I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!
Let’s talk about August.
First, a little history.
Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.
The Origins of the Flowers by Month
Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!
August is the last summer month, and the birth month flowers for this time of the year are the poppy and the gladiolus. The gladiolus stands in for infatuation, calm, integrity and remembrance. It is also called the “sword lily” and it shows that your heart is filled with love. Gladiolus grow from rounded bulbs that are enveloped in several layers of browning, fibrous covers. Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, grooved leaves enclosed in a sheath.
Gladiolus bloom from the bottom up. As a beautiful, long-lasting cut flower, you should “tip” the tops and keep them in cold water.
Meanwhile, we also have the poppy flower. This also has different meanings depending on the color it has. For instance, a red poppy symbolizes pleasure, while a white one is offered as consolation. At the same time, a yellow poppy is a sign of good wishes of success and wealth.
Poppy Days have become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.
The American Legion Family recognizes the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the living who have worn our nation’s uniform. That is why The American Legion Family called upon Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe and quickly became a symbol of the sacrifices made by Americans and allied servicemembers around the world. Soldiers returning from WWI brought home the flowers in memory of the barren landscape transformed by the sudden growth of wild red poppies among the newly dug graves — unforgettably described in a memorial poem by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae:
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.
National Poppy Day broadens a tradition that dates back to the American Legion Auxiliary’s first National Convention in the early 1920s when the red poppy was adopted as The American Legion Family’s memorial flower. Today, it remains an iconic symbol of honor for the sacrifice of our veterans. ALA members distribute millions of poppies annually across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.
If you are fortunate to be an August baby, you can enjoy gladiolus all month long and share your month with the American Legion in a lasting tribute to our fallen heroes.
I thought I’d share pictures of some floral arrangements we’ve designed with gladiolus!
Do you see the gladiolas peeping their pretty heads out of these beautiful arrangements?
Happy August Birthday!
Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com
2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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