Symbolism of Violet: February Birth Flower

The violet has a charming and long history of mythology. Greek myth states that Zeus fell in love with Io. Zeus was afraid that Hera, his wife, would discover him and Io, so he made Io into a white heifer. Zeus created the sweet-scented flower that we know as the violet for Io to eat … Continue reading Symbolism of Violet: February Birth Flower

Primrose: The Flower of February

COMMON NAME:  primrose GENUS:  Primula SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: P. denticulata-lavender, purple, or white flowers; grows to 12 inches. P. japonica 'Millar Crimson'-flowers whorled around 24-inch stem; blooms May-June. P. polyanthus-best known; colors are red, pink, blue, gold, and white, all with small yellow eyes. FAMILY:  Primulaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Primroses form an attractive … Continue reading Primrose: The Flower of February

November Birthflower: Chrysanthemum

COMMON NAME: chrysanthemum GENUS: Chrysanthemum SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: The garden chrysanthemum, C. morifolium, is a hybrid developed from four species native to Asia. Many cultivars have been developed from this one, differing in size, shape, type of flowering head, growth habit, color, and time of bloom. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: Fall TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: The many classes … Continue reading November Birthflower: Chrysanthemum

Welcome October: Calendula, October Birth~flower

COMMON NAME: calendula GENUS: Calendula SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: C. Officinalis 'Golden Gem'- dwarf; double; yellow. 'Pacific Beauty'- double; yellow, orange, apricot; more heat tolerant than other cultivars. 'Orange Gem'- double; medium orange. 'Chrysantha'- double; buttercup yellow. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: summer and fall TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Calendulas have light green aromatic leaves and large {up to … Continue reading Welcome October: Calendula, October Birth~flower

Aster: September Birthflower

COMMON NAME: aster GENUS: Aster SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: Most hybrids were developed from A. Novae-belgii and A. Novae-angliae. 'Eventide'- purple; 4 to 5 feet tall; from A. Novae-belgii, 'Harrington's Pink'- light pink; 5 feet tall; from A. Novae-angliae. Dwarf forms also available. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: Fall TYPE: annuals and perennials DESCRIPTION: Small daisy-like flowers come in shades … Continue reading Aster: September Birthflower