Well! It's the first Friday of the month and that means it's time for Fresh- Cut Friday.
Can you believe that I started this party almost a year ago!? Well, since then I have seen so many other blogs with their own version, (all of which are wonderful) but I thought I would change things up a little and feature a Birthday Flower of the Month. Please still link up your flower or garden posts. They don't have to be anything specific. Just pretty!
I am going to start a new series and share something a little more specific.
How about the Flower of the Month?
The Birthday Flower of the Month for July is Larkspur. Similar to Delphinium and is part of the same Buttercup family. Indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere it is also found in the tropical Mountains of Africa.
(this was taken from google images...not my photo...isn't it gorgeous?)
These beauties bloom from late spring to late summer. They are pollinated by butterflies and bumble bees, however, most species are poisonous.
Colloquial Names: Larkspur or Delphinium are lark's heel, lark's claw and knight's spur.
Meaning: Delphinium, Hybrid (coming from the Greek word delphis, referring to the flower's resemblance to the bottle-like nose of the dolphin) generally symbolizes big-heartedness, fun, fickleness, lightness and levity. It also can mean "ardent attachment". And, as with other flowers, the colors can mean even more. Pink, fickleness and Purple, first love and White, happy-go-lucky.
An interesting tid-bit: Mixing the juice form the Larkspur seed with alum can create a blue ink. Because of the blue color it used to be used in Transylvania on the stables to ward away witches.
If you are enjoying a Birthday this month you deserve a big bouquet of Larkspur!
Now, Larkspur is not grown locally here in the desert. So I had to order some.
Not very expensive, I got these from Phoenix Flower Shops for $3.10 per stem.
The girl on the phone Saturday morning was so sweet and helpful! I also picked up a sunflower or two and some mini carnations and daisies.
It's just a little Patriotic, don't you think? I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
Next Month's flower is the Gladiolus!
Now! Let's see your pretty arrangements.