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June Birth Month Flower: Honeysuckle

5 Jun

A Sweet Flower for a June Birthdayhoneysuckle

Happy Birthday to all my June Bloomies out there!

Summer is finally here, along with all the fun, fragrant summer flowers. Honeysuckle fits right into that category as the birth month flower for June! Known for their profuse trumpet-shaped flowers and intense fragrance, this climbing vine blooms in spring and continues flowering through summer or early fall. It comes in shades of white, yellow, coral and red.

Honeysuckle Around the World

There are about 180 species of honeysuckle around the world, with approximately 20 varieties that are native to North America. In China, where there are nearly 100 native species, the flowers and berries are used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of complaints.

Honeysuckle also appears in folklore around the world. Its fragrance is thought to induce passion and love, and bringing a blooming honeysuckle into your home means that there will be a wedding within a year. Shakespeare also referenced honeysuckle in some of his works, and to this day the variety native to England is considered to be the flower of lust.

 About Honeysuckle

Did you know? Honeysuckle is edible, and the nectar is very sweet—that’s probably where the plant got its name. Many varieties have toxic berries, though, so don’t eat them unless you are positive that they aren’t harmful.

Honeysuckle are valued as garden plants—their twining vines can cover unsightly walls or outbuildings. They do best when their roots are in the shade, and their flowers are in sunlight or very light shade. Beware though—they may do so well that they begin to take over the place!

Honeysuckle are a beautiful and fragrant flower that will be enjoyed by the people, hummingbirds and bees in your garden all spring and summer long.

“A Honeysuckle Bower”

A honeysuckle bower, sweet,

Twines its fragrance ‘round my feet

And with the lily draws me toward


A gated-garden’s secret world.

S.E. Johnson

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May Birth Month Flower: Lily of the Valley

15 May

Delicate Lily of the Valley is Just the Thing for a May Bloomy

Happy birthday May Bloomies! May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley!Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Meaning

Lily of the Valley means “return to happiness,” probably because when you start to see them in your garden, you know it’s officially spring and that winter is over.

About Lily of the Valley Flowers

Super fragrant and delicate, it’s a fleeting flower popular with spring brides (Kate Middleton had some in her bouquet).

These only come in white or pale pink (I’ve never seen them in pink). Each lily has several small white bells evenly spaced on bowing stems surrounded by dark green foliage. They love the shade and are self-proliferating; one clump quickly turns into several within just a few seasons.

… The Naiad-like Lily of the Vale,

Whom youth makes so fair and passion so pale

That light of its tremulous bells is seen

Through their pavilions of tender green…

Shelley

Lily of the Valley macro

April Birth Month Flower: Sweet Peas

25 Apr
If you must go, go with flowers.

If you must go, go with flowers.

Sweet Pea Blooms for April Babies

Hi bloomies!

I was so busy enjoying the sun (and preparing for an upcoming trip) that I forgot to post this yesterday! I don’t want you to miss out on this month’s birth month flower though, the delicate little sweet pea.

About Sweet Pea Flowers

Sweet Peas are the flower for the month of April. If you have a birthday this month, then this is YOUR flower. It is powerfully fragrant, but incredibly delicate. This flower really does resemble a regular edible pea plant, with tendrils, strong vines, and beautiful hood shaped flowers.

Sweet Peas usually come in shades of white, purple, and pink. Rarely they are available in pale yellow. They are easy to grow, but don’t last very long when cut. They are truly fragile, but quite beautiful while they last.

Sweet Pea Meaning

Sweet Peas symbolizes departure. Hopefully the departure is from past negative experiences, and into positive future changes. It’s a great flower to include in a farewell bouquet, a true departure.

November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemums

7 Nov

Mums the Word

Happy Birthday November Bloomies! You lucky things, your birth month flower is the chrysanthemum. Mums are a symbol of cheer, optimism and long life. What could be more appropriate for a birthday gift?

I love working with mums because there are just so many colors and types to choose from, and they last a long time. Mums are a classic fall bloom. Their appearance so late in the season makes them really memorable. They really are a great boost of color just as everything else starts to go grey, especially here in Portland.

Varieties of Mums

The word “chrysanthemum” translates literally as golden flower, because the original variety was yellow, but since we’ve been cultivating them for about 700 years, there are now hundreds of distinct varieties of mums. They also come in just about every color imaginable.

I know that when most people think mums, they think of the potted plants you see outside of the supermarket every fall. While these are great potted plants, and are perfect on your front porch, they’re not exactly what you think of when it comes to a beautiful birthday arrangement. There are two classes of mums though- hardy and show. Essentially, hardy mums are the front porch kind and show mums are the celebration kind.

There are some really impressive mums that make great floral arrangements like Button, Spider, Japanese, Roman and Spoon Mums.

Button Mums

Pompon Mums are really perfect for bouquets because their compact burst of color really adds a lot of cheer to an arrangement. They are small and round, and come in great colors. Kermit button mums are a popular choice. It’s hard to match the energy of that bright lime green.

Spider Mums

Spider Mums get their name from their leggy petals. They’ve been cultivated for super long petals that reach out from the center. They add great texture to an arrangement. Some have longer, curlier petals, and others are almost downy. Like all mums, they come in a lot of different colors.

Japanese Mums

These mums are among the rarer varieties, and take a lot of work to bring out a truly great bloom. They’re grown one bloom to a stem, are sort of goblet shaped, and have loosely layered petals that scoop up, or dangle down depending on the type. They are  quite beautiful, but can be hard to find. They’re often seen at flower shows.

Roman Mums

This is one of my favorite type of mums to work with. They have the big bold impact of a sunflower, but they’re available later in the season, and come in more colors. Like the one in the arrangement just above, it really only takes one or two to make a statement!

Spoon Mums

These mums have a really unique petal shape, that resembles a spoon. The petals are long and slender, and open up at the end in a bowl shape. The long part is often a different color than the end part, and the center of the flower, which makes a really dramatic three colored flower.