Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 29: Grass

Yes, Virginia, there IS a flower for Leap Day. In the language of flowers, Grass conveys the sentiments “Usefulness. Submission.”   Advertisements

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February 28: Calla

In the language of flowers, the majestic Calla lily signifies “Magnificent beauty. Ardor.” Calla palustris is also know as the Bog or Water Arum. All parts of the fresh plant are highly poisonous, but the rhizome is edible after drying, grinding, … Continue reading

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February 27: Bachelor’s Button

Today’s flower is the Batchelor’s Button, which, in the language of flowers, stands for “Single Wretchedness. Single Blessedness. Celibacy. Delicacy.” Centaurea cyanus is also the flower for July, and is commonly known as Blue Bottle and Cornflower. Often used as … Continue reading

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February 26: Ladies’ Delight

The flower of the day won’t ring a bell for many. Ladies’ Delight is a very old common name for Viola x wittrockiana. Also known as Hearts-ease and Stepmother’s Flower, the Pansy conveys the sentiments of “Forget me not. Thoughts. … Continue reading

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February 25: Spearmint

The flower of the day for February 25 is Spearmint. In the language of flowers, it signifies “Burning Love. Warmth of sentiment.” Mentha spicata grows in nearly all temperate parts of the world. Many gardeners consider it a headache, an … Continue reading

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February 24: Straw, Whole

It’s an unusual plant of the day today, in the language of flowers. Straw. Whole Straw, that is, which conveys the sentiments of “Union. United.” Whole Straw, you see, as opposed to Broken Straw, for in the language of flowers, … Continue reading

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February 23: Tansy

In the language of flowers, the sentiments attributed to the flower of the day, Tansy, are “Courage. I declare war against you.” Tanacetum vulgare was grown in Charlemagne’s herb gardens in the eighth century. As recently as the 1800s, Tennessee … Continue reading

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February 22: Amaryllis

In the language of flowers, today’s Amaryllis signifies “Pride. Timidity. Splendid beauty. Splendor. Pastoral poetry.” There was much confusion in botanical circles surrounding the winter-flowering, South American bulb commonly called Amaryllis and the South African plant known as Naked Lady … Continue reading

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February 21: Veronica

The meaning tied to Veronica, today’s plant, in the language of flowers is “Fidelity.” Called occhi della Madonna in Italian (eyes of the Virgin Mary), the plant is also known as speedwell, birdseye, and gypsyweed. Some species of Veronica are a favorite … Continue reading

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February 20: Yew

Today’s plant is the Yew. In the language of flowers, it signifies “Sadness. Sorrow.” All parts of Taxus are poisonous, which could explain its flower language meaning. The Yew is a very long-lived tree. There are reports, such as the Fortingall … Continue reading

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