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August Birth Flowers

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August Birth Flowers

If you have a birthday in August, you're in luck because this month has not one birth flower but two! First up, gladioli. In ancient Rome, victorious gladiators were showered in gladioli flowers. Said to symbolise strength, honour and integrity, gladioli are still sometimes given to sporting champions today. They’re named from the Latin word “gladius” meaning sword and can also symbolise infatuation as it’s said that the tall flower stems pierce the heart with love. Part of the Iris family, gladioli originate in South Africa and thrive in many parts of the world, blooming in a multitude of colours....

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Lark Rising - Larkspur in July

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Lark Rising - Larkspur in July

Larkspur. My favourite flower I've grown this year. Feathery green leaves and dusty purple petals. This is a special flower. Special to me because it's one of the first flowers grown successfully on our small patch of land. But apart from that, this flower is steeped in history and intrigue. Greek Mythology tells of the first Larkspur flower growing from the blood of Ajax at the Battle of Troy, while in other parts of the world, the plant was used to deter unwanted visitors from ghosts to witches and scorpions.  As for the name, it is thought to come from...

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