincent van Gogh 1886

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image credit Vincent van Gogh [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gladioli and Asters un-named artist

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image credit By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada (Netherlands-4044 – Gladioli and Asters) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Gladioli in a Vase by Pierre Auguste Renoir 1875

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image credit Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Special flower for August

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The special flower for the month of August is the gladiolus – or gladioli if you’ve  bunch of them.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac the gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation.

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image credit https://pixabay.com/en/flower-garden-flora-nature-leaf-3279106/

The other August flower is the poppy.

A red poppy signifies pleasure;
A white poppy is given for consolation; and,
A yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

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image credit https://pixabay.com/en/brandenburg-germany-nature-poppy-50492/

The Interflora website explains that

August’s birth flower gets its name from the Latin ‘gladius’, meaning ‘sword’, which is why you may have heard it called ‘sword-lily’. The name in fact is a reference to the sword-swinging gladiators of ancient Rome. Back then, when gladiators literally fought to the death in the arena, the victor was showered in gladioli. It is for this reason that gladioli are said to embody strength, generosity and moral integrity.

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image credit https://pixabay.com/en/gladiole-gladioli-garden-flowers-2649175/

The British Florist Association

says that Gladioli are known to symbolise strength of character, faithfulness, integrity, infatuation, and persistence. Beyond these meanings, the birth flower for August carries other meanings that differ by colours;

Red gladioli symbolises – love.
Pink gladioli symbolises – compassion.
White gladioli symbolises – innocence.
Yellow gladioli symbolises – joy.
Purple gladioli symbolises – charm and grace.

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image credit https://pixabay.com/en/gladiolus-gladioli-plant-flower-2367076/

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Special flower for July

The special flower for July is

Larkspur

or Delphinium as it’s otherwise known.

Strong bonds of love are represented by Larkspur.

There are different meanings for each colour.

Pink denotes contrariness,

white expresses a happy nature,

and a first love is usually symbolized by purple larkspur.

Still Life with Larkspur and Fruits by Felix Esterl 1927

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via WikiCommons Public domain

Larkspur by Lovis Corinth 1924

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[Public domain], via Wikimedia Common
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La Vie en Rose

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I always thought La Vie en Rose was an Edith Piaf song but according to this Youtube description, the song was first sung by Marianne Michel.

Piaf was involved in the writing of the song but thought it was too mournful until the song began to become popular and she remembered her role in its creation.

There are countless Youtube renditions  of La Vie en Rose but  I especially liked this Andrea Bocelli version….

… and eight year old Erza in the final of the 2014 France’s Got Talent.

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Yorkshire Rose Queen 1931

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This is a fantastic Pathé News clip from 1931.

It’s filmed in Scarborough, Yorkshire, a place I know well.

The procession goes to The Spa and it’s interesting to see the “bandstand” before it was enclosed.

Scarborough The Spa
image credit: Stephen McCulloch / Eating alfresco at The Spa via WikiCommons

In case you don’t know Scarborough, this is The Spa complex now.

Scarborough The Spa

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The special flower for June is the rose.

I found some lovely rose photos for my June 1st blogpost.

Today’s roses are all works of art!

Roses, Tulips et Lilas dans un vase de Christal by Edouard Manet 1881

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image credit: [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Roses by Kida Kinjiro  1962

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image credit: By English: Kida Kinjiro日本語: 木田金次郎 (「木田金次郎画集」木田金次郎美術館、1999年) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Rose Arches at Giverny by Claude Monet 1913

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image credit: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1888

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image credit: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Girl with Roses by Vasily Tropinin 1850

roses
image credit: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Special flower for June

roses

Humility, chastity and sweetness are the characteristics of June’s special flower – the rose.

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image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/bouquet-cloves-roses-romantic-1463562/

But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
Anne Brontë

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image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/flowers-nature-blossoms-stems-2607771/

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
H.L. Mencken

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image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/bouquet-flowers-pink-2187891/

I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.
L.M. Montgomery

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image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/book-book-pages-read-roses-1769228/

There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair.
Daphne du Maurier,

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image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/rose-autumn-flower-blossom-bloom-2842982/

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