Darling daisies

I love daisies. They really are a cheerful flower to brighten your day.

The more I study flowers, seek out new species for my yard or for writing about in this column, and the more kinds I see as I travel around the world — the more amazing flowers become to me.

I’m sure it was the same in past centuries. Historic records referred quite often to flowers, which held meaning even then. This is very understandable. There is a natural perfection when you look at a flower, second only, in my opinion, to human beings.

Technology has gotten a hold of the flower-growing industry, and I’m pretty sure that is not a good thing.

Yes, science may help flowers stay pretty longer, and technology may breed in new colors, but then, that’s sort of messing with the natural perfection to me. Smells are lost and some species hardly look like themselves.

Flowers seem to have a language all their own. They can relate feelings and emotions, almost as if they could talk themselves — saying things such as “I love you,” “forgive me,” “congratulations,” “I’m thinking about you,” “way to go” and “I’m sorry for your loss.”

I knew that each month has a designated birth stone, but I never knew there is a designated birth flower.

The birth month flowers are as follows:

January: Carnation or “flower of the gods”; most cultivated in flower industry.

February: Iris represents hope, wisdom and faith; Fleur de Lis comes from the iris.

March: Daffodil means rebirth, unrequited love, or “Lent Lily.”

April: Daisy can brighten up a special day; many types and colors.

May: Lily of the Valley insinuates purity and humility; white and used in weddings.

June: Rose species have many colors and are most recognizable flower; means love.

July: Larkspur are mostly blue but may be red, purple, pink and white; great for arrangements.

August: Gladiolus is Latin for “sword” and represents strength and integrity.

September: Aster or “star” flowers bloom during this month and represent daintiness and patience.

October: Marigold can stand for either sympathy or grace; an annual which seeds easily.

November: Chrysanthemum or “mum” may come in many colors and can withstand freezing temperatures; stands for friendship and compassion.

December: Paperwhite Narcissus comes from Greek mythology and represents sweetness; commonly given as Christmas gifts in December.

Darla Horner Menking is an outdoor enthusiast and Herald correspondent. Contact her at darla.menking@gmail.com.

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