I don’t know about you, but I love the colors of August. The yellows appear golden, the reds are more vibrant, and the purples have a tinge of violet to them. It’s no wonder the official flower for August is the gladiolus.
Gladiolus fun facts:
In Victorian times, romantics believed that the beauty of the gladiolus could pierce another’s heart with love. Who says Victorians were stuffy?
No wonder Gladiolus symbolizes infatuation, love at first sight, and faithfulness. Gotta love those Victorians.
Each color holds a different meaning: Red symbolizes
love, romance, and passion; pink means compassion and a mother’s love; white represents innocence and purity; yellow symbolizes friendship and joy; and purple means fortune and beauty.
In addition to being one of the August birth flowers, the gladiolus is traditionally given as a gift for the 40th anniversary. How exciting!
See all of my flower inspired paintings in my gallery.
Here’s to celebrating August and the waning days of summer.