The narcissus is the December birth flower and symbolizes good wishes, faithfulness and respect. The narcissus can often be confused with the daffodil, the birth flower for March, which is a type of narcissus. Although most narcissus flowers are spring flowers, there are several species that bloom in the winter, such as the paperwhite narcissus — making it appropriate as the birth flower for December.
The holidays are all about spending quality time with close friends and family. They are the most festive time of year, meaning that you’ll need to be prepared when it comes to party planning. To help you plan the perfect holiday event, we’ve rounded up the best holiday entertaining tips from celebrity stylists, designers, chefs and other seasoned party planners. read more
Orchids, also known as Orchidaceae, are one of the most beautiful flowers around due to their large, long-lasting blooms and crisp colors. They can be found in white, pink, magenta, purple and yellow hues. Orchids symbolize fertility, elegance and love. For this reason, they are often given as gifts for new parents. read more
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
One of the most important decisions in a wedding is deciding which flowers you should include. The blooms you choose will be sprinkled throughout your big day, from the bridal bouquet to the table decor. They should match your theme and wedding colors while still showing off your style. read more
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
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
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