JULY BIRTH FLOWER
Larkspur is the common name given to continuing species of Delphinium and seasonal species of Consolida. Delphinium, in turn, comes from the Latin word for dolphin and refers to the fitness of the nectary, the nectar-filled spur of the flower. And larkspur? That’s because it follows the bird’s long hind claw.
is the perfect cottage garden plant, fine at the back of a mixed border. It does well in Britain’s relatively cool vacations and may struggle in the course. This is a member of the buttercup family – you’ll see the resemblance if you look exactly at the leaves. It hardly seems reasonable, but these tall, graceful spikes of blue, purple, pink, or white flowers are highly toxic.
No wallflower, this. The larkspur is the good looking, showily dressed party guest who reaches the middle of the room and sows the limelight.
Given as a birth flower for July, the larkspur imports love and joy.
The water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, is native to torrid and temperate regions of the world, including the UK. British natives such as Nymphaea alba look exotic, yet remain surprisingly strong, flower for six months a year, and cover up to nine square meters of water.
There are also little species, with teacup-sized flowers that will grow in a small bowl and make a great tabletop or porch water feature.
At the opposite end of the scale is the amazing giant Victoria, the world’s largest water lily. This resident of the Amazon region has tea tray-like flowers up to three meters in diameter and caused a huge stir when it made its public debut in Britain.
architect and member of parliament Joseph Paxton was the first to bring it to flower and later used its ribbed leaves as the inspiration for the Crystal Palace.
MONTH BIRTH FLOWER MEANING
January Carnation Snowdrop Admiration, love, Hope, rebirth
February Violet Primrose Modesty, faithfulness, Young love
March Daffodil New beginnings, prosperity
April Daisy Sweet pea Purity, innocence Blissful pleasure
May Lily of the valley Hawthorn Sweetness, motherhood Hope
June Rose Honeysuckle Romance Happiness
July Larkspur Water lily Positivity, dignity Purity
August Gladiolus Poppy Strength of character Imagination
September Aster Morning glory Love, affection Unrequited love, mortality
October Marigold Cosmos Creativity, passion Peace, tranquility
November Chrysanthemum Loyalty, honesty
December Narcissus Holly Hope, wealth Protection, defense
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