June Birth Flower~The Rose

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.

-Bette Midler

 

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April Showers….Bring May Flowers

largebirthmonthUnfortunately,  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.

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Need a Flower For An April Birthday? Daisies or Sweet Peas will do just fine!

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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.

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An alternate birth flower for April is the Sweet Pea which means blissful pleasures.

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Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!

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If your girlfriend is “The One,” and you see yourself eventually popping the  question, red roses convey the message of true love.  Sometimes, a single rose says more than a bouquet.  So, if you are on a budget do not worry about that expensive bouquet of red roses. Set the scene……….flowers, music, candle light,some chocolate covered strawberries,  maybe even some rose pedals scattered on the walk way to the front door.  When she arrives offer your birthday girl a single red rose! Play Elton John’s “The One’ in the background for a really romantic moment.  If money is not an issue and you want to sweep her off her feet…..hand over a lovely dozen long-stemmed red roses and you will be the Man!

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A large of bouquet is always lovely but most of us gals are very sensible and understand that a huge bouquet of roses is pricey.  A single red rose given in the right manner is just as meaningful to us as a large bouquet that we know was not in the budget!

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To send a different message, other varieties of flowers will customize your sentiments; for example,  dahlias say you are hers forever. Violets proclaim your faithfulness, and let her know she’s in your thoughts, while English ivy states your  intention of fidelity and a lifetime of wedded love ahead. If red roses aren’t  in your budget, a charming bouquet of white daisies also sends your message of a  love that conquers all, in a quieter way.

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Maybe it’s too soon to know if there’s a wedding in your future. In that  case, the message you want to send is, simply, “I love you.” Red tulips declare your love simply yet boldly. To express your love and friendship, try red carnations. Orchids tell her, “You are beautiful.”

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If celebrating her birthday for the first time, be sincere about your  feelings. In the Language of Flowers  giving the purple lilac reflect a  couple just beginning to feel the first blush of love — with an intoxicated  fragrance sure to please. Yellow irises indicate your feelings of passion. If  you’re not yet ready to declare your love, choose gardenias; if you appreciate her delicate beauty,  hibiscus flowers will let her know.

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If your relationship hasn’t yet progressed to exclusivity, it would be dishonorable to choose red roses or flowers indicating fidelity. Light pink roses let her know she sparks your desire, while orange lilies trumpet your  passion. Yellow roses serve as ambassadors of forgiveness if for some reason you are residing in the dog house -maybe because you forgot you beloveds birthday!