November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum is the November birth flower. Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China many centuries ago, and have appeared in ancient Chinese writings since 15th century BC. The Chinese used the chrysanthemum as an herbal remedy for various ailments such as headache relief, reducing blood pressure and as an anti-inflammatory. read more

September Birth Flower: Aster

The aster is the September birth flower. Part of the daisy family, it is a composite flower, which means  that it is made of a central core of tiny flowerheads surrounded by long petals. The aster is a wildflower with more than 600 species, with colors range from white to red and orange. However, the aster is known best for its striking bluish-purple color. This September flower is also one of the most colorful flowers of fall.

According to the ancient Greeks, the aster flower came to be when the Greek god, Astraea, was saddened by how few stars were in the sky. One night, she was so upset that she began to cry. As the tears streamed down her face and hit the ground, they turned into beautiful star-shaped aster flowers. In Greek, aster means “star.” read more

October Birth Flower: Marigold

The marigold is the October birth flower. It is known for its vibrant orange color and is native to the Mediterranean. The first recorded cultivation of marigolds began with the Aztecs, who believed that the sunny flower possessed magical properties. Spanish conquistadors took these marigolds back with them to Spain where they were grown in monasteries. read more

July birth flower larkspur

July Birth Flower: Larkspur

The larkspur is the July birth flower. Larkspurs are annual species of the genus delphinium, and the names are used interchangeably. The name larkspur comes from the Tudors, due to the bloom’s resemblance to a lark’s spur or claw. According to Greek mythology, this July flower blossomed where the blood of Ajax was spilled in the battle of Troy. read more

June Borthday Flower rose

June Birth Flower: Rose

The rose is the June birth flower. Its sweet fragrance and timeless beauty heralds the advent of summer like no other bloom. The name “rose” is derived from the Latin word rosa. During the height of Rome, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East and used as medicine, perfumes, and at celebrations as confetti.

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May birth flower lily of the valley

May Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley

The lily of the valley is the May birth flower. This springtime flower is also known as the May lily or French “muguet des bois. Its scientific name is Convallaria majalis, where the first part of the name means “valley” and the second part means “belonging to Maia.”

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What Your Zodiac Says About Your “Mom”-ing Style

For most women, being a mother can feel like it was written in the stars. From personality traits to compatibility, studying your zodiac signs as parents is an interesting way to understand your relationship with yourself and your children. Using astrology to identify your strengths and weaknesses is a great way to not only figure out your parenting style, but strengthen your relationship with others. Find your sign below to learn more about the connection between your zodiac and parenting style! read more

lavender orchid blossom

Types of Orchids: A Visual Compendium

Did you know there are more than 20,000 types of orchids in the world? That’s more than four times the number of mammal species! While most are found in tropical rainforests and grasslands in far off places, a fair amount are also native to the United States. A favorite in homes worldwide, the “Orchidaceae” family features blooms that are vibrant, tropical and fragrant.

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