Flowers and months. From January to December
The first month of the year, January is represented by the Carnation. According to the Christian legend, when Jesus Christ carried the cross to Golgotha for all of our sins, this flower appeared behind him on the ground.
The flower of February is Iris. Iris was often the symbol or decoration of many medieval knights and nobles, but especially the French aristocrats. It often symbolized valor of a knight, friendship or wisdom. The most popular color of this flower is blue.
The symbol of April is Daisy. This delicate flower is the symbol of innocence and also loyalty in love.
A white lily is the flower of May and this flower represents things like purity, majesty and virginity. Because of this, Daisies are often depicted in meadows in Medieval paintings
Daffodil is the flower of March. This flower is sometimes also called Narcissus. In most cultures it is a herald of a better times to come. For instance, in Chinese culture, if it blooms for New year’s eve it means that year will be good.
Representing the month of June is the flower that has been the object of songs and poems more than any other. The Rose. We usually think of a red rose, but there are many different colors of roses and each color has its meaning. A red rose symbolizes passion.
Delphinium got its name from the word Delphi’s because it looks a bit like a nose of a dolphin. It is a symbol of open heart and a flower attached to the month of July. Other names are Lark’s heel by Shakespeare, Lark’s claw and Knight’s spur
August is the month of Gladioli. This flower derives its name from the name of the Roman sword gladius and is often called sword lily. It represents sincerity and honesty. Most species of this flower are native to the tropic regions of south Africa and some originate from the Mediterranean.
Aster, the flower whose name means star on ancient Greek, is the flower of September. Aster usually symbolizes love. This lush textured flower has long been considered enchanted. It was even believed that a perfume made from the leaves of Aster can drive evil spirits away.
Marigold is another flower that has a high place in Christian religion and culture. Often called Mary’s gold in honor of the virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. In other cultures, however it has a completely negative connotation and represents jealousy and cruelty. This is the flower of October.
Chrysanthemum can be found in many different colors and each color has its own meaning but most of are those of happiness and optimism. Chrysanthemum is the flower of November. Its original color is golden (chrys). To Confucius this flower is a perfect object of meditation.
And finally, December. The last month of the year, which by itself has an important meaning in most cultures is represented by the Poinsettia which is also known as the Christmas Star. This flower grows only in Central and South America and is a symbol of merriment.