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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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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Special flower for August

gladioli

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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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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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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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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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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Larkspur by Lovis Corinth 1924

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

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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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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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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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Why is the beautiful Taraxacum so despised?

dandelion

My garden has a wonderful collection of the Taraxacum flower.

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I think they are really beautiful. The bright yellow flowers brighten the garden on even the dullest day.

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And the seed head must be one of the finest in the world.

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So why is the dandelion so loathed and the number one contender for eradication by the majority of gardeners?

The Royal Horticultural Society says:

Dandelion is a persistent, perennial weed of lawns, borders and hard surfaces. It’s difficult to eradicate dandelions by digging alone as the deep tap root can regrow and fluffy seeds are readily spread by the wind.

Well, I think dandelions are lovely and I’m pleased to find that Garden Betty agrees with me!

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How about you?

Love them or loathe them?

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May’s special flowers

lily of the valley

The Old Farmer’s Almanac identifies the Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn as the special flowers for the month of May.

The lily of the valley signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness.

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The hawthorn plant represents hope and supreme happiness.

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I would far rather have two or three lilies of the valley gathered for me by a person I like, than the most expensive bouquet that could be bought! 

Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

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The hawthorn whitens; and the juicy groves
Put forth their buds, unfolding by degrees,
Till the whole leafy foreſt ſtands diſplay’d,
In full luxuriance, to the ſighing gales.

James Thomson The Four Seasons 1730

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April’s Special Flower

daisies

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the special flower for April is either the daisy or the sweetpea. Flower Press explains that, “Each month of the year is associated with its very own flower. April is somewhat of an exception since there are two flowers associated with this month – the daisy and sweet peas.” However, Interflora sticks with just the daisy as does Proflowers.

I’m only having the daisy as my special flower for April. I always think of sweet peas later in the year.

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Probably the most famous Daisy Quote is from the song “Daisy Bell”:

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I’m half crazy all
for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage.
But you’ll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle made for two.

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Written in 1892 by British songwriter Harry Dacre, the song “Daisy Bell” is said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, one of the many mistresses of King Edward VII.

This Pathe News clip from 1923 features the Countess of Warwick who amazingly stood as Labour MP against the Conservative Anthony Eden. Eden won and remained as MP for Warwick and Leamington until 1957.

If you’ve a few minutes to spare you should read Daisy Greville’s life story. You couldn’t make it up!

“Daisy Bell” is the earliest song sung using computer speech synthesis.

In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews.

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