August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days.
The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy.
The gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. Remembrance would be why so many might associate them with funeral arrangements. I prefer the meaning from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword, and they do appear to be a “sword lily” capable of piercing a heart with love. Their petals like the ruffles on a vintage petticoat are found in a rainbow of color. An arrangement of “glads” in a tall crystal vase is an invitation within your home to savor the dog days of August.
The other August flower is the poppy. This cup shaped happy little fellow comes in an array of colors, each symbolic in their own right:
• A red poppy signifies pleasure;
• A white poppy is given for consolation; and,
• A yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep and peace, Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative. In the Wizard of Oz the Wicked Witch of the West knew the power of Poppies: “ So, you won’t take warning, eh? All the worse for you. I’ll take care of you now instead of later. When I gain those ruby slippers, my power will be the greatest in Oz. Now my beauties. Something with poi-son in it I think. With poison in it. But attractive to the eye and soothing to the smell. Ha-ha-ha-ha. Poppies. Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sle-ee-p. Now they’ll sle-ee-p.”
Happy Birthday August Babies!