What is your Birth Month Flower?

Polymer clay is the first craft that I learned and I started making clay chibis and trinkets in 2013. When I learned that there are already a number of polymer clay artist in the Philippines, I tried to check on other crafts that are not that common. A picture of a pendant on Pinterest which I thought was made of clay, but turns out to be made from Silk Ribbons triggers my interest to explore another craft.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery (SRE) is a craft known to make beautiful life like flowers. But I want to create my special line of SRE products that I can sell. Something that is quite unique and will have special meaning to my clients.

I have thought that if there were Birth Month Stones, maybe there's a chance that there will be Birth Month Flowers. My hunch is right and there are actually 2 sets of them. A British (UK) and American (US) versions of Birth Month Flowers.

I eventually launched my Birth Month Flowers pendants for the first bazaar/craft fair I joined, BGC Art Mart 5 last February 2014. It was scheduled to run for 2 weekends and luckily I have all my SRE pendants sold the first week. Knowing it will take more than a month for me to have a new batch of Silk Ribbons (it is not available locally and have to be ordered overseas), I have used the same Birth Month Flower concept and SRE techniques, this time for my polymer clay lockets. It was also sold out and the rest (as they say) was history.

Today I use the concept of Birth Month Flower to customize craft creations that I make. Making my items more personalized and have special meanings to the one who will wear it.

So, what is your Birth Month Flower?

JANUARY (UK)
Snow Drop

"Snow Drop" is the birth month flower for January.
It symbolizes hope and beauty.

"I like to think
That, long ago
There fell to Earth
Some flakes of snow"
"Which loves this cold
Grey world of ours
So, much they stays
As snowdrop flowers"
~ Carry Poem~

JANUARY (US)

carnation

“Carnation” is the birth month flower for January.
It symbolizes loyalty, love, pride, beauty and purity.

“Bouquet of loveliness given with care,
ripplin’ petals explode with such flare.
Powdery pinkish, emit aromas sublime,
carnations delight since the start of time.”
~Sheri Poe-Pope~

FEBRUARY (UK)

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"Violets " is the birth month flowers for February.
It symbolizes modesty, faithfulness, wisdom and hope.

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colour bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.
~ Jane Taylor ~

FEBRUARY (US)

primrose

"Primrose " is the birth month flowers for February.
It symbolizes modesty, distinction and virtue.

My sweet primrose with thy open face,
And with fringe-like leaves, without a trace
Of coarseness, either in flower or stem,
Among all my plants thou art the gem.
~ Joseph Horatio Chant~

MARCH (UK) & (US)

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"Daffodil" is the birth month flower for March.
It symbolizes spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect, regard and friendship.

 

"I'm everyone's darling:
the blackbird and starling
Are shouting about me from blossoming boughs;
For I, the Lent Lily,
the Daffy-down-dilly,
Have heard through the country
the call to arouse."
The Song Of The Daffodil Fairy, a spring Flower Fairy poem
~Cicely M. Barker~

APRIL (UK)

daisy

"Daisy" is the birth month flower for April.
It symbolizes modesty, simplicity, innocence, loyal love

"In youth from rock to rock I went
From hill to hill, in discontent
Of pleasure high and turbulent,
Most pleas'd when most uneasy;
But now my own delights I make,
My thirst at every rill can slake,
And gladly Nature's love partake
Of thee, sweet Daisy!"
~William Wordsworth~

APRIL (US)

sweet-pea

"Sweet Pea" is the birth month flower for April.
It symbolizes blissful pleasure.

 

"Here are sweet peas,on tip-toe for a flight
With wings of gentle flusho'er delicate white,
And taper fingers catching at all things
To bind them all about with tiny rings."
~ John Keats ~

MAY  (UK) & (US)

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"Lily of the Valley" is the birth month flower for May.
It symbolizes humility, chastity, and sweetness.

 

"Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
In the fragrant vernal days
Is the Lily of the Valley
With its soft, retiring ways.
Well, you chose this humble blossom
As the nurse's emblem flower,
Who grows more like her ideal
Every day and every hour.
Like the Lily of the Valley
In her honesty and worth,
Ah, she blooms in truth and virtue
In the quiet nooks of earth"
~ Paul Laurence Dunbar ~

JUNE (UK) & (US)

Rose

"Rose" is the birth month flower for June.
It symbolizes love, gratitude, appreciation.

"A gathering of roses
A gift of love for you
May all your days be filled with joy
And all your dreams come true"
~Anonymous~

JULY (UK)

larkspur

"Larkspur" is the birth month flower for July.
It symbolizes lightheartedness and levity.

Larkspur, every shade of blue,
Wants to come and live with you;
Fairy bluebirds, poised for flight
In yout garden would alight
Nodding, nodding, to and fro
They’re not like any flower you know
That spur won’t scratch
That hairy thing
So like a bee, will never sting
~Le Petit Poulailler~

JULY (US)

waterlily

"Water Lily” is the birth month flower for July.
It symbolizes joy, fickleness and sweetness.

"While it floats ever so peacefully,
the surrounding waters ripple and splash.
It was created quite wonderfully,
making all other flowers seem as ash.
The pretty little petals display such grace
as they manage to stay afloat in the water.
Their delicate features remain in place,
even as the summer sun gets hotter."
~Taylor Swift~

AUGUST (UK)
gladiolous

"Gladiolus" is the birth month flower for August.
It symbolizes pleasure, strength and remembrance.

Offering the eye a visual cacophony of shapes and rainbows,
Representing the victorious gladiators who defeated all foes,
A jewel of this earth,August's birthflower,
Charismatic,brilliant and beauteous
Oh! gladiolus,you are truly glorious!
~ Apramita ~

AUGUST (US)

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"Poppy" is the birth month flower for August.
It symbolizes pleasure, strength and remembrance.

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there:
Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came,
And the fanning wind puffed it to flapping flame.
With burnt mouth, red like a lion's, it drank
The blood of the sun as he slaughtered sank,
And dipped its cup in the purpurate shine
When the Eastern conduits ran with wine.
~ Francis Thompson ~

SEPTEMBER (UK) & (US)
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"Aster, Forget me not and Morning Glory" are the birth month flowers for September.
It symbolizes patience, daintiness and love.

So small, so blue, in grassy places
My flowers raise
Their tiny faces.
By streams my bigger sisters grow,
And smile in gardens,
In a row.
I've never seen a garden plot;
But though I'm small
Forget me not!"
The song of the forget me not fairy
~ Cicely M. Barker ~

OCTOBER (US) & (UK)

marigold-calendula

"Marigold” & “Calendula”  are the birth month flower for October.
It symbolizes grace, protection, comfort, healing and affection.

"A garden of marigolds....orange, yellow and rust,
Bright, soft and rich, touched with golden dust.
Quiet and regal, sun kissed and fair,
Basil -citrus fragrance that mellows the moist air.
A thousand smiling marigolds, a thousand smiling suns,
Sweet nectar, ambrosia, for natures gentle ones.
Woven into garlands, yellow with tips of red,
Woven into memories with many a words unsaid."
~ Nishu Mathur ~

NOVEMBER (US) & (UK)

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"Chrysanthemum" is the birth month flower for November.
It symblolizes cheerfulness, friendship and abundance

"The rose is called the queen of flowers,
Surrounded by her sisters fair,
A lovely throng of beauties rare,
She holds her court 'mid summer bowers,
'Neath smiling skies of sunny blue,
Gayly they bloom the summer through
Brightening all the golden hours.
But when the autumn days have come
Then blooms our sweet Chrysanthemum."
~ Poetry of Kansas~

DECEMBER (UK)

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"Holly and Poinsettia" is the birth month flower for December.
It symbolizes sweetness, self-esteem, success and good cheer.

"O, I am green in Winter-time
When other trees are brown
Of all the trees
So saith the rhyme
The holly bears the crown."

The Song Of The Holly Fairy, Flower Fairies of the Winter
~ Cicely M. Barker ~

DECEMBER (US)
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"Jonquil" is the birth month flower for December.
It symbolizes sweetness and self-esteem.

One lonely jonquil bows her timid head.
From earth and rain her slender leaves are fed.
Then, sunlight peeks upon the shaded site.
Sun offers warmth from snowy chills of night.
~ Rick Parise ~