Welcome to the latest in the birth flower series, looking at the flowers assigned to each month of the year. This time we’re looking at the birth flowers for October and their meanings.
For some history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
Bold and colourful, marigolds aren’t exactly the shyest of flowers. Their name is said to derive from “Mary’s Gold”, linking to the early Christian practice of placing an offering of flowers instead of coins on Mary’s altar. Marigolds represent strong feelings of love and passion, however they also symbolise desire for riches, cruelty, grief and jealousy. Probably worth considering if you’re giving them as a gift!
I tend to think of cosmos as a Summer flower, but a quick glance around the garden at this time of year has made me realise that they are a real star in early Autumn too. Cosmos looks wonderful as part of an informal bunch of blooms from the garden, it’s also really easy to grow and a great option for seed sowing with children. Cosmos represents order, peace and serenity – a really reassuring flower compared to marigolds then!
Once again we have two very contrasting choices for this month’s flowers – passion versus order, jealousy versus serenity. I don’t think I’ll see marigolds the same way from now on!