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June Birth Flowers: Rose and Honeysuckle

As they peak in the sixth month of the year, it’s no surprise that the rose and the honeysuckle are the official birth flowers of June. Both blooms have been around for centuries and have made a considerable impression on civilizations, garnering plenty of history and symbolism.

Together, they represent romance and positivism, which in turn, means that June babies are happy and hopeless romantics who sway easily with the flow of life. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about June’s birth flowers and the meanings behind them.

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Birth Flower Gift Ideas for June

Besides bouquets, there are many other interesting and unforgettable June birth flower gifts. Here are a few examples of what you can get for the June baby in your life.

The Beauty and the Beast Eternal Rose

Rose in a glass dome
Custom beauty and the beast rose in a glass dome. See it here.

This beautiful red artificial rose accentuated by led lights that glow in a vase is an undeniable symbol of eternal love. It’s beautiful and timeless, making for a pretty and memorable gift.

Hand Painted Heart Glass Sun Catcher

A hand-painted heart glass sun catcher can make a good gift as it’s a unique and personal item that’s both decorative and functional. The hand-painted nature of the sun catcher adds an artistic and personal touch, making it a one-of-a-kind gift.

When hung in a window, the sun catcher will catch the light and cast beautiful patterns around the room. It can be a delight to look at and add a touch of warmth and beauty to any room. It’s an ideal gift for any occasion such as Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or an anniversary.

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Scented Candles

Honeysuckle Candle
Honeysuckle scented candle. See it here.

Scented candles make a good gift because they are versatile, timeless, and offer a variety of benefits. They can create a relaxing and soothing ambience, while also providing a pleasant fragrance. They can be used to freshen up a room, create a romantic atmosphere, or relieve stress.

A honeysuckle or rose-scented candle is a good gift for a June baby as it’s fitting for the month of June. Honeysuckle is associated with the summer, making this a perfect gift for a summer-born. Similarly, the rose is also a popular flower and its sweet fragrance makes it a perfect gift.

Honeysuckle Perfume

These flowers are so fragrant that they make some of the best perfumes. As a gift, honeysuckle is both sweet and unique, and bound to bring about that happiness that the blooms are famous for.

Honeysuckle Charm

As mentioned above, honeysuckle is believed to drive off negativity and evil spirits. Therefore, this bottled, wild honeysuckle made into a necklace, makes for a perfect gift for a believer.

Preserved Rose in a Glass Casing

The natural preserved rose will without a doubt show how fondly you think of your loved one. To make it even more meaningful, you can have the glass casing customized with a beautiful message.

The Rose: What You Need to Know

Mixed Roses
Mixed Roses. See it here.

Roses are members of the woody, perennial shrubs collectively known as the Rosaceae family. These beauties, so popular that they’ve been dubbed the queen of flowers, are said to have been around for at least 35 million years evolving and cross-breeding to make a collection of around 150 species.

Some rose varieties bud out of a single stem while others have their blooms emerging from climbing vines. They come in a plethora of colors including yellow, red, white, pink, orange, and black.

All rose varieties can be categorized into three; species(wild), old garden, and modern roses.

Species/Wild Roses

These species are the oldest breed and also the source of all other varieties. They grew and adapted naturally in the wild and are characterized by a simple row of petals.

Old Garden Roses

Old Garden Roses refer to a group of roses that were introduced before the 1867 introduction of the first hybrid tea rose. These include species roses, old-fashioned roses, and vintage or heirloom roses.

They’re often characterized by their fragrant blooms and hardiness, as well as their ability to rebloom. Some popular examples of Old Garden Roses include the Damask Rose, Centifolia Rose, and Alba Rose.

Modern Roses

Modern roses have been developed and introduced since the 1867 introduction of the first hybrid tea rose. These include hybrid tea roses, floribunda roses, grandiflora roses, and shrub roses. They’re often characterized by their large, showy blooms, but can lack the fragrance of Old Garden Roses.

Modern roses have been developed to have a longer vase life and greater disease resistance compared to old garden roses. Some popular examples of Modern roses include Hybrid tea roses like Peace, Mister Lincoln, and Grandiflora roses like Queen Elizabeth.

Rose Facts

Classic Love Red Rose Bouquet
Classic Love Red Rose Bouquet. See it here.
  • Greek mythology links the origin of roses to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. According to legend, after being wounded by a wild boar, Adonis was met by his lover, Aphrodite, who held him and wept over him. In the process, her tears mixed with his blood, and from the mixture, a rose emerged.
  • In the Roman empire, roses were highly popular, especially after Emperor Nero began staging rose feasts, during which rose petals were used as confetti. The flowers were also used to make perfume or placed in rooms for fragrance.
  • Dating all the way back to ancient Asia, roses had medicinal purposes. Even though the most notable use was soothing sensitive and dry skin, they were also used as stress relievers and mild sedatives.
  • In the 15th century England, in what was dubbed the war of roses, roses were used to represent two families in a struggle for power. The white rose represented the House of York and the red rose symbolized the Lancaster house.
  • Roses were so popular in 17th century Rome and Europe that at one point they were used as currency.
  • Because they are so beloved, the American Rose Society was formed in 1892 with the sole purpose of promoting, preserving, and appreciating the culture of roses.
  • The rose was declared the National Floral Emblem of the U.S.A… in 1986. In addition, a rose garden was designed at the white house’s outdoor event venue.
  • Rose petals have been used throughout history to make potpourri as well as tea blends.

Rose Meaning and Symbolism

Yellow roses
Yellow roses. See it here.

Roses are usually the most common choice of blooms for various occasions, which is no surprise considering how rich they are in symbolism. The meaning of the rose can be generalized or specific to colour. Here’s a look at the symbolism and meaning behind these flowers:

  • Beauty – Looking at roses, it’s no surprise that they represent beauty. Their petals, often glossy, have deep vibrant colours and varying intensity. They can enrich any space they occupy.
  • Romance – Roses are the popular representation of romance, making them a mainstay for Valentine’s Day.
  • Rebirth – A belief tracing roots to ancient Rome purports that planting roses on the grave of loved ones eases their rebirth.
  • Red – A red rose symbolizes love and affection. It’s widely believed that giving red roses is the most romantic way of saying, “I love you.”
  • White – Like most white flowers, white roses represent purity, humility, and innocence, making them a great gift for mothers and friends you think highly of.
  • Red & White – This combination was once a symbol of envy but later became a symbol of unity, both of which are attributed to “The War of the Roses.”
  • Pink – These represent admiration, gratitude, happiness, and appreciation.
  • Orange – With a message very close to red roses, orange roses are gifted to someone you desire. They’re also a representation of excitement, which is no surprise considering their cheery hue.
  • Yellow – Like most yellow flowers, yellow roses symbolize happiness. However, in different contexts, they also represent jealousy.

Growing Roses

Pure and True White Roses
Pure and True White Roses. See it here.

Growing roses can be a rewarding experience for gardeners. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and types. Roses need full sun and well-drained soil and should be fertilized regularly with a balanced fertilizer. Proper pruning and training are also important to promote healthy growth and blooming.

They can be prone to pests and diseases, so regular monitoring and treatment is necessary. It’s also important to choose the right type of rose for your climate, as some varieties are better suited for warmer or cooler regions. With proper care and attention, roses can be a beautiful addition to any garden.

The Honeysuckle: What You Need to Know

Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera Japonica Live Plant
Most Fragrant Honeysuckle Cuttings. See it here.

A member of the Caprifoliaceae family, the honeysuckle is a tubular flower that grows out of climbing woody vines and shrubs. There are several species of the plant, but the most common ones are Lonicera fragrantissima, a shrub often used for hedging, and the trumpet honeysuckle, a viciously climbing vine.

Honeysuckle flowers are found in various colors including pink, yellow, red, purple, and white. Additionally, once they’re done blooming, the flowers fall off to allow for the growth of berries which also spot various colors ranging from pink to red and orange.

It’s no surprise that these fragrant blooms were given the name honeysuckle, considering that they are known to have very sweet nectar. Apart from humans sucking on their sweet juice, it’s been noted that neither bees, butterflies, nor hummingbirds can resist their fragrance.

Honeysuckle Facts

Balearic Honeysuckle Seeds
Balearic Honeysuckle Seeds. See it here.
  • Traditionally, the Chinese used honeysuckles to promote positive emotions. Later, they discovered that the flower extracts could pull out toxins from the body.
  • The English among other civilizations also used the plant for medicinal purposes. Ailments known to be treated by the honeysuckle included respiratory problems, digestive disorders, arthritis, headaches, skin diseases, and snakebites.
  • Honeysuckle flowers are known for their sweet fragrance, which is strongest in the evening.
  • Many species of honeysuckle are considered invasive in some parts of the world.
  • Some species of Honeysuckle have medicinal properties and have been traditionally used to treat fevers, wounds, and other ailments.

Honeysuckle Meaning and Symbolism

Coral Honeysuckle
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera) Plant. See it here.

Honeysuckle has various symbolisms and meanings, it’s associated with bonds of love, devotion, and everlasting love. It’s also a symbol of generosity, abundance, and sweetness in many cultures. Here’s a look at the various meanings behind this flower:

  • The druid’s alphabet included the honeysuckle as a symbol of joy.
  • Honeysuckle symbolizes good luck, abundance, and strong bonds. It’s often used in traditional rituals for prosperity and happiness.
  • Honeysuckle symbolizes strong family connections, devotion, and bonds that last forever. It’s often given as a symbol of love and affection to family members.
  • Honeysuckle is often a reminder of past memories, particularly those associated with childhood and family. Its sweet fragrance and nostalgic associations can evoke feelings of nostalgia and longing.

Growing Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica plant
Lonicera japonica plant. See it here.

Growing honeysuckle is relatively easy, as the plant is hardy and adaptable. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Honeysuckle can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or layering.

Prune regularly to encourage bushier growth and prevent overgrowth. The plant can be trained to climb fences, trellises, or walls, or it can be allowed to grow as a ground cover. Regular deadheading will promote continuous blooming throughout the season.

Wrapping Up

Coming to full bloom in Spring, otherwise known as the month of hope, it’s no surprise the rose and honeysuckle are cheery representations of love and happiness for those born in June.

Similarly, June babies are romantic and highly positive people who react unusually well to change. To appreciate that loved one born in June, get them a beautiful unique rose-themed or honeysuckle-themed gift.

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Rose Mulu
Rose Mulu

With a keen interest in understanding why life was and is as it is, Rose has been studying religion, culture, and history for over fifteen years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and uses this, together with her knack for literature, to share her knowledge and insight with the world.