‘If a kiss could be seen it would look like a Violet’
For me, February is truly the month of new beginnings. In January, we are settling into the year after the post-Christmas rush, and trying (really hard!) to stick to those new year resolutions. Then February comes around and we feel we can really get kick started with the year ahead. For those of you luckily enough to be born in this wonderful month, as the spring flowers begin to bloom, your birth flower is the violet.
Whilst many usually associate the red rose with February, thanks to Valentine’s Day on the 14th (friendly reminder!), it’s the violet's turn to take the stage this month. February truly is the month where roses are red and violets are blue.
The heart shaped, scalloped petals of the violet are charming and delicate, which is reflected in their popularity around the world. The violet is said to be a symbol of modesty and virtue and has roots buried in history to prove its links. This stunning flower is thought to have been first introduced by the Greeks around 500 BC and also has links with Greek mythology. As the story goes, Artemis transformed one of her nymphs into a violet, to protect her modesty, which also explains where the phrase ‘shrinking violet’ comes from. The Ancient Greeks even used it as an ingredient in love potions and it was known as one of the first ever hangover cures!
This purple hued bloom is also said to represent the modesty of the Virgin Mary, linking this flower with Christianity. The violet also represents faithfulness, making this flower a great choice for a long-term partner or engagement of a friend or family member.
Spiritual wisdom is also something that the violet is said to represent, so if you have a spiritual person in your life, a bouquet of violets could be the perfect gift, you could even add their birthstone, an Amethyst crystal, as a great gift package.
Today, there are over 500 species of Violet, known as the ‘Viola’. The most popular and widely grown are Common Blue Violets, Sweet violets and Garden violets.
In times past, flowers were used as a means of communication, expressing feelings and emotions from person to person (be that good or bad!) I know we might be bias, but in this modern age of texts and emails, is there really a better way to show someone you care than by sending flowers? It shows you have put real thought into the flowers that are personal and unique to them.
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