Flower Calendar

January– Carnation February– Violet

March– Daffodil April-Daisy

May– Lily-of-the-Valley June– Rose

July– Water Lily August– Gladiolus

September– Aster October– Cosmos

November– Chrysanthemum December– Narcissus

 

January’s flower is the Carnation.

Botanical Names: Dianthus Caryophyllus
Other Names: Carn, Chinese Pink
Description: A delicate multi-petaled single flower atop a long stem.
Colors: pink, white, red, yellow, orange, green
Season: All year round
Meaning: Fascination, admiration, pure love, my heart yearns for you, a mother’s love.
Bloom Size: 18 to 24 inches in height
Color Pattern: solid, striped, bi-color, frosted
Facts: Carnations symbolize many things. Pink carnations are said to have first appeared on Earth when a tear fell from the Virgin Mary’s eye when Jesus Christ was carrying the cross. According to Christian legend, the flower was said to have sprung up from the Earth when her tear hit the ground, therefore the pink carnation represents a Mother’s undying love.

 

February’s flower is the Violet.

Botanical Names: Saintpaulia
Other Names: African Violet
Description: A five petaled velvety blossom.
Colors: purple, pink, white
Season: All year round
Meaning: Named for Baron Walter Von Saint Paul Illaire who discovered the plant in Tanzania in 1892. Modesty, faithfulness, virtue.
Bloom Size: unknown
Color Pattern: solid
Facts: One of the most popular flowering houseplants.

 

March’s flower is the Daffodil.

Botanical Names: Narcissus
Other Names: Jonquil, Narcissus
Description: A trumpet shaped blossom surrounded by petals usually of a contrasting color.
Colors: yellow-white, yellow-orange, pink, lime green
Season: Late Fall to Spring
Meaning: Based on the Greek mythology character, Narcissus, who was known to be so arrogant that when he looked into a mirror he fell in love with his reflection. He was later said to have been turned into the flower. Chivalry, respect, you are my only one, the sun shines when I’m with you, unrequited love.
Bloom Size: 3 to 4 inches in diameter
Color Pattern: bi-color
Facts: National flower of Wales. Flowers are fragrant. Some species have frilly petals. Many poets such as Oscar Wilde and William Wordsworth have written about this flower. It is said that Prince Charles receives one Daffodil annually as payment for the unused land in Sicily.

 

April’s flower is the Daisy.

Botanical Names: Dendranthema X Grandiflorum
Other Names: Chrysanthemum, mum
Description: A multi-branched stem containing multiple blossoms.
Colors: purple, pink, white, red, magenta, bronze
Season: All year round
Meaning: Named by Carolis Linnaeus in the 17th Century. Cheerfulness, you’re a wonderful friend, rest, loveliness, optimisim, abundance, wealth. Red means love. Yellow means slighted love and white means truth.
Bloom Size: varies
Color Pattern: solid
Facts: There is a festival of happiness in Japan to celebrate this flower. In Europe, Chrysanthemum is a symbol of death and are used only for funerals or on graves. Flowers are used to make a sweet drink known as chrysanthemum tea. In Asia the tea is used for many medical uses such as and aid in recovery from influenza.

 

May’s flower is the Lily-of-the-Valley.

Botanical Names: Convallaria majalis
Other Names: May Bells , Our Lady’s Tears
Description: Small bell like blooms on a short delicate stem.
Colors: white, pink
Season: All year round
Meaning: Sweetness, you complete my life, return of happiness.
Bloom Size: 5 to 10 mm in diameter
Color Pattern: solid
Facts: Is said to have been the favorite flower of Queen Victoria. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Very popular for weddings and corsage designs.

 

June’s flower is the Rose.

Botanical Names: Rosa
Other Names: Sweetheart Rose, Hybrid Tea Rose
Description: A multi-petaled blossom that ranges in size. Comes as a single blossom atop a thorny stem ranging from 12 to 40 inches high. Stem size and blossom count varies depending on the variety.
Colors: hues of red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, white
Season: All year round
Meaning: All roses are symbolic for love, however each color has a separate meaning. Red means love, respect, courage. Pink means grace, perfect happiness. Dark pink means gratitude. Light pink means admiration, sympathy. White means innocence, purity, secrecy, I’m worthy of you, you’re heavenly, humility. Yellow means undying lover, platonic love, friendship. Orange means passion, desire. Blue means extraordinary, mystery. Red and White means unity.
Bloom Size: On average 2 to 5 inches in diameter
Color Pattern: solid, bi-color
Facts: Many rose varieties produce a sweet fragrance. Rose perfumes are made by steam distilling crushed rose petals which produces essential oils. Very popularly used in Persia, Bulgaria, Iran and Germany. The rose is the National flower of England, the provincial flower of Alberta and the State flower of Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival. The rose is often used as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. The most popular and well known cut flower. Used in floral arrangements, wedding and corsage work by florists. Red roses are the most sought after flower for a Valentine’s Day gift. Monk’s cultivated rose bushes after the crusades for medicinal uses. Rose water was successful in curing ailments such as trembling, constipation, drunkenness, insomnia and skin and throat infections. There is no such rose with a true blue or a true black color. Black roses are generally a deep, deep red where as blue roses are typically purple.

 

July’s flower is the Water Lily.

Botanical Names: Delphinium elatuem
Other Names: Candle Delphinium, Larkspur
Description: Spikes with clusters of trumpet shaped, disc shaped or dolphin shaped flowers.
Colors: blue, lavender, red, white, pink, purple
Season: All year round
Meaning: Comes from the Greek word, delphis meaning dolphin. Flight of fancy, ardent attachment, agility.
Bloom Size: 8 to 20 inches long
Color Pattern: solid, spotted, striped
Facts: Extracts of the plant has been used in herbal medicine. Often used as filler in arrangements. The juices of the flower will create a blue ink when mixed with alum.

 

August’s flower is the Gladiolus.

Botanical Names: Gladiolus communis ssp. byzanthinus
Other Names: Sword lily, Glads
Description: Large, thick stems with six to eight tightly packed blossoms on only one side. Blossoms shape and texture vary from fringed to ruffled to trumpet shaped to rosebuds.
Colors: pink, red, white, orange, yellow, purple, bi-color
Season: All year round
Meaning: Gladiolus is Latin for sword. Graceful, strong sense of character.
Bloom Size: 2 to 8 inches in diameter
Color Pattern: solid, bi-color
Facts: Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Very fragrant. May cause allergic reactions. Mostly used in sympathy bouquets.

 

September’s flower is the Aster.

Botanical Names: Aster Ericoides
Other Names: September Flower, Monte Casino, Rainbow Aster
Description: Dainty, daisy-like flowers used for filler.
Colors: white, pink, lavender, red, purple
Season: Mid Summer to Early Fall
Meaning: Comes from the Greek word meaning star. Symbol of love, daintiness, after thought.

Bloom Size: Dime-sized
Color Pattern: solid
Facts: Over 600 species. Attracts bees, butterflies, and/or birds.

 

October’s flowers are Cosmos.

Botanical Names: Cosmos bipinnatus
Other Names: Mexican Aster, Chocolate Cosmo
Description: A single flower atop a delicate, sometimes hairy stem.
Colors: white, red, pink, brown, orange, yellow, purple
Season: Summer to Fall
Meaning: Comes from the Latin word kosmos meaning beautiful.
Bloom Size: 2 inches in diameter
Color Pattern: solid, striped, bi-color
Facts: Hummingbirds are very attracted to this flower. Very fragrant. Chocolate cosmos even smell like chocolate. Are suitable for drying.

 

November’s flower is the Chrysanthemum.

Botanical Names: Dendranthema X Grandiflorum
Other Names: Daisy, mums, pompons, spider daisy, football mum
Description: Stems can contain multiple blooms or one flower.
Colors: purple, pink, white, yellow, magenta, red, bronze
Season: All year round
Meaning: Named by Carolis Linnaeus in the 17th Century. Cheerfulness, you’re a wonderful friend, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth. Red means love. Yellow means slighted love and white means truth.
Bloom Size: varies
Color Pattern: solid
Facts: There is a festival of happiness in Japan to celebrate this flower. In Europe, Chrysanthemum is a symbol of death and are used only for funerals or on graves. Flowers are used to make a sweet drink known as chrysanthemum tea. In Asia the tea is used for many medical uses such as and aid in recovery from influenza.

 

December’s flowers are Narcissus.

Botanical Names: Narcissus poeticus actaea
Other Names: Narcissi
Description: Small multi-petaled blossom, similar to the daffodil.
Colors: white, pink, yellow, orange
Season: Fall to Spring
Meaning: Comes from the Greek word Narcissus meaning numbness. Self-esteem and vanity.
Bloom Size: 12 to 18 inches in height
Color Pattern: solid, bi-color
Facts: Flowers are extremely fragrant. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. All daffodils are narcissi but not all narcissi are daffodils. Galanthine, a substance in the flowers is currently being used in medicine to treat Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Flowers For Each Anniversary

1st Wedding Anniversary – Pansy

2nd Wedding Anniversary – Cosmos

3rd Wedding Anniversary – Fuchsia

4th Wedding Anniversary – Geranium

5th Wedding Anniversary – Daisy

6th Wedding Anniversary – Calla Lily

7th Wedding Anniversary – Jack-in-the-Pulpit

8th Wedding Anniversary – Clematis

9th Wedding Anniversary – Poppy

10th Wedding Anniversary – Daffodil

11th Wedding Anniversary – Morning Glory

12th Wedding Anniversary – Peony

13th Wedding Anniversary – Hollyhock

14th Wedding Anniversary – Dahlia

15th Wedding Anniversary – Rose

20th Wedding Anniversary – Day Lily

25th Wedding Anniversary – Iris

28th Wedding Anniversary – Orchid

30th Wedding Anniversary – Sweet Pea

40th Wedding Anniversary – Nasturtium

50th Wedding Anniversary – Violet