Flowers are one of the most beautiful presents that can be given to anyone. It’s a thoughtful gift that brings so much colour, beauty, and symbolism into everyday life. So much so that they’ve become a staple of birthday, anniversary, and special occasion gifts.
It’s of no surprise then, that people used flowers to communicate long before email, texting, instant messaging, and even phone calls.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, floriography (flower language) soared in popularity in Victorian England. This was a way for Victorians to communicate and express feelings that could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.
Despite the fact that we now have more means to communicate, the messages conveyed through flowers remain as valuable as they have always been. Gifting birth flowers will surely make the receiver feel extra special as it is rich in meaning.
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Birth Flowers & Their Meanings
Here is a simple guide to get you started:
January: Carnation & Snowdrop
January’s birth flowers are carnations and snowdrops.
Carnations, the most popular January birth flower, come in nearly every colour of the rainbow, including purple, red, yellow, and even green!
However, don’t let the delicate appearance of carnations fool you. They are hardy flowers that can grow in harsh conditions, even during the cold winter months in seasonal countries.
Carnations represent awe, affection, and remembrance – perfect for persevering January babies. In a bouquet, these lovely blossoms work well as a filler flower or as the main theme.
The snowdrop is January’s secondary birth flower. In the wild, snowdrops bloom in large patches and resemble a snow-covered field. These flowers represent renewal and hope, which is especially appropriate for the first month of the year.
However, do note that in different cultures, snowdrops are considered bad luck as they often grow in cemeteries and churchyards.
For a similarly shaped flowers try orchids instead!
They don’t come with the negative connotations of snowdrops and are sold by most florists in Singapore.
February: Violet & Primrose
While many people associate February with red roses because of Valentine’s Day, the violet takes the spot of February’s birth flower instead.
Violets are thought to represent virtue, modesty, and humility. This birth flower is most known for its blue-purple colour, although the species also come in yellow, blue, and cream.
Around for millennia, these flowers have been used to express faithfulness and love throughout human history.
- • During ancient times in Greece, many people incorporated violets into love potions.
- • In the Victorian era, a gift of violets was a declaration of faithfulness.
Today, violets still serve as a lovely reminder of devotion, thoughtfulness, and reliability, making it a thoughtful gift for the emotionally sensitive people born in February.
The primrose, a pale yellow perennial with European origins, is another bloom commonly cited as February’s birth flower.
Its name is derived from the Latin word “primus”, meaning “early” or “first”, acknowledging that the primrose is the first flower to blossom in spring. As for this birth flower meaning, primroses are associated with youth, young love, and eternal life, making them suitable as a gift for your significant other.
Did you know that primroses are also edible?
Consider yellow icing and a few primroses for decoration if you’re creating a birthday cake for a friend or family member born in February.
Next, daffodils are the March birth flower.
These cheerful yellow flowers represent unrivalled love, new beginnings and serve as a life-affirming emblem. A symbol of happiness and hope as well, daffodils are a reminder that life is wonderful as long as you have loved ones in your life.
March babies are thought to be upbeat and cheerful, making daffodils the natural choice for March’s birth flower.
It may be difficult to find daffodils in Singapore, so we recommend ranunculus flowers for that bright pop of yellow and flared-out look instead!
April: Daisy & Sweet Pea
The daisy and sweet pea are the April birth flowers.
There are five popular types of daisies, each with a bright yellow centre and petals varying across the rainbow. In fact, gerbera daisies with their dramatic stalks, are one of the most popular flowers today.
The lovely daisy is a sign of innocence, new beginnings, and pure love. It’s the birth flower of anybody born in April, and it’s a lovely addition to a spring bouquet!
Sweet peas are a symbol of happiness. They add a splash of colour to gardens and bouquets, symbolising delicate, exquisite delight.
Furthermore, sweet peas have an amazing scent and are a terrific way to make your home smell like spring!
On the other end, sweet peas are also used to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful time, serving as an ideal departure gift.
May: Lily of the Valley & Hawthorn
The lily of the valley is May’s primary birth flower, bearing a cluster of tiny flowers on a single stem with a pleasant scent. These lilies are also commonly known as May bells because they bloom in May.
In bouquets, the white, delicate petals are commonly combined with lush greenery to contrast the wildflower-like aesthetic.
The lily of the valley represents motherhood, humility, and gentleness. They’d make a wonderful birthday present for your mother!
They are also a staple in bridal bouquets for the same reasons.
Hawthorn, often known as a May tree, has exquisite pink or white blossoms that are rich in meaning and symbolism, especially in Irish tradition.
As May’s birth flowers, they represent love and protection for everything in your environment, as well as hope and happiness.
Hawthorn’s crimson berries are also occasionally used as fillers in bouquets to provide colour and texture. These fruits represent fertility.
For the same delicate aesthetic of these two flowers, a more common bloom in Singapore would be baby’s breaths. Furthermore, they come in a wide variety of colours, providing more flexibility for your customised bouquet.