Welcome to the latest post in the birth flowers series, looking at the flowers assigned to each month of the year. This time we’re looking at the birth flowers for February and their meanings.
For some history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
Violets (also referred to as violas and pansies) are hardy little plants, and their ability to tolerate the cold means we see them everywhere at this time of year. They do a brilliant job of cheering up the garden before Spring gets going, and make a lovely gift in an outdoor container.
The ancient Greeks saw violets as a symbol of fertility and love, but nowadays they symbolize watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Given how tough and dependable these plants are I think they suit their modern meaning better!
I have really strong childhood memories of hunting in the woods for the first primroses, so for me they really do signify the start of Spring. While primroses do not belong to the rose family, their name originates from either the Old French word primerose or the medieval Latin prima rosa, both meaning “first rose”. Primroses are synonymous with cottage gardens and, being a woodland plant, they love light shade and moist soil. Plant them under a tree for a brilliant Spring display.
Giving primroses as a gift conveys the message that you can’t live without the recipient; serious stuff for such a pretty little flower!
February’s flowers are all about the promise of Spring, aren’t they? They may be small and unassuming, but after the long Winter months they feel very special – and they also give us an exciting little hint of what’s to come as the weather warms up. Which is your favourite this month?