Instead of the typical birthstones, consider my monthly flower guide when choosing an original and personal gift. Nature has prepared special offerings for us for every time of year.
January - baby's breath
Delicate and fluffy like white snowflakes, baby’s breath are the most popular flowers in winter bouquets. It is an ancient symbol of sincerity, happiness, and purity of heart. People who prefer baby’s breath are often romantic and don’t tolerate lies or forgive betrayal.
February - everlasting flower
This flower symbolises health, inflexibility, longevity, and help in difficult moments. In the old days, there was a belief that the one who possesses it can stop the wind on the water, saving oneself and the ship from drowning. In modern times, this flower is often used as a talisman from evil.
March – Scilla and snowdrop
Scilla is a symbol of hope, happiness, youth and beauty.
Snowdrop flowers mean hope for a happy future. There is a legend that when Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise, it began to snow and Eve froze. Then a few snowflakes wanted to comfort her and turned into flowers. Seeing them, Eve cheered up and became hopeful for better times.
April – violet, dandelion
Violet is a flower of confidence and protection. It can calm, develop wisdom, and strengthen the spirit. In ancient times people believed a violet flower cleaned the energy of misunderstanding and rejection. In Germany, in antiquity, the spring began only when the first violet was found. According to legend, someone who was lucky enough to bring this flower first would marry the most beautiful girl and would be happy all his life.
Mai – lilac, forget-me-not
Lilac is a romantic flower with a stunning scent. It symbolises beauty and love. The white lilac tells us about first love and asks to love each other forever. The pink lilac is about deep, sincere love. Violet gives its heart without a trace.
Forget-me-not is a symbol of constancy and fidelity in many cultures. In medieval Europe, forget-me-nots personified the heavenly eye; they were a constant reminder to people about God. This flower contains the whole world within itself: the yellow stamen in the middle is our sun, the blue petals are the sky. We seek a connection with the universe, but she is on earth, very close to us.
June – elder, Queen Anne's lace
Early people used elder to protect themselves from dark forces and evil eye.
Queen Anne's lace is a symbol of protection and catching dreams. The white fluffy petals cascade like an umbrella bringing safety, like wings of an angel, spreading out like a dream catcher.
July – strawberry, cornflower
Strawberry is a symbol of diligence, righteousness, and purity.
Cornflower means delicacy, elegance, simplicity, gaiety and fidelity. In Japan, the cornflower embodies the truth of life, simplicity, and beauty.
August – rose
The blossoming rose is known as a symbol of love. In ancient times, the image of roses was associated with joy. A rosebud symbolises infinite feelings, according to the ancient Greeks. It is round and the circle has no beginning and no end.
September – mushroom
In China, the mushroom is the most important symbol of longevity, immortality, perseverance, and good luck. In Taoism, mushrooms are considered food geniuses and immortals.
October – acorn
As the fruit of the mighty oak tree, the acorn is a symbol of potential opportunities. Among many peoples from ancient times, it was considered a symbol of life, fertility, and health. Acorn is also one of the strongest luck charms. Wearing an acorn will help to protect from failure. In addition, it is said to help fight old age and disease, preserving health and youth.
November – moss
Moss symbolises reliability, maternal love, patronage and protection. The combination of moss and lichen is, for Japanese, the symbol of an endless run of time.
December – ivy
Due to its flexibility and tenacity, ivy is the embodiment of loyalty, love and friendship. It’s also persistent in life and in aspirations, ambition, efficiency, irrepressibility.