Monday, June 6, 2011

June -- Flower -- Rose & Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is the primary flower for those born in the month of June, with Rose listed as an alternate. We do like choices, though of the two I prefer honeysuckle in my garden. While roses are pretty, honeysuckle tends to have more personality and a softer look to it.

Yet, roses by far have had more written about them, more variety available and are more universally known. Which isn’t a bad thing, especially if you are shopping for someone born in the month of June; it just means more choices, which is always a good thing.

In trying to choose which flowers to give or add to your own garden it is fun to remember that flowers through the ages have had meaning associated with them. Popularized during the Victorian Era, the meanings associated with flowers have been around much longer.

There meanings have changed and adapted thru the years; Depending on region and the political climate and the social climate of the times. The message of each individual flower can also be altered when giving them as a bouquet according to what other flowers you add to it.

As a child I spent a great deal of time in the garden and had some great teachers form them I learned the following meanings for honeysuckle and roses.

Honeysuckle is said to relay fidelity, devoted affection, vision of spirit, generous personality, and happiness especially in regards to family hearth and home.

Coral Honeysuckle specifically means the color of my fate or "I Love You”, depending on what other flowers you combine it with prior to giving it as a gift. It is the only specific type of honeysuckle with its own message, which I learned or have run across in the intervening years.

Though one phrase really sums the meaning of them all regardless of type of honeysuckle and that is
"The bond of love".

Rose's on the other hand have always been associated with Valentine’s Day and love. So it should come as no surprise that the general meaning of roses includes passion, friendship, beauty and intense love.

Rose’s have significantly more refined meaning associated with the different colors of flowers than any other flower that I am aware of. Part of this is due to the wide variety available, and their popularity. Rose’s have always been widely popular in formal gardens.

This folowing list includes a few of the different messages I learned as a child and a few I have learned on my own since then. This is by no means a complete list, as I don’t know them all.

• Tea Rose’s – which are by far my favorite type of rose means  -- I'll Remember, Always Faithful.

• Yellow Roses – I would have to say that of standard sized rose’s this would be my first choice. There is just something about them that I like. It is believed to mean either Joy or Friendship.

• Red Roses – Love and passion when given singly or in a bouquet. Yet, it has also been known to mean bashful, feeling shame, respect and beauty.

• Pink Roses – Are a softer version of red, yet there meaning varies greatly. From thankfulness, grace, indecision, sweetness, to innocence, friendship and joy.

• White Roses – As with most white flowers indicate innocence. Yet, for roses they can also signify in their meaning silence, humility, purity and secrecy. It is all about the companion plants you put with it.

• Lavender Roses -- are enchanting. That is how I learned the meaning of them. They are given as a gift to someone whom you are enchanted with.

This covers a very small portion of rose colors that are available today. But these are the ones that have really stuck with me since childhood. And they tend to be the most common roses available.

Remember too that those born in the month of June, have been born at the end of one season and the beginning of another. As June 21st is the official first day of summer. Fresh flowers or plants make a great gift, especially if they like to garden.

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