Welcome to the latest post in this new series, looking at the flowers assigned to each month of the year. This time we’re looking at the birth flowers for August and their meanings.
For some history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
Big, showy and impossible to ignore, gladioli are by no means the backdrop in a vase or border; they provide height, structure and colour and deliver real wow factor. Gladiolus symbolizes strength of character, integrity and remembrance; all very sobering for such a flamboyant flower. They also have a romantic meaning, linked to their sword shape; gladioli symbolise infatuation and a heart being pierced with love. All strong stuff!
An iconic wildflower and also a favourite amongst gardeners due to the wide variety available and the fact that they happily self-seed, poppies are a wonderful addition to a Summer border or an informal posy. We all think of poppies as symbolizing remembrance of those lost in battle, but interestingly there are older meanings assigned to this flower which vary according to it’s colour. A red poppy used to signify pleasure, a white poppy consolation, and a yellow poppy wealth and success.
I don’t think you could pick two more contrasting styles than this month’s birth flowers; showy structure versus quiet informality. I love the bold statement that gladioli make in a vase, but for my garden it’s poppies every time. What do you think?