Interesting Facts About Birth Flowers and Their Meaning

Updated on August 1, 2013

The Beauty of Flowers

Rare is the person who does not enjoy the beauty of flowers. Sure, there is the annoyance of these colorful gems during springtime for anyone who suffers from allergies…and, for the most pragmatic among us, the impracticality of bringing into the home a bouquet of cut flowers only to have them wither and die a short time later seems absurd. But, for the average person flowers bring happiness.

A simple splash of color can warm a room and whether we sneak them from our neighbor’s garden, pick them from a field or spend exuberant amounts of money on a floral arrangement, the beauty of flowers is a natural artist palette of color. Red, yellow, pink in various shades, and blues merging into purples…whatever color one can imagine the Almighty Gardener has provided it. And, always there are rich hues of green surrounding the delicate bud, petals, or cup on a stem.

A single rose in a crystal vase set beside the bedside-what a statement this makes to one who has romantic intentions. And, compare this simple message to the vision of a scattering of rose petals strewn upon the bed. Or a dozen, long stemmed, red roses hand delivered to the beloved. Three examples of how one flower, the rose, can make an impression.

The Joy of Flowers

A bed of zinnias bring a rainbow of color
A bed of zinnias bring a rainbow of color | Source

Do You Know Your Birth Month Flower?

Many people follow their birth month’s gemstone and assigned flower. How each month came to receive a particular flower is probably based on the natural growing period of that flower during a particular season and thus, its availability. For instance, one of the (four) flowers that are associated with the month of December is the Poinsettias. The Poinsettia has long been associated with Christmas, a Christian holy day of celebrating the birth of Christ, which falls in December

Iris is February's Birth Flower

Iris is the birth flower symbolizing inspiration.
Iris is the birth flower symbolizing inspiration. | Source

Popular flowers

Do you have a favorite flower? Here is a list of common flowers and their meaning:

Sunflower: adoration

Orchid: delicate beauty

Pansy: loving thoughts

Sweet pea: shyness

Black-eyed Susan: encouragement

Lilac: first love

Poppy: consolation

Ivy: fidelity

Flowers: January through April

January-Carnation. The carnation has a number of different meanings depending on its color. It is a long lasting flower often placed in men’s lapels. The hardy carnation is frequently chosen for proms and weddings. The pink carnation means gratitude.

February-Iris or Violet. It is interesting that both of these flowers are purple. Since the amethyst is February’s birthstone one can make an assumption that this was an intentional selection based on color. The iris represents inspiration, while violets symbolize faithfulness.

March-Daffodil. Oh, the bright, joyous color of the brave daffodil-one of the first flowers to poke its head out of the cold ground on the cusp of spring. The daffodil means chivalry. William Wordsworth was so taken by the sunny daffodil during one of his walks with his sister that he penned a poem honoring it. Wordsworth's poem: I wandered lonely as a cloud, is more commonly known as, ‘The Daffodils’. Here is the first stanza:

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils.

April-Daisy or Peony. At a very young I've been attracted to the daisy. This hardy wildflower grows along roadsides and abundantly in meadows, as well as being a perfect summer flower to grow in the garden. It’s layers of white, surrounding the soft, golden center, has been a favorite of mine for years. Do you remember this rhyme: ‘He loves me, he loves me not’ as petals were plucked from their center? With the last petal standing alone one was supposed to have the answer to her lover’s true intentions. Daisies portray innocence or purity, and the peony is the symbol of healing.

The Daisy is April's Birth Flower

Daisies bring a smile to my face.
Daisies bring a smile to my face. | Source

June Birth Flower: The Rose

A rose by any other name...
A rose by any other name... | Source

May through August Birth Flowers

May-Lily or Lily of the Valley. Both of these flowers have an aromatic smell that fills the air. Wherever this delicate Lily-of-the-Valley grows the air is filled with a sweet, light fragrance. Lily-of-the-Valley has tiny, bell shaped flowers that hang from a thin stem. When the wind blows one can image a soft, tinkling sound emitted from the white flower. There are over 100 types of lilies and many have their own meaning. My daughter Cara carried Calla Lilies down the aisle in her wedding. The Calla Lily symbolizes regality.

June-Rose. Thirty-five million years old, the rose has a rich history. Used in love and war, politics and romance, the rose has been named in movies such as The War of the Roses, the 1989 black comedy directed by Danny Devito and starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It is also used in sports: The Rose Bowl Game, an American College football game held in Pasadena, California each January. A red rose indicates passionate love.

July-Delphinium. The common name for this perennial is the larkspur and it is part of the buttercup family. Color ranges from blue and purple, to white, red and yellow. They grow on spiked stems and require lots of sunlight to flourish. Native Americans used this flower to make blue dye. Delphinium means 'big heartedness' and it is associated with lightness and joy.

August-Dahlia and Gladiolas . Dahlia means dignity or elegance, and it is said that it represents the eternal bond between two people. One of my favorite flowers is the gladiola. The funnel shaped flower comes in a variety of colors that adorn the length of its tall stem. When I was growing up I would ride my bike to a neighbors gladiola garden. She had a roadside stand and I would regularly buy a bouquet for one dollar to bring home to my mother. Much later, after my parents moved to North Carolina, my father started his own garden of these elegant flowers.

Flowers in September through December

September-Aster and Forget-Me-Not. The Aster means contentment and, of course, the Forget-Me-Not means just what its name suggests. The Forget-Me-Not is the state flower of Alaska and, having once been a resident of Alaska, it is a very appropriate choice. Whatever one’s own experience is in that ‘Last Frontier’ state, it is not one easily forgotten.

October-Calendula. The bright yellow and orange Marigold is the Calendula, a member of the daisy family. This autumn flower was selected for October, (think Halloween’s bright yellow and orange colors), because it follows the path of the sun. During the Victorian era the message of the marigold was, “My thoughts are with you.” Calendula means winning grace.

November-Chrysanthemum. This large headed flower comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is a perfect fall flower because the colors match the changing leaves: mauve, yellow, and orange, to name a few. The chrysanthemum originated in China where it has been cultivated for over 2,500 years. It was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks and became the official flower of that Asian country. Each year the ‘mum’ is celebrated in the ‘Festival of Happiness’ honoring this cheery flower. In 1789, the chrysanthemum came to England and found its way to the United States in the 19th century. Today, the chrysanthemum is Chicago, Illinois’s official city flower. In Victorian times the hidden meaning was: “you’re a wonderful friend.” Chrysanthemum means with love and cheerfulness.

December-Holly, or Narcissus, or Paperwhite, or Poinsettia. Why December has so many birth flowers is unknown, however, for the sake of simplicity I’ve chosen to describe the poinsettia. This plant is a native of Mexico and Central America. The Aztecs believed the poinsettia was a symbol of purity. A Mexican legend tells the story of how the poinsettia came to appear. During the Christmas season a poor, peasant boy wanted to bring to the church manger a gift for Baby Jesus. Since he had nothing, he stopped along the road and gathered a handful of weeds and hoped it would be accepted. When the boy entered the church his love for Christ had miraculously transformed the weeds into beautiful red and green stems of beauty. Today the poinsettia means celebration, reassurance and good cheer.

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      • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        How lucky that you have room in your yard for a garden Since I rent my home, I have plant containers only. I miss having a garden and usually end up taking photos of other peoples' gardens. lol Thanks for your comments.

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        Devika Primić 

        5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Flowers are so beautiful in all colors and shapes, you have created such an incredible hub on this flowers. I look forward to making my garden different every season and often look around for unique flowers I enjoyed learning more about flowers here.

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi CrispSp-thank you. I appreciate your stopping by and the share. :)

        Hey Beth-It's another (long) work story...I've been off for 2 months now, but should be returning to work shortly. Otherwise-all is well, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the congrats. :)

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        Beth100 

        5 years ago

        Congratulation on your HOTD Denise! Beautiful flowers and it's always a wonderment to learn which flower belongs to which month.

        Hope you're doing well! xox

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        CrisSp 

        5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        I'm pretty sure I've already read this before and have left a comment as well, if I remember it right. Then I saw it was picked as HOTD (July 30)--so, congratulations is in order. Sharing this (again).

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Vinaya-that's another thing we have in common: April is also my birth month, and I also love the daisy, it's my favorite flower. Hey, congratulations to YOU on your HOTD for best things to do in Nepal. :)

        lovedoctor926-thanks for the comments and congrats. I love the forget-me-not. :)

        Hello cheeluary-I'm glad you enjoyed this. What is your birth flower, if you don't mind me asking?

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Cmoneyspirit-glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

        Marsha-thanks for your comments. Hope you get that delphinium.

        Hi Annasantos-Lily of the valley is one of my favorite flowers. It's so delicate and just lovely. Thanks for your congratulation wishes.

        Islandbites-thanks for the vote up. Yay Lily, lol

        Hi Nayana1-I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and found the info interesting. :)

        avee-angel13-isn't it amazing how we discover a connection with something like our own birth flowers? How fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

        Hi astralrose-You must be a June baby...any favorite color? Thanks so much for the zinnia info-no, I really did not know that. I'm going to change it right now. :)

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Kathryn S-so glad you enjoyed reading about all of the birth flowers. :)

        Hi Mary615-thanks for returning and sharing. :)

        Hi Nell-thanks! Yeah, it's a nice surprise. :)

        Hi Maryspatch-so glad you discovered even more reasons to love the sunny daffodil! :)

        Heidithorne- how about that coincidence! What town are you in? Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Ishwaryaa22-it's so nice to see you again. Thanks for reading and all your 'votes'. :)

        Hi Deb-Since you enjoy tulips and the deer eat them, you'll have to gift yourself with a big pot of tulips on your kitchen table, come spring. Thanks for the congrats. :)

        Hi Jaye-I'm glad you found that the one flower you really like most happens to be your birth flower. Thanks for your comments. :)

        Linda-most everyone loves roses, but I'm with you...not my favorite. Glad there is one particular flower that resonates with you more. Thanks for the Congrats. :)

        nmdonders-Thanks for your comments on this hub, but you've left me sooo curious now. What is your birth month? and what is the flower you would pick for yourself? :)

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        cheeluarv 

        5 years ago from INDIA

        Interesting to know my birth flower,and your photos were visual treat.

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        lovedoctor926 

        5 years ago

        A very good presentation with lovely visuals. My birth flower is September Aster and Forget-Me-Not. voted up beautiful and interesting. Congrats for HOTD

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        Vinaya Ghimire 

        5 years ago from Nepal

        Denise, I was not aware that flowers were associated with human beings, even though I knew association of gemstones and planet with human character and psychology. Now I know why I love daisy. April is my birth month.

        Congrats for HOTD!

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        Astralrose 

        5 years ago from India

        Oh, I am rose! This is an interesting hub. Voted up! And by the way, I haven't gone through all the comments for there are too many but I'd like to say, the name of the flowers in your first pictures is zinnia. I guess you know that already.

        Congratulations!

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        avee-angel18 

        5 years ago

        I love purple Chrysanthemums they are so lovely but I didn't knew it was my birth flower too...thanks for such an informative and interesting hub...simply enjoyed reading it

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        Nayana1 

        5 years ago from INDIA

        Excellent hub topic and Really interesting hub . I didn't know there were birth flowers. Really interesting and informative.

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        IslandBites 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Really interesting hub. I didn't know there were birth flowers. LOL I like mine: lily. Vote up!

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        Anna Santos 

        5 years ago from Canada

        Hi Denise,

        First, would like to congratulate on your HOTD! I really love flowers. I'm not going to be tired to look at them and smell them, though some don't have a nice scent lol. But yeah, having known that my birth flower is lily of the valley is very exciting. I always see these flowers around but don't pay attention to them. Thanks for this hub because I'm able to know my flower and I should start liking it from this moment on. Again, congrats!

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        Marsha Musselman 

        5 years ago from Michigan, USA

        Great hub. I never heard about birth flowers before. I was born in July which is the Delphinium. I grew that a few years ago but someone mowed it down and I've been wanting another one ever since.

        Now, I'll really have to get one-next year.

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        Treathyl FOX 

        5 years ago from Austin, Texas

        Who wouldn't like this HUB? Beautiful!!!

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        LastRoseofSummer2-actually, I don't have a garden. My secret is that I take photos of flowers whenever I visit family or friends. And, sometimes, I tiptoe into neighbors yards when they aren't home, ha ha.

        Hi RT-good to see you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, I think ANYTIME is the right time to enjoy flowers. :)

        angryelf-I love the scent of Honeysuckle and would love to be able to actually grow some. As for orchids-I don't even try to grow these delicate flowers. :)

        Rose-thanks for your comments and congratulations. I have many family members who have Feb birthdays. Thanks for reading.

        Hi Barbsbitsnpieces-thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. :)

        Hi John S-what a surprise I had today. :) It's been fun. Thanks for stopping by and the congrats.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        5 years ago from Chicago Area

        Wow, just learned that my birth month flower is also the official flower of my hometown. Imagine that! Beautiful, beautiful hub. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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        maryspatch 

        5 years ago from Australia

        Now I know why I have always loved the daffodil. Thank you for such a lovely hub.

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        Nell Rose 

        5 years ago from England

        Congrats denise! yeah!

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Congrats on HOTD. I had read this before and enjoyed it, but now I will share.

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        Kathryn 

        5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        What a great idea for a hub! I enjoyed reading about the flowers for every birth month. I had forgotten what mine was, and it was interesting to rediscover. Thanks for sharing this with us, and congrats on winning HOTD! Have a wonderful evening.

        ~ Kathryn

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi SandCastles-I love your favorite flower selections-many are favorites of mine as well.

        The Dirt Farmer-thanks for the Congrats and your comment. :)

        Thelma-glad you found your birth flower interesting. :) Thanks for reading.

        Thanks Thumbi7, for your 'congrats' message. I'm very familiar with our month...I have many family members whom also share birthdays in February. :)

        Erorantes-thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. :)

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi oby one-thanks for checking this out. I'll check out your site too.

        Hi dghbrh-Hallmark tutored me on birth flowers when I was in junior high. I've always been attracted to the simplicity of the daisy and wonder if it was because it is my birth flower. Thanks for the votes/shares and congrats.

        pstraubie48-thanks for sending those angels! Some days are more difficult than others to move through, so it's nice to have celestial help. :) Thank you for reading and commenting.

        Hi sunilkunnoth2012-nice to read your comments. Thanks.

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        Nira Perkins 

        5 years ago

        Congrats on Hub of the Day! I've never been too fond of my birth flower personally. I love flowers but there would be so many nicer ones I would pick for my birth flower haha. Same with my birth stone. Either way this is a lovely hub :)

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        My flower is the rose for June. It's also a flower that's not one of my favorites. I'm a fan of carnations in a rainbow of colors. I'm also a fan of this hub! Congrats on HOTD! :)

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        Jaye Denman 

        5 years ago from Deep South, USA

        Congratulations for having this hub selected as Hub of the Day. I enjoyed the article and photos, and was especially gratified to learn that my own birth month flower is the rose. I enjoy roses very much.

        Voted Up+++

        Jaye

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        Deborah Neyens 

        5 years ago from Iowa

        Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I hadn't heard of birth flowers before. My favorite flower is the tulip and my birth flower is the daffodil. I guess that's a good thing; I can never get tulips to grow because the deer eat them but they leave my daffodils alone!

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

        5 years ago from Chennai, India

        An elaborately-written hub! I enjoyed learning about each birth flower.

        Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Way to go!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up

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        John Sarkis 

        5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Denise, this hub is awesome. Congrats on winning HOTD.

        Voted up

        John

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        Barbara Anne Helberg 

        5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

        @Denise...A lovely, fun Hub on our beautiful friends, flowers, and their meanings, which I discovered for the first time! Congratulations on your HotD Award! Well deserved!

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        rose-the planner 

        5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        Congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! This is a great article. I am a February baby. I love my birth flower and I love my birthstone, however I think that all of the birth flowers listed here are beautiful. I love all flowers, I guess that's why my parents named me Rose, lol. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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        angryelf 

        5 years ago from Tennessee

        I love how mine (December) does have so many. I was almost going to be sad, but I didn't see Honeysuckle or Orchids listed at all; so I'm good to go! Those are my two favorite flowers. Nothing smells better than the thick scent of Honeysuckle hanging on the sticky summer countryside breeze!

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this happy look at birth month flowers. Anytime is a good time for flowers and birthdays provide us with a great opportunity to enjoy them. :)

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        LastRoseofSummer2 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        Gorgeous pictures! I'm guessing you must have quite a garden. Great hub too.

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        Ana Maria Orantes 

        5 years ago from Miami Florida

        I love your article on the meaning of the flowers. Congratulation to your hub of the day.

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        JR Krishna 

        5 years ago from India

        Congrats on Hub of the day. Excellent hub

        I learnt today that my birth flowers is iris or violet and the stone is amethyst. Thank you. Voted up.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        5 years ago from Germany

        Congrats on the HOTD! I did not know that I have a birth flower. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it;-) Have a great day!

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        Jill Spencer 

        5 years ago from United States

        Interesting information! Voted up & shared. Congrats on HOTD. (:

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        SandCastles 

        5 years ago

        Very nice hub! Some of my favourite flowers are daises, wild roses, sweet peas, sun flowers, baby's breath, orange marigolds, blackeyed Susans, chive flowers, clover flowers, crocuses, echinacea asters, white gardenias, blue asters, lavender, tiger lilies, pansies, poppies, blue corn flowers, orchids, violets, tulips, fireweed, apple blossoms, cherry blossoms, lilacs (purple and white), and snap dragons.

        Great hub!

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        Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

        5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

        What a beautiful pictures! The text too is amazing. It is pleasure to read this type of hubs. Thank you for sharing some wonderful knowledge.

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 years ago from sunny Florida

        this is very interesting. It is always fascinating to learn things that are connected to the month of our birth or to the birth of someone we love. I always wonder who thought made these assignments to begin with. You are probably correct when you share that it is 'probably" due to the month in which they grow well.

        Thanks for sharing.

        Congrats on HOTD Angels are on the way ps

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        deergha 

        5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

        I never knew my birth flower before reading this hub. Simply awesome.

        Congrats on HOTD!!!!!

        Shared and votes up.

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        oby_one 

        5 years ago

        I have website regarding flower,.. if someone who wanna guest post, I can offer the login detail

        url http://www.flowerloving.com

        thanks

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Kim-you are a doll for doing that; thank you very much. I did see it on FB in the HP feed. :)

        Hello Deborah Welch-thank you for reading this and I'm delighted you found the joyful daffodil is your birth flower. :)

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        Deborah Welch 

        5 years ago

        I now know my birth flower is daffodil. Thanks. Nice Hub to read a beautiful summer day.

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        ocfireflies 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Denise,

        I just wanted to let you know that I contacted the team and have since nominated this stellar hub for HOTD.

        Best Always,

        Kim

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        ocfireflies 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Denise,

        Absolutely! Enjoy your retreat. If you can send some sunshine this way, that would be great.

        Best Always,

        Kim

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Kim-wow, I didn't realize I have been so far behind in my comments...I'm currently in Michigan on my summer spiritual retreat. In response to your comments about the hub-thank you for your voiced enjoyment and interest here. BTW, one of the things I've done in the past when a particular hub has hit me as a HOTD, is contact the team and offer a suggestion. If you feel strongly about this one, I'd like to encourage you to do so. Thanks again, Kim, I wish I had a HUGE flower garden at my rental home, but alas, I don't. Best to you with the NC weather patterns!

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        ocfireflies 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Denise,

        I love this hub. So voted up and shared. I can see this as Hub of the Day.

        I love gardenias, too! To find out that they are also my month flower is delightful!

        Best Always,

        Kim

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hello Lane-I'm glad you enjoyed this-it was a fun hub to write, including taking the photos. April is my month, also and I LOVE daisies! Thanks for your comments.

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        Lane Reno 

        5 years ago

        I did not know about birth-month flowers until now--how interesting! I am April and always knew about the diamond's significance to that month, but now I can "demand" daisies or peonies for my birthday gift! At least those will cost less, and be just as pretty. BTW, I like the photos you took, too. Thanks for the info.

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Maria-so good to see you. It is a fascinating subject, isn't it? I'm doing fine, now that I've finally returned to work. Hope you are doing well, yourself. Hugs to you. :)

        Hi Shelley-how wonderful that you have beauty and inspiration at the glance of an eye. :) Thanks for your feedback.

        Hi KerryAnita-I'm glad you enjoyed this information and discovered something new. It's fun to learn, isn't it? ha ha. Thanks for stopping by.

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        KerryAnita 

        5 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

        This is a great hub! I had no idea there was such a thing as a birth flower! I definitely learned something:)

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        Shelley Watson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you Denise, for this interesting hub. Fascinated to see the Carnation is my birth flower. The St.Joseph's Lily is my favourite flower and as I find white flowers exquisite, white carnations will, in future, be added to the vase. You mentioned a single rose in a crystal vase - I have a single white old fashioned rose living on my desk at the moment, the beauty of this rose is inspiring. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and shared..

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        Maria Jordan 

        5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

        Dear Denise,

        This is an interesting and well-written piece on a subject that has always held great fascination for me.

        I enjoy seeing the beauty in the symbolism and meaning within a flower as well as its external glamour. Your hub is a keeper!

        Hope all is well. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Vibesites-glad to know you learned something here and one of those things is that you are a chrysanthemum person! Thanks for leaving me a comment. It is fun to read the meaning behind these flowers, isn't it?

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        vibesites 

        6 years ago from United States

        So I'm a chrysanthemum person. Tho I have very few select friends, I would otherwise like to think that I'm a wonderful and loyal friend. ;)

        I've also voted "yes" on the poll, btw. I love flowers, wonderful hub. :)

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Mary-thanks for your comment. It was an interesting hub to research. :)

        Hi Alecia-You're right, lots of info about birthstones, but not too much about birth flowers. Kind of cool, huh?

        Dana-your comment intrigued me: first, thanks for sharing the tattoo info with us. Glad that you identify with the lilies. My flower I identify with is the daisy. Second, what an interesting observation about the dichotomy of the role that this flower plays. Thanks!

        Hi Reym-well, I'm so glad to know that you were intrigued enough to read through this and then google your birth flower. Thanks for sharing that with me. :)

        Stephanie, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love the lily of the valley. Girl Scouts: learned a beautiful little song about the LOTV. Thanks for the vote and pin!

        Hi Christy--glad that this was a learning experience for you and so many others here. Thanks for your comment and vote. :)

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        Christy Birmingham 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Awesome information I did not know. Have to give a vote up here :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        I don't know how I missed this the first time around, but I love it! I did know that my birth flower is lily-of-the-valley, but some of the others were new to me. They are all lovely! Enjoyed your hub and the bits of information on each flower! Voted up and pinned!

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        Ryem 

        6 years ago from Maryland

        I've never been a big fan of flowers, but your hub was very interesting. I didn't know birth flowers existed. I googled the delphinium to see what it looked like because it is my birth flower. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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        Dana Strang 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        How interesting! I had no idea there even were birth flowers. I love learning new things. Wonderfully written..... I have a tattoo of Lilies with skulld nested in their centers. I love Lilies. An interesting thing about them is they are the most common flower a tboth weddings and funerals. I find that dichotomy to be so beautiful....

        Voted up and more for course and sharing :)

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        Alecia Murphy 

        6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

        I enjoy flowers but I really was in the dark about birth flowers- they don't seem to be talked about as much as birthstones. Interesting hub!

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        Mary Hyatt 

        6 years ago from Florida

        I never knew about "birth flowers". I enjoyed reading this Hub. I love flowers very much.

        I voted this UP, et.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Great! That is exciting. I'm thinking January...possibly a Capricorn sporting a wreath of beautiful pink and white carnations, haha.

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        tonie2weeks 

        6 years ago

        that I will do.. I think it will be a january baby....... she is so excited...

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Tonie2weeks-what a wonderful idea! What month is your niece due? Perhaps you can add a note with the flowers in regards to its meaning...Thanks for stopping by.

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        tonie2weeks 

        6 years ago

        charming.. my niece is having a baby.. I can't wait so see his or her flower so I can send a dozen....

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading Carmen and I LOVE your idea. I may actually do that. (what fun on those months with multiple flower choices, haha).

        I actually bought a huge mixed bouquet for my townhouse in one color scheme, which is another way to 'present' flowers. It was in a shade I would never had considered before, usually going for pastels. However, I have recently returned home from my spiritual retreat where we spent the weekend studying the quality of 'pleasure' and 'celebration' within the soul. The color for this particular essence happens to be orange.

        I bought a lovely mixed bouquet of all types of spring flowers in shades of orange, some bright, some very light and all different shapes. It really stands out in the quiet, muted towns of the gray and white walls and appliances.

        I will definitely keep your idea in mind! :)

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        Carmen Beth 

        6 years ago

        Wonderful and interesting hub, Denise! I guess birth flowers could also be considered an aspect of floriography. It would be a lovely idea and very refreshing to fill the house differently each month with that month's associated blooms.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi ONS-thanks for your thoughts on the subject and the vote.

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        Paula 

        6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

        Hello Denise, my flower is lily of the Valley, or the Lily. I love them both, and find their delicate fragrance very beautiful though soft. While lily of the valley are so small, calla lilies are so large and elegant and beautiful. I love them all, and their pure white color is lovely.

        Birth stones and flowers are special things to people. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Picadilly-I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for reading and commenting.

        Hello Dani jons, thanks for your input. I appreciate the comments.

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        Dani jons 

        6 years ago

        I know my daughter will find this hub interesting too as she is into birth stones and their meanings.Thanks.

        You can visits this link http://www.todaydetails.com/?cat=6 learn more interesting think.

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        Priscill Anne Alvik 

        6 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

        Thank you for this wonderful article. I love flowers, and now I have picture in my mind of flowers for each month!!

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Janie-glad you found out what your true birth flower(s) are. Thanks for your comments.

        PracticalMommy-I found it interesting that Dec had 4 flowers to choose from. I'm not sure why, but I am curious. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

        Hi Dina--boy, I wish I knew what month you were born...well, there are so many beautiful flowers, ignore the facts and pick another one that suits you better, LOL Thanks, I'm glad you found it interesting.

        Hello sarvamitra-thanks for reading and commenting.

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        sarvamitra 

        6 years ago

        beautiful and nice hub.

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        Dina Blaszczak 

        6 years ago from Poland

        What a shame to discover that my birth flower is the one I least like. It was interesting to read the hub anyway :)

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        Marissa 

        6 years ago from United States

        I never knew daffodils were my birth flower. No wonder I love seeing them every spring! I find it funny as well that December, my daughter's birth month, has so many birth flowers, including the Narcissus which is the same flower family as the daffodil. Interesting! :)

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        JanieLynnphotogra 

        6 years ago from Seeley Lake

        This is a great and interesting hub! I love flowers too and was aware there was a birth flower, but this whole time I thought mine was a poppy! lol Now I know the truth. I am an August baby. Thank you for sharing this information.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Sofs, thanks for reading. I've really been surprised at the number of people who were not aware of this. It must be late for you right now? Have a wonderful Sunday.

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        Sophie 

        6 years ago

        What a beautiful hub Denise! I am flower crazy, but I was not aware that there are birth flowers... :) Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hello radhikasree, thank you for your visit and sharing. :) I love to bring flowers into my home to brighten the space. :)

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        Radhika Sreekanth 

        6 years ago from Mumbai,India

        Nice hub on birth month flowers and I liked the photos too.

        Up and beautiful. Sharing with my friends here.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Cara-thanks for your comments. You're right-having flowers in my home always brightens my mood. :)

        Hi Debbie-I was surprised to read how many people did not realize that there was a birth flower so I'm very pleased that I wrote this hub. Thanks for sharing it with your daughter. :)

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        Debbie Roberts 

        6 years ago from Greece

        I never knew that along with birth stones we had birth flowers. I know my daughter will find this hub interesting too as she is into birth stones and their meanings.

        An interesting hub and thank you.

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        cardelean 

        6 years ago from Michigan

        Very informative hub. Flowers can bring such joy to those around them and knowing the connection with your birth month is really neat. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Vellur-your excitement is a delight. I'm so pleased that you found this hub so enjoyable. Thanks for reading and the vote.

        Hello stessily, how are you? Thank you for reading and leaving your wonderful comments. I appreciate your votes. Enjoy the week. You are fortunate to have had a mother who loved you enough to share such information with you. :)

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        stessily 

        6 years ago

        Denise, Wonderfully presented with perfect photos. I still remember the fascination which I felt as a child as my mother told me about birth flowers and birthstones.

        Beautifully done. UABI.

        Kind regards, Stessily

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        Nithya Venkat 

        6 years ago from Dubai

        Oh My God!!!!This is so very beautiful. "The Daffodils" is my favorite poem. The hub is beautiful and informative. Flowers and months, never knew all this.Voted up.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi Pamela, Glad that you enjoyed the hub. I'm like you-there aren't too many flowers I don't care for. We have several family members who have Feb birthdays. Happy Belated Birthday to you, BTW

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 years ago from Sunny Florida

        Beautiful hub. I love flowers of all kinds. I didn't the flowers for each month so your hub was very interesting and I'm glad I was born in Feb. Rated up.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        acaetnna-I'm glad you liked this hub...I'm curious as to your birthday month. :)

        Hi Gail-thanks for your comments and vote. Isn't it interesting how we discover that what resonates for us is part of a 'birth plan' ? My connection with daisies has been similar to your connection to the rose. :)

        Audrey-I'm delighted that you enjoyed this hub. Happy floral decorating! I love flowers and have to remind myself to give a gift of beauty to myself more often. Thanks for your votes :)

        Hi writer20 Thanks for reading and adding more info about flowers in your comment. Daffodils are such a wonderfully cheery flower, aren't they? :)

        Hello grandmaperarl. I'm glad you found this hub interesting. My birth month is also April and I love the daisy the way you do the peony. My parents grew beautiful bushes of peony in all the gorgeous colors on their property here in NC. Thanks for visiting. :)

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        Connie Smith 

        6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

        Lovely Hub, beautiful pictures and wonderful information about flowers. I have always known that my birthstone was diamond, but now I know my birth flower is peony. Incidentally, last year I planted a whole peony garden because I love them so. I have but one small patch that gets sunshine most of the day, so I dedicated that area to peonies. Thanks for all the good information. Voted Up, Beautiful, Interesting and Awesome!

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        Joyce Haragsim 

        6 years ago from Southern Nevada

        This is a beautiful hub with so much information. n England March 1st is St. Davids Day his flower is Daffodils. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I am so happy to learn what my birth flower is and the meaning. From now on I will make sure my home is decorated in Iris's or Violets. I love them both. Thank you so much for this information and beautiful hub. I, too, voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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