This month’s Birth Flower is chrysanthemums and peonies.
Quite often, November is lost between Halloween and the lead up to Christmas. Those having a birthday celebration may feel forgotten but why not make their day extra special and send your nearest and dearest their birth month flower.
Due to chrysanthemums coming in a wide variety of shape, colour and size, this is the reason they are the second most popular cut flowers worldwide, after roses. They originate from East Asia and are on the rise again in Europe. The chrysanthemum comes from the Asteraceae family which includes asters, daisies and sunflowers - you can easily see the similarities between the three.
The symbolism and meaning behind them vary depending on the colour - red blooms are a symbol of love, white represent loyalty and trust, whilst yellow represent sorrow. The typical meaning behind chrysanthemums is friendship and good-wishes, along with joy, happiness, good luck and respect.
The second November Birth Flower are Peonies – my absolute favourite! These sophisticated blooms represent romance, love, beauty and compassion – no wonder they are the 12th wedding anniversary flower!
Surprisingly, the peony originates from China and is known as the “King of Flowers” however the word peony is believed to be named after the Greek physician Paeon. In Luoyang, China, there is the National Peony Garden which houses over 100 different types of peonies – can you imagine how divine that would look? Definitely a reason to visit China, if you haven’t already done so.
Let’s now look a little closer to home and consider how one should care for their cut flowers, to help bring joy for just a little bit longer:
- For long-lasting flowers, buy those with closed buds.
- Check for broken stems as quite often they can be hard and brittle, especially with chrysanthemums
- Remove leaves below the water line to keep the water as pure as possible
- Keep temperatures cool (not what you want to be hearing, heading into winter!) as the warmth can dry them out
- Cut stems every week to promote healthy drinking
Please share with us your birth month flowers on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget our Small, Medium and Large pots can be found here, which are ideal for both inside and outside plants and flowers.