July Birth Flower
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THE LARKSPUR & THE WATER LILY

The larkspur, also known as a delphinium, can grow to be one to eight feet tall. A flower that loves the cool weather, it blooms through the summer and into the fall. The color of a larkspur carries a specific meaning. For example, a pink larkspur stands for capriciousness, while a purple or blue one denotes sweetness. A white larkspur stands for purity and joy. Though larkspurs are a beautiful addition to any garden, they are poisonous to both humans and pets.

Water lilies are sometimes referred to as the “queens of the water.” They are fragrant aquatic plants found in a variety of colors, including pink, white, orange, blue, and red. The water lily can grow to be six inches in height. Water lilies open their petals in the morning and close them in the afternoon. This hardy bloom symbolizes life and can survive in many different climates.
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The larkspur, also known as a delphinium, can grow to be one to eight feet tall. A flower that loves the cool weather, it blooms through the summer and into the fall. The color of a larkspur carries a specific meaning. For example, a pink larkspur stands for capriciousness, while a purple or blue one denotes sweetness. A white larkspur stands for purity and joy. Though larkspurs are a beautiful addition to any garden, they are poisonous to both humans and pets.

Water lilies are sometimes referred to as the “queens of the water.” They are fragrant aquatic plants found in a variety of colors, including pink, white, orange, blue, and red. The water lily can grow to be six inches in height. Water lilies open their petals in the morning and close them in the afternoon. This hardy bloom symbolizes life and can survive in many different climates.
Larkspur is the common name given to perennial species of Delphinium and annual species of Consolida. Delphinium, in turn, comes from the Latin word for dolphin, and refers to the shape of the nectary, the nectar-filled spur of the flower. And larkspur? That’s because it resembles the bird’s long hind claw.

The water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, is native to tropical and temperate regions of the world, including the UK. British natives such as Nymphaea alba look exotic, yet are surprisingly hardy, flower for six months a year, and cover up to nine square metres of water. There are also miniature species, with teacup-sized flowers that will grow in a small bowl and make a great tabletop or balcony water feature.
The July birthday flower is also known as lark’s heel, lark’s toes, lark’s claw, and knight’s spur. The name larkspur refers to the shape of the flower’s spur-like petals as they resemble the claws of a lark bird. According to Greek mythology, the first larkspur plant sprouted on the land where Ajax the Great died during the famous Battle of Troy. Generally, larkspur flowers symbolize love, joy, romanticism, and positivity. Nevertheless, the July birth flower holds numerous meanings depending on their color. 
Pink larkspur flowers are a known symbol of capriciousness and disagreement. On the other hand, white larkspurs are on the opposite side of the spectrum as they represent happiness, joy, and easygoing nature. Purple and blue larkspurs are the most common color available. The purple flowers are a symbol of first love and affection, while the blue ones signify grace, honor, and respect. 

Like larkspurs, water lily flowers are significant in many cultures. In Hinduism and Buddhism, these long-lasting blooms are considered sacred and an important religious symbol. The flowers signify rebirth and resurrection because they close at night and reopen at the crack of dawn. Since the blooms emerge from the mud, they are also a symbol of enlightenment. 
Other meanings of water lilies include purity, beauty, creation, and divine birth.
Delphiniums are said to symbolise joy, warmth and fun. But of course like with every flower, the colours play an important part in their meanings! Blue delphiniums have a meaning of dignity, while white, pink and light blue delphiniums mean youth and renewal.
If you were born in July and have the delphinium as your birth flower we’ll be willing to bet that you’re the class clown of the group! Charming, bubbly, bright and with a great sense of humour people are naturally drawn to you. You can make anyone feel welcome and appreciated with your outgoing personality.
Floriography (language of flowers) is a means of cryptologic communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible, particularly of love and lovers in the Song of Songs,[1] as an emblem for the Israelite people and for the coming Messiah. In Western culture, William Shakespeare ascribed emblematic meanings to flowers, especially in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century. Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small "talking bouquets", called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory.
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