Flower of the Month – July – Larkspur
The History and traditions surrounding the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Larkspur, could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Ruby, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the July Birth Flower.
The Language of Flowers
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Larkspur. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur is an open heart and ardent attachment. The hidden message of the July Flower, the Larkspur, so favored during the Victorian era varied according to color:
Color Pink – to symbolize fickleness
Color White – Joyful, happy-go-lucky
Color Purple – You have such as sweet disposition
All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Larkspur, are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give July Birth Flower, including the Larkspur, to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the July Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur are as follows:
Month of July, the Larkspur or Water Lily , to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4
Definition of the Larkspur:
A genus of ranunculaceous plants (Delphinium), having showy flowers, and a spurred calyx. They are natives of the North Temperate zone
They have very tall stems with many branches.
Any of numerous cultivated plants of the genus Delphinium
The July Birth Flower, the Larkspur is also called Delphinium
The name “Larkspur” is derived from the spur, of the flower and reminded some people of parts of the lark, hence “larkspur”
We at May Flower get Larkspur as per seasonal availability. It is great to use as a secondary flower in an arrangement bouquet and adds a different texture and shape to the overall outlook of the arrangement. Colors that are popularly available are Purple 90% of the time and other colors are scarce for Mumbai availability.
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Source: Web articles and magazine cut outs with some inputs by this author.