When choosing flowers for a loved one’s birthday, it’s easy to go with seasonal best, their favourite type of flower or colour. Bright happy birthday flowers can include gerberas, lilies, and orchids arranged as a bunch or an arrangement. But it can also be a little more thoughtful than that.
Just like star signs, each month of the year has a birth month flower. The character traits of a person may be the same as the characteristics of that person’s birth month flower. So here is a handy Australian guide to the types of flowers to say ‘Happy Birthday’ from January to December.
January – Carnation
For people born in the heat of summer what better bloom to withstand hot temperatures than the hardy carnation. Carnations convey fascination, distinction and love. Like roses, the different colours of carnations have different meanings.
February – Iris
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Iris is the birth flower for people born in February. A beautiful garden flower (found in my Mum’s garden, who birthday falls in February), it symbolises faith, hope and wisdom. Commonly available in purple/blue, white and yellow.
March – Daffodils
Spring is the season for bright yellow and sunny daffodils. These are a happy flower and perfect for a March birthday. They are thought to represent new beginnings, respect and friendship.
April – Daisy
For those who want to be forever young, April’s birth flower, daisy is symbolic of child innocence and joy. There are so many varieties and colours of daisies from the larger daisy chrysanthemums to the petite Easter daisies.
May – Lily of the Valley
For May babies, the birth flower is lily of the valley. An exquisite elegant little white bell shaped flower that represents humility and sweetness. A speciality bloom, used for weddings, so if you want to send these, order in advance with your local florist.
June – Rose
The birth month flower for June is the classic sweet scented rose. Roses have many meanings depending on colour, red for love, yellow for friendship, white for innocence and purity and pink for grace and elegance. So for that elegant, graceful loved one, send them pink roses for their birthday. I love giving hot pink roses for birthdays.
July – Delphinium
For the cold winter month of July, the birth flower is the delphinium. Purple, blue and white delphiniums symbolise a people who are light hearted and enjoy a enjoy a sense of levity or humour and fun.
August – Gladioli
Meaning strength and moral integrity, the birth flower for August is the tall multi bloom gladiolus. Affectionately called gladys, they come in all the colours of the rainbow, white, green, purple, yellow, pink, red and orange.
September – Aster
For people whose personality is grounded by love, faith and wisdom, the Aster is the September birth flower. A sweet little daisy-like flower, which blooms in pink, red, white, lilac and mauve.
October – Marigolds
Brilliant orange Marigolds are the birth flower for October. They describe people who are fierce, warm and devoted.
November – Chrysanthemums
Sending flowers for a November birthday, think of Chrysanthemums. People with this birth flower are happy, compassionate, joyful and great friends.
December – Poinsettia
Poinsettia the traditional Christmas flower, is also the birth symbol for Christmas babies. Send birthday wishes with good cheer and future success using this flowering potted plant.
So when it comes around to that time of year to celebrate a birthday perhaps think of sending flowers that include a special meaning with your loved one’s birth month flower. Which flower is your birth month flower? I hope it’s your favourite!