Your Summer Birth Month Flowers & Your Wedding!

Each month of summer has two birth month flowers. Read on to find out how you can include these flowers in your wedding! (P.S.–If a cherished family member or friend passed on, you could honor them by including their birth month flower in your bouquets!)

Delphinium or Larkspur

 

Hey, Christie!

Andrew and I are getting married next summer at Ainsworth House & Gardens. Yeah!

Our floral designer mentioned including our birth month flowers for good luck. I’m a July girl and Andrew is a September kid. Can you tell us what these flowers are and what they mean? Thanks!

–Elizabeth in Eugene, Oregon

Hey, Elizabeth!

First, let me explain. People like to invent new codes which make it more difficult for those not involved to understand the messages being shared. For instance, the famous cryptographer, Alan Turing, invented a code that he and his friend Christopher could use to communicate with each other in grade school.

Similarly, according to the Victorians, the meanings of flowers allowed people to communicate without words.

For instance, a single, red rose meant “I love you.”

The Victorians assigned a meaning to each flower and then published books to define what each flower meant.

Birth month flowers are a way to define the people born in that month—again, a shorthand for communication.

Let’s look at the summer birth month flowers. There are two flowers to make sure that at least one is in bloom on the first day of month no matter where you are in the world.

Dahlias in orange

July: Larkspur and Water Lily

  • Larkspur: AKA “Delphinium,” this vibrant blue flower grows very tall! (The woman’s name “Delphinia” comes from this flower.)

Meaning:

  • Positive outlook on life
  • A beautiful spirit
  • Strong bonds of love.
  • Water Lily:  Water Lilies bloom in white, pink, red, blue, or purple. The famous painter, Monet, focused his paintings on this beautiful   flower.

Meaning:

  • Purity
  • Commitment
  • Majesty.
pink water lily
gladiolus in Yellow and pink

August: Gladiolus and Poppy

  • Gladiolus: Growing on long, tall stems, these flowers are very impressive!

Meaning:

  • Faithfulness
  • Strength of character
  • Moral integrity.
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  • Poppy: There are several varieties of poppies from which to select for their size and color.
  • The California Poppy is the state flower for the Golden State and blooms in white, yellow, and orange while the Summer Poppy blooms in pink.

Meaning:

  • Peace.

And now we come to the last month of Summer–September!

California Poppy
asters

September: Aster and Morning Glory.

  • Aster: A relative of the daisy, this flower is named after the Greek word for “star” because of its star-shaped flowers.

Meaning:

  • Love
  • Wisdom
  • Faith.
  • Morning Glory: Growing upwards on a vine, these flowers bloom in shades of purple and pink.

Meaning: Undying love.

Your friend in the wedding business,

Christie Shyne

Morning Glory

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