Each month of the year is associated with a specific flower called the flower of the month or the birthday flower. Each month also has an alternate birth flower. Both the rose and the honeysuckle are considered the birth flower for those born in the month of June.
How Were the Flowers of the Month Chosen?
No one knows for sure how the flowers of the month began, but it is believed to have come from the Ancient Romans who celebrated births and birthdays with a gift of seasonal flowers. Over time, specific flowers that typically bloom in the birth month were chosen as the universal birth flowers for the months.
Symbolism and Flowers of the Month
Some believe that a person adopts the characteristics of the flower for the month he is born in. In the case of June, the beautiful rose is delicate, yet is capable of protecting itself with its thorns. It symbolizes love, devotion and passion. It is also highly fragrant and is the preferred flower to express your love for another. The color, of course, can alter the meaning with deep reds signifying passion, while soft pinks represent motherly love.
Likewise, the honeysuckle is a symbol of everlasting love, happiness and a sweet disposition. According to ancient beliefs the fragrance of the honeysuckle bloom inspires dreams of love and passion. Bringing a honeysuckle plant in bloom into the home was seen as a sure sign that a wedding would soon take place in the home.