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Floriography, by Gina Margolies

October's Birth Month Flower

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October's Birth Month Flower

October’s birth month flower is the festive Marigold. This Birthday Blossom is bright, cheerful and talented. Scientifically referred to as tagetes, the common name marigold is derived from the words “Mary’s Gold,” as the marigold was called by early Christians who placed the flowers around statues of Mary, offering the blossoms in place of coins. Today, the marigold is a festival flower in many cultures. It is significant in Nepal, where marigold garlands are used almost in every household, especially during the Tihar festival. The marigold is also widely cultivated in India and Thailand, where large quantities of marigolds are...

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September's Birth Month Flower

Birthday Blossoms

September's Birth Month Flower

September’s Birthday Blossom is the lovely Aster. This Birthday Blossom is patient, elegant and dainty.   The scientific name asteraceae and the common name aster both come from the Greek word for star. This lovely perennial star-like flower can be found in a variety of colors including white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, with mostly yellow centers. In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from the aster’s leaves could drive away evil serpents. Today they are known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience. Asters perfectly capture the beautiful gifts of color nature faithfully gives...

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June's Birth Month Flower

Birthday Blossoms

June's Birth Month Flower

June’s Birthday Blossom is the lovely Rose.  This Birthday Blossom is loving, romantic and eternal. Familiar to romantics everywhere, the rose represents love in all its various forms - the romantic love of Valentine's Day or an anniversary, filial love on Mother's Day or a birthday and compassionate love in the case of an illness or funeral. The ancient Romans associated the rose with Venus, the goddess of love. The rose has been the national flower of England since Henry VII combined the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York to make the Tudor Rose, symbol of...

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May's Birth Month Flower Lily of the Valley

Birthday Blossoms

May's Birth Month Flower Lily of the Valley

May’s Birthday Blossom is the fragrant Lily of the Valley.  This Birthday Blossom is gentle, sweet, and optimistic. Lily of the Valley is a dainty, bell-shaped flower which blooms in early spring. In many cultures it signifies the return of happiness, probably because of its association with a new spring. The scientific name for Lily of the Valley, convallaria majalis, literally means “of or belonging to May,” making this the perfect flower for May babies. Lily of the Valley makes frequent appearances in bridal bouquets and was chosen by Catherine Middleton when she married England’s Prince William. The sweet-smelling lily of...

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Birthday Blossoms Spring Vision Board

Birthday Blossoms

Birthday Blossoms Spring Vision Board

Have you ever done something just because you liked it and then found out afterward that it was actually really cool? I am not cool so this typically does not happen to me. But it turns out that one of my passions - adorning myself with flowers - is completely hip and fashionable. Who knew? Not surprisingly, I love flowers on clothes and accessories. Naturally my favorites are Birthday Blossoms totes and scarves but really, I will take any flowers. I have found that a few beautiful flowers brighten up any day. Wearing them lets me carry the brightness around...

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