For those of you with June birthdays, your birth month flowers are the rose and the honeysuckle. Just like birth stones, months of the year have birth flowers. The rose seems like it would be the appropriate birth month flower for February when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, the rose is the perfect flower for almost any occasion.
Roses may be the most popular flower in the world. With their colors, scent, and beauty no one can deny their love for this breathtaking flower. The history of roses is as long and colorful as they are. Fossil evidence dates the rose back to 35 million years ago. This puts the rose on the earth even before traces of humans.
In early history roses were grown primarily in the Middle East. Persia, or modern Iran, is called the Country of Roses and considered the birthplace of garden rose culture. One of the first written records of the rose was in 600 B.C. with Sappho’s poem “Song of the Rose” where she refers to roses as the “blush of the meadows” and “grace of the earth.”
The rose made its way into Europe, Africa, China, and North America. Greeks and Romans used roses for ceremonies and special events. Rose petals were used like confetti during special events and as a source of perfume or medicine. Roses and rose water were even used for legal tender during the seventeenth century. In Christianity, the rose became a symbol of the blood of the crucified Christ.
Rose Color Meanings
There are over 150 species of roses and they come in several colors that have come to symbolize a range of emotions from love to death.
- White– White roses symbolize purity and innocence. They are frequently used in bridal bouquets and for occasions such as Mother’s Day. White roses say, “I’m thinking of you” and can also be used to show sympathy or to express an apology.
- Red– The red rose is the classic “I love you” flower and symbolizes love, passion, and romance. It’s the perfect flower for anniversaries, weddings, and Valentine’s Day. And, if you watch the reality TV show “The Bachelor”, then you know when a single red rose is given to a lady it signifies the suitors desire to get to know her more.
- Yellow– The yellow rose symbolizes friendship and joy. Give yellow roses to your best friend or as a congratulatory arrangement for a job promotion or to show appreciation. You can never go wrong with yellow roses.
- Pink– The pink rose is used to show admiration and gratitude. They provide a delightful coffee table garnish or bedside table display. Pink roses come in various shades from a pale pink to a dark hot pink. In the Bible it is mentioned that pink roses were the only flowers that were allowed inside the walls of Jerusalem. However, this may have been because pink roses were the only color available the time.
- Orange– Orange roses originated in the 20th century with growers combining yellow and red colors. Orange roses don’t have the same romantic love symbolism as the red rose. However, they can symbolize excitement and the desire to move a relationship beyond just friendship.
- Peach– Light and cheery, the peach rose symbolizes gratitude and appreciation but can really be sent for any occasion. Their soft color provides a feeling of calm and they are soothing in any arrangement.
- Black– Black roses do not actually exist, but dark red roses can appear black. As one might expect, the black rose symbolizes mourning and death.
If you grew up in the country, you have probably enjoyed a wild honeysuckle vine growing along a fence line. They have a noticeably pleasant fragrance and are sweet to the taste. Hummingbirds love them for their yummy nectar! It is no surprise that the honeysuckle flower symbolizes happiness. It just looks like happiness when you see it!
Like roses, honeysuckle flowers come in a variety of colors such as yellow, white, pink, and red. Tubular and wiry in shape, when in full bloom they have a bell-like shape. Throughout history, the honeysuckle has been used as remedy for ailments such as coughs and colds. Planting them in your garden is rumored to bring good luck and good fortune to your home along with protecting your home from evil.
Petals and Pinot
An arrangement of roses sprinkled with honeysuckle is the perfect way to celebrate a June birthday or anniversary. Send roses and honeysuckle to congratulate a new parent on the birth of their June baby! Petals and Pinot designs custom arrangements and delivers them with care in the Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, and Denton areas. Contact us so we can help you celebrate the month of June with a thoughtful and memorable flower arrangement!