Love, passion, beauty and perfection. The rose is rich with history and meaning. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, and Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals. Named for the Latin word rosa which means red.
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.
It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.
A Lily of the Valley for you, Bono! Happy 53rd Birthday to Irelands favorite son!
Unfortunately, here in the SF Bay Area we have had very little rain. I am concerned about my flowers and keeping my garden alive while conserving water this summer. Crossing my fingers we might still get a few weeks of late spring rain 🙂 If you have some special birthdays coming up this month think about giving a beautiful Lily of the Valley. I can’t think of a single person who does not appreciate their beauty and significance.
May’s flowers are the Lily of the Valley and the yellow or red Hawthorne
Lilies were so revered by the ancient Greeks that they believed they sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Long tied to the Virgin Mary, the white Madonna lily represents virtue, while the lily of the valley conveys sweetness and humility. In the language of flowers, this May birth flower expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor.
The April birth flower is the daisy. Daisies are associated with innocence. The Gerbera Daisy has large colorful blooms, which has made it a favorite with flower lovers. There is a legend that a nymph wanting to escape unwanted attention, transformed herself into the Daisy. Ever after this the April birth flower has the flower meaning of simplicity and modesty, inquisitiveness and brings a joyful, happy-go-lucky character wherever it appears.
I have an April baby……turning 20 this year! How on earth did that happen as I am only 29 ;)’ I always go to Trader Joes and buy her a brightly colored bouquet of daisies! The simple bundle of bright-colored cuties make you smile.
One of the most commonly found flowers; daisies are both simple and beautiful at the same time. These wild flowers are known for their resilience, and manage to flower in every month of the year. The daisy represents hope and new beginnings, the flower’s name literally means ‘day’s eye’ as the daisy opens at sunrise, marking the beginning of a new day. In the Language of Flowers daisies mean joy, happiness, beauty and innocence.
An alternate birth flower for April is the Sweet Pea which means blissful pleasures.