Birth stones are divine, but for most of us, there are strict limits on the amount of emeralds and diamonds we can bestow on our loved ones. Instead, explore the versatility of birth month flower gifts, both in live and fresh cut forms.
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At a time when most landscapes are denuded of flowers, the spicy clove scent of carnations is most welcoming. The low cost of carnations has somewhat sullied their reputation as a sophisticated flower, but a skilled florist can create a contemporary design using a “foliage cage” of overlapping grasses and cube shaped vase, or a sweet pomander, to bring the excitement back to this modest bloom. Carnations are easy to work with, so why not purchase a block of floral foam and create your own modern design?
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I always envied those with a February birthday as they claim the lovely amethyst as their birthstone, but they get the iris too? The blue Dutch iris looks stunning when paired with one of the many yellow spring flowers available in late winter, like tulips, forsythia, or jonquils. Violets are also considered a birth flower for February, so a nosegay or confection dusted with candied violets would make a considerate birthday gift.
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Although you can order fresh cut daffodil arrangements for March birthday gifts, a live planted basket or trug will endure for up to two weeks longer than a bouquet would. DIY types can plan a jumbo planted basket by forcing bulbs during the winter: Keep them in a cold frame or refrigerator (apart from ethylene-emitting fruits) for 16 weeks, then pot up in a sunny window for a few more weeks before the gift-giving date.
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Celebrate April birthday babies with a gift of fresh cut daisies, either the traditional Shasta type or one of the many gerbera varieties available. The secret to the longest lasting gerbera daisy arrangements is to recondition the flowers every day. Cut off the lowest part of the stem under fresh water to encourage water uptake and to discourage rot.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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The lily of the valley has always been a favorite of royalty, as seen in the bridal bouquets of both Princess Diana and Princess Kate. The quintessential springtime flowers make a fragrant birthday gift, either as a potted gift plant or in a small bouquet. The unusual pink form is every bit as vigorous in the garden as the white variety, if you can find it.
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If a gift of roses feels cliche after all of the other flower-giving holidays, find a new way to present this timeless bloom to a loved one. Your florist can fashion a hairband using fresh roses, a wreath, or a garland. A live blooming miniature rose is a long-lasting alternative to giving rose bouquets. Finally, nothing tops the fragrance of a bunch of old garden roses rather than the standard florist rose.
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Gardeners may know the July birth month flower of larkspur by its other botanical name, the delphinium. This finicky flower prefers cool, moist summers to grow, but if that doesn’t describe your growing region, florists can create a dramatic arrangement with the tall pink, blue, purple, or white spikes of this perennial flower.
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Glads or dahlias, August birthday babies have two flashy birth flowers to choose from. The thousands of varieties of flowers included in these two genera mean you have an unlimited color palette to play with when choosing floral gifts. Gladiolus bulbs or dahlia tubers may not look pretty, but are appreciated as gifts by gardeners who love to include bold, tall flowers in their landscapes.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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The prolific blooms of a potted aster are a welcome way to bridge the gap between summer and fall when most flowers are winding down for the season. You can choose from flower colors in all shades of blue, white, pink, and purple on plants that will stay in bloom through late fall. Plant them in the ground if you desire, and the fully hardy plants will come back each year.
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The vibrant orange and gold hues of marigolds makes them a bright addition to fall decor. The low cost and lush shape of the marigold means you can give a birthday gift of a pave style flower arrangement. In this type of floral design, blooms are packed together very tightly so that no space remains between flowers. Florists often create pave designs using floral foam cut into shapes, like a monogram.
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When you give a gift of chrysanthemums, you are continuing a tradition of celebrating a flower that has been written about since the 15th century B.C. This Chinese native flower still looks lovely as part of a corsage, and brings cheer to front porches our favorite autumn colors of yellow, orange, and red.
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Not everyone gravitates to the traditional red poinsettia, so if your recipient feels like the winter holidays overshadow the birthday celebration, give a cheerful coral colored poinsettia or a color-enhanced blue type. Horticulturists have also been playing with the form of this Mexican native flower, so you can create a fairy garden with a miniature poinsettia to give as a gift, or give a poinsettia with ruffled bracts. If the birthday celebrant is a gardener, they may have fun trying to rebloom the poinsettia next year!