For a bit of history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
Don’t just think of daisies as the small-flowered weeds that spring up in the lawn; there are lots of daisy varieties with much larger flowers, such as Oxeye daisies and Gerberas – these are the ones you will find in the florists. The word ‘daisy’ originates from Anglo Saxon, translated as ‘day’s eye’ due to the flower’s habit of opening at dawn.
The daisy symbolises innocence and purity, as well as the intention to keep a secret. The Gerbera daisy has a particular meaning of cheerfulness; I’ve always thought of daisies as cheerful flowers now I come to think about it!
A bunch of freshly-picked sweet peas in a vase on the table is hard to beat in my book. They’re really easy to grow from seed too; 3 year old Lily has grown them on her little plot at the allotment for the last two years with very little help from the grown-ups.
Sweet peas symbolise pleasure and bliss, as well as a farewell following a good time. I think they fit the ‘token gift to say thanks’ role very well.
I’m finding this series of posts lots of fun to write – it’s fascinating to discover the ‘official’ meaning of a flower and compare it to what I think it symbolises. I pretty much agree with this month’s meanings – how about you?