September – Flowers

Each month in the calendar does have it’s birth flowers.  For September I’m seeing both Aster and Morning Glory.  I’ve even seen Forget-Me-Not’s listed as a September flower.  All of them have a blue/purple/periwinkle type colors and I like that.  I remember when I was a little girl how we had morning glory flowers growing up and down our fence in the back yard.  I like climbing plants/flowers like morning glories and ivy.
 
The Morning Glory
As its name insinuates, the Morning Glory is a flower that blooms in the morning hours. However, by the time the sun has fallen, the flower has died. Each morning will give birth to a brand new flower on the plant. Because they bloom in the morning, they are often pollinated by hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other daytime birds and insects.  Fun and interesting fact: By soaking the flowers from the Morning Glory in water for a couple of weeks you can create a mildly alcoholic wine with a good flavor and mild psychedelic effect. You can add herbs or honey to this to enhance the flavor.

The Aster
The meaning of the September Birth Flower, the Aster is Love, Faith, Wisdom and symbolizes Valor  With their wildflower beauty and lush texture, asters have long been considered an enchanted flower.  In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil serpents. Today, they’re known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience.  Also known as starworts, Michaelmas daisies or Frost flowers, the name aster is derived from the Greek word for “star,” and its star-like flowers can be found in a rainbow of colors – white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, with mostly yellow centers.  The September birth flower, asters also hold the honor of being the 20th wedding anniversary flower.  In French tradition it is said that placing the flowers on the grave of a dead soldier is a tribute to his bravery. 
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