April showers may bring May flowers, but April also brings cheerful flowers of its own. April birthdays can celebrate with two birth month flowers – the daisy and the sweet pea. These spring flowers allow you to enjoy beautiful and happy floral goodness all in one month!
The daisy gets its name from the English phrase that means “days eye” because their petals close up in the evening and open back up at the morning’s dawn. A native to Asia and Europe, it is not uncommon to see daisies growing in the wild in the United States. In fact, they are so abundant that they make up approximately 10% of all flowering plants in the world and grow on every continent except Antarctica.
With its yellow center and white petals, it’s the classic flower that you’ve seen the forlorn lover plucking the petals while chanting, “He loves me, he loves me not.” Interestingly, the daisy’s center and outer petals are two flowers. The center is a cluster of several tiny yellow disc florets. The white “ray-like” petal florets surround the yellow florets – giving the impression of a single flower bloom. This is one reason that bees love daisies. The size of the flower provides the perfect landing foundation for a bee that is trying to collect pollen and nectar. The tiny florets that make up the yellow center allows bees to collect a lot of food in one landing
With its star-shaped blooms, it is not surprising that the daisy is part of the sunflower family. Daisies have been around since at least 2200 B.C. when the Egyptians used them to treat illnesses. The English later used them to treat eye and stomach problems. The daisy is still known for being high in Vitamin C and is used in herbal and homeopathic medicine to treat a variety of ailments such as slowing bleeding, soothing coughs, and easing indigestion. The daisy is also edible and is often used as a salad, sandwich, or dessert garnish. Many people associate the daisy with purity and freshness, hence the term “fresh as a daisy.”
Daisies are one of the most versatile flowers. They make beautiful wedding bouquets, thoughtful friendship arrangements, sympathetic funeral flowers, and can even be found growing like weeds in fields along the highway. You can easily create your own daisy and sunflower center piece from a relaxing stroll down a county road!
In contrast with the whimsical cheerfulness of the daisy bloom, sweet pea flowers possess a more elegant and sophisticated bloom. Sweet peas grow beautifully over archways and are a good trellis flower because they are a climbing flower. They have dainty butterfly-like petals and are known for their “sweet” scent. Its name is derived the Greek and Latin words, “fragrant pea.” But despite its name, the sweet pea flower is not edible like the daisy. Sweet pea seeds and flowers are poisonous.
Throughout history it has been cultivated for its pleasant and intoxicating aroma. Sweet peas are often used in arrangements to show gratitude, thanks, and remembrance. You will see their blooms in many colors such as white, pink, purple, violet and red.
The first sweet pea flower was identified by the Sicilian monk Franciscus Cupani in 1695. The flower made its way to Great Britain where different varieties were first identified, including the pale and darker-pink Painted Lady variety. Several gardeners have contributed to the popularity and evolution of the sweet pea over the years including Silas Cole who was a gardener working for the Spencer family – as in the Spencers of Diana, Princess of Wales. With each evolution the flowers have grown larger and more vibrant. Sweet peas make great center arrangements and wedding bouquets!
Petals and Pinot
Want to celebrate an April birthday or job promotion by sending a special flower arrangement? What about congratulating a new parent on the birth of their April baby? You can also show your gratitude or sympathy with the daisy or sweet pea flowers. At Petals and Pinot, we design custom arrangements and deliver them with care and cheer. Contact us so we can help you celebrate the month of April with a thoughtful and memorable flower arrangement!