July Flower of the Month

by Rachael Priest on July 27, 2012

July is usually filled with a frenzy of activities. Our nation celebrates its Independence and backyard barbecues are in full swing. In most areas, it’s the last full month of summer vacation before the kids return to school, making it a popular month for family vacations and lazy days by the pool. With all of the excitement going on, it can be difficult to remember to stop and smell the flowers. But July offers two lovely flowers for our enjoyment: the water lily and the larkspur.

The Water Lily

Water lilies are aqueous plants that often adorn the ponds and lakes of scenic north Georgia. The water lily is deliciously fragrant and produces a large, stunning bloom. Although many varieties’ blooms are short lived, they certainly make a stunning display while they last. Depending on the variety, water lilies may open during the day and close at night, or do the exact opposite. White, pink, lavender, and purple are not uncommon shades to find them in.

In the past, Native Americans used the dried roots of the water lily to create flour for cooking. They also enjoyed dining on the flower buds and young leaves, while cooking the seeds for consumption. Native Americans also used the flowers and plants medicinally, creating soothing poultices for the skin and tonics for digestion from the flower’s green roots.

The Larkspur

July’s second floral beauty, the larkspur, is a member of the buttercup family. Larkspur flowers come in shades ranging from pure white to deep violet, with pinks, reds, and blues in between. Because they are one of the naturally, true-blue flowers, these blooms are popular for patriotic flower arrangements and masculine floral designs. The flowers of the larkspur are somewhat irregular, with a characteristic “tail” that protrudes from behind the bloom.

Since larkspur grow naturally in tall spikes, they are excellent for use in cut flower arrangements, particularly those that require height or length. Fresh cut larkspur are available from your local florist year round, but they also do exceptionally well in home gardens throughout the summer. If you add larkspur to your landscaping, plant in the early spring or fall, and deadhead spent blooms to encourage further flowers to form. Larkspur will come back every year and will spread. Thin your beds every few years to prevent crowding.

If you are interested in more information about July’s flowers, or you would like to enjoy fresh larkspur in your home, contact us at Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, Ga. We carry fresh flowers, green and blooming plants, gift items, and an assortment of unique home décor items. Call 706-743-5830 today for more information, or to place your order.

 

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