Monday, April 4, 2011

April -- Flower -- Daisy & Sweet Pea

"He loves me, he loves me not,

he loves me, he loves me not."


The flower for the month of April is listed as Daisy or Sweet Pea depending on which list you find. Personally I think Daisies our prettier, but that is personal choice. Both types have merit as the flower for the month of April, choose which seems most appropriate.

Flowers have always had meaning, legend and folklore associated with them. During the Victorian era is when they were at the height of mainstream popularity. When people presented nosegays to relay hidden messages, they either couldn’t or were too timid to say aloud.

Let’s take a look at the different flowers:

Daisy flowers have the symbolic meaning of curiosity, tenaciousness and playfulness. It is also been known to refer to unfettered love and innocence and I’ll never tell. However, red daisies have a specific meaning all their own of beauty unknown to the possessor of the flower.

Daisy is also listed on every list I can locate as the birth flower for the month of April. So when considering a birthday gift for someone with a birthday in April considers a pot of daisies.

Did you know that the daisy family is one of the largest families in the botanical world; there are over 1000 particular species. Marigolds, dahlias, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and asters are all part of the daisy family.

The true daisy has the botanical name of bellis perennis . When shopping for a birthday present or a gift for earth day, which is April 22nd, don’t get bogged down with semantics.

The below list is by no means all inclusive, but does give you an idea of how many different types of daisies are out there and gives you a place to start.

Gerber Daisy

Common Daisy

Pyrethrum Daisy

Oxeye Daisy

Marguerite Daisy

African Daisy

Michaelmas Daisy

Crown Daisy

Yellow Ox-eye Daisy

Tri Color Daisy

Painted Daisy

Moon Daisy

Shasta Daisy

Crown Daisy

Sweet Pea is believed to mean good-bye, delicate or blissful pleasure. Added to a nosegay the meaning can be a combination, which is dependent on the other flowers added to the nosegay. This is a very fragrant blossom that adds an enchanting enticement to any room it graces.

Sweet peas derive their name from the two different languages. One is from Greek the word lathyros meaning for pea or pulse. The second is the Latin word odoratus which means fragrant.

While there is no hard proof it is believed that the poet Keats (1795-1821) was the first to use the modern term sweet pea. Sweet peas have several important uses during that are associated with important events. They are the flower of choice as an a key component for wedding arrangements and fancy dinner parties. Most people do not realize that it is also a key ingredient in potpourris.

Sweet peas are a climbing plant that is an annual in most parts of the country. It has a growing height of 1 to 2 meters. Of course this only happens if the sweet pea has suitable support available.

These are both great flowers, so regardless of which one you choose, you can’t go wrong, whether for yourself or as a birthday gift.

Do you have a favorite flower, you would be willing to share?

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