I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!
Let’s talk about July.
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!
Larkspur, Water Lily
For July, the birth month flowers are the larkspur, together with the water lily. The larkspur comes in various colors and, naturally, each of them has a different meaning. A pink larkspur stands for fickleness while a white one shows a happy nature. The purple ones usually symbolize a first love, so careful who you give them to! In general they show some strong love bonds.
At the same time, the water lily stands for majesty and purity. They are gorgeous and have a strong fragrance. Besides being extremely beautiful, water lilies are also used in ponds to stop the algae from growing. They also have the role of providing shade an cooling water for the fish and frogs the live in the pond.
Growing larkspur flowers (Consolida sp.) provides tall, early season color in the spring landscape. Once you learn how to grow larkspur, you will likely include them in the garden year after year. Deciding when to plant larkspurs will depend somewhat on your location. Once established, however, larkspur flower care is simple and basic. Learning how to grow larkspur is easier if you are somewhat familiar with local weather patterns, although, of course, there is no guarantee that the weather will cooperate with your gardening schedule.
Most annual larkspur plants are grown from seeds, though planting larkspur seeds can be challenging. When planting larkspur seeds, they must have a cold period before germination. This can be accomplished before planting the seeds, after planting the seeds in peat pots, or after sowing the seeds directly in the flower bed.
The most reliable method of chilling larkspur seeds before planting can be done in the refrigerator. Chill protected seeds for two weeks prior to planting. Place seeds in a zip lock sandwich bag and include some damp perlite to provide moisture.
Planting larkspur seeds in peat pots or other plantable containers will also work. If there is a building, basement or cold room where temperatures will remain between 40 and 50 F. (4-10 C.), plant them in moist soil and chill them there for two weeks. Keep in mind that larkspur seeds often will not germinate at temps above 65 F. (18 C.).
Learning when to plant larkspurs that have been chilled requires knowing when the first frost date occurs in your area. Planting larkspur seeds should be done early enough before frost for them to begin developing a root system to hold them over through winter.
After germination, when seedlings in peat pots have two sets of true leaves, they may be moved into the garden or a permanent container. Growing larkspur flowers do not like to be moved, so plant seeds into their permanent location. Spring planting of larkspur seeds can be done, but flowers may not reach their full potential.
Larkspur Flower Care Annual larkspur flower care includes thinning sprouting seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart so that each new growing larkspur has enough room to grow and develop its own root system. Staking the tall plants is another aspect of larkspur flower care. Provide support when they are young, with a stake that can accommodate the potential 6 to 8 foot growth. These plants will also require occasional watering during periods of drought. Growing larkspur flowers centered in containers can be part of an eye catching display. Use containers that won’t topple under the weight and height of the growing larkspur flowers. Larkspurs in the garden will often self-seed and can provide more additional larkspur flowers for the following year.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Annual Larkspur Flower Care: How To Grow Larkspur Plants In The Garden https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/larkspur/growing-annual-larkspur-plants.htm
We love adding larkspur to our floral arrangements.
Do you see larkspur peeking out?
Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com
2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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