Welcome to the latest post in the birth flower series, looking at the flowers assigned to July and their meanings.
For some history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
The beautifully slender single stems of Larkspur make a real impact in a garden border or a bouquet. You may not have come across Larkspur, but it is similar to the delphinium, the main difference being Larkspur is an annual whereas delphiniums are perennial.
Larkspur generally carries the meaning of lightness, but like roses there is also a different meaning for each colour. Pink signifies fickleness, purple indicates first love and white signifies a happy nature.
The water lily’s scientific name, Nymphaea, comes from the Greek word ‘nymph’ meaning a feminine spirit that inhabits wells, springs and waterways – perfectly apt for a flower that thrives on the surface of water. While I don’t think we’ll be seeing water lilies in flower bouquets very often, it isn’t hard to imagine them gracing a bowl of water as a Summer garden table centrepiece. Water lilies signify purity (theres that meaning cropping up again for white flowers), and majesty – interesting that there’s a humble and a grand meaning combined in one flower here.
July’s birth flowers are very different in terms of style, appearance and meanings – do you have a favourite? I’d love a pond full of water lilies, maybe that needs to go on the ever-growing list for my dream garden. What do you think?