For anyone who loves to receive a bouquet that has a multitude of colour in it then Gladiolus is one of the best flowers you can give as one of the birth flowers for August. The other, is the Poppy with its bright red face and stunning black center.
Symbolism, Meaning and significance of The Poppy
For many the poppy is a known for its narcotic properties which ties in strongly with the symbolism of the poppy being oblivion, imagination and eternal sleep. The Greek god of dreams, Morpheus lived in a dream world and is said to be linked with the poppy in more ways than one. His parents names, Nix (the goddess of night) and Hypnos (the god that governs sleep) conjures up pictures of a hypnotic state that befalls us at night. For the Chinese, the poppy is a symbol of success, beauty and rest.
Symbolism, Meaning and significance of The Gladiolus
On the other hand the Gladiolus is a symbol of strength and integrity. Its sword-like leaves represents a heart that has been pierced with passion so the next time you receive a bouquet with Gladiolus in it; your giver might just be trying to tell you something. This flower is also known to be the flower of the Gladiators, symbolizes strength of character, infatuation and admiration.
Characteristics of Gladiolus
The Gladiolus come in an array of beautiful colours and represents summer in its fullness. They can be planter close together since these flowers grow upward and on stalks. Mixing the colors when planting will ensure that when they bloom you will be faced with flashes of color all over your garden or a wall of color when planted in one single bed. You will find numerous flower heads on a single stalk and they also bloom for quite a long period of time. This August birth flower is magnificent with its large flower and incredible foliage not to mention the sweet scents emanating from it.
Characteristics Of The Poppy
Contrary to the Gladiolus, the poppy does not bloom for long periods of time and although it does come in different colors, most know the poppy to be red. Unlike the Gladiolus, the poppy grows as a single flower on a stem which wafts in the breeze as if in a dream world. They do not bloom for very long and look at their best within the first two days of blooming. After that they open up wide to disperse their seeds and then their petals start to drop off one by one.