Birth Month Flowers

I have to say November is my favourite month of the year and not only because it’s my birthday month! I love the beautiful warm spring days, the cool breezes and evening walks and of course all the gorgeous flowers that come into season. This month we celebrate not only my birthday but my daughters first birthday too, which got me wondering about our birth month flower. 

For centuries the meanings of flowers have fascinated people. This age-old art form of understanding and deciphering the different meanings behind flowers has been a little lost for the past few years, but it’s something I’ve always found very fascinating.

After looking into my own birth month I’ve put together all the months and their associated flowers, so you can find out your birth month flower too. People love to dress up their gardens with flowers that represent them but it can also be a great way to add a special element into your wedding bouquet.

January - The January birth flowers are the carnation and snowdrop.

February - The February birth flowers are the violet and primrose.

March - The March birth flower is the daffodil. 

April - The April birth flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea.

May - The May birth flower is the lily of the valley.

June - The June birth flower is the rose.

July - The July birth flowers are the larkspur and the water lily.

August - The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy.

September - The September birth flower is the aster. 

October - The October birth flower is the marigold

November - The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum.

December - The December birth flowers are the narcissus and the holly.


To learn more about flowers and their meanings, visit our Flower Meanings blog post!

The Secret Language of Flowers


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Ever wondered why we surprise someone with a bunch of bright yellow flowers to cheer them up or declare our love with a dozen red roses?

It all stems from an age old art form, one that I have been fascinated with for a number of years now. It’s called Floriography, or the language of flowers.

Floriography became truely popular during the Victorian Era. It was during this time that flowers were used to convey a message, with each flower having a special symbolism that needed deciphering by the person on the receiving end. A rose was not simply a rose, it carried a message, and even the colour of the flower could affect the meaning it conveyed.

The meanings and traditions associated with flowers have changed over time, with different cultures developing varying ideas for the same flowers, but the fascination persists just the same.

These days flowers tend to be chosen for the appearance of the bloom and the colours available. But sometimes it can be fun to design your wedding bouquet with a specific meaning in mind!

Let us uncover the stories these blooms hold and open you up to a whole new language – the language of flowers.

Acacia - love and beauty

Amaryllis - pride

Anemone - forsaken

Anthurium - hospitality

Apple blossom - preference

Aster - delicate and dainty

Bird of paradise - joyfulness 

Bluebell - Humility

Carnation, Fascination, divine love

       - Red carnation, My Heart Aches, admiration

       - White carnation, Innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift

       - Pink carnation, I’ll never forget you

       - Yellow carnation, Disappointment, rejection

Calla Lilly – Beauty

Camellia – Perfect Loveliness

Chrysanthemum - Cheerfulness, wealth

Cornflower - impassioned feelings 

Daffodil - Regard

Daisy - Innocence, hope

Delphinium – Swift

Forget-me-not - True love memories

Freesia – Innocence

Gardenia - Secret love

Gladioli - sincerity, exasperation. 

Hibiscus – True Beauty

Holly - Hope

Hyacinth - Games and sport, playfulness, rashness

     - Hyacinth blue, Constancy of love

     - Hyacinth purple, Sorrow, forgiveness, regret

     - Hyacinth yellow, Jealousy

     - Hyacinth white, Loveliness, prayers for someone

Hydrangea – Understanding

Iris - A message, faith & wisdom

Ivy - Friendship, continuity

Jasmine white - Sweet love

Lavender - Devotion, virtue, luck

Lilac - Joy of youth

Lily - Majesty, truth, honor

Lily-of-the-valley - Sweetness

Lisianthus - outgoing nature

Lotus Flower - Purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth

Magnolia - Love of nature

Marigold - flower of the dead, grief, cruelty and jealousy

Nasturtium - Patriotism

Oak - Strength

Orchid – Rare Beauty

Pansy - Thoughts

Peony - Happy life, happy marriage

Poppy - Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination

Rose - love 

  • Dark red rose: unconscious beauty
  • White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
  • Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
  • Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
  • Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

Rosemary - Remembrance

Snapdragon - deception

Stock - bonds of affection

Sunflower - Adoration

Sweet pea - Pleasures

Sweet William - Gallantry

Tulip, Perfect Lover, Fame

     - Tulip red, Declaration of love

     - Tulip yellow, Sunshine in your smile

Violet - Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, modesty

Wallflower - Faithfulness in adversity

Willow - Sadness

Zinnia - Thoughts of absent friends

Please tell us which flowers have meaning to you! If we are missing one of your favorites, please let us know which one and its meaning.

Debbie & Dave

When my amazing bookkeepers Mum decided to come to Canberra for her wedding she reached out to me to see if I could work my creative magic and create some gorgeous florals and setup some floral decor at the venue.

Now Debbie is one cool cat! We sat down to talk and we ended up spending hours chatting away. Debbie told me about how she met Dave, about how she found love again and the lengths as well as physical miles they travelled to be together and it's truely the sweetest love story. 

Debbie gave me a few requirements, she wanted a small bouquet in deep reds and white to tie in with her champagne dress and her bridesmaids dress that was a deep burgundy red and the rest she left up to me. The end result, a combination of lisianthus, tulips and freesias and local red roses the ones with that divine old fashioned rose smell.


Venue: Frankies at Forde | Flowers: Orchid and Vine Florist 

Our moving date has arrived!!

To our lovely customers and friends, 

We are excited to announce that we are moving to our home studio at the end of August 2017. We will be continuing to do Weddings and special events but no longer operate as a full retail florist.

It was not an easy decision to make, but the good news is that I will have more time to dedicate to all the Brides and Grooms whose wedding flowers we are doing in 2017 - 2018 and beyond, as well as allowing me to be a mum to my gorgeous little girl.

Our old shop front will be under new management as of September 2017 and the new owners Rachel & Gabe are very excited to open their store Saint Valentine and they will continue to look after our customers with the same passion as us. 

We are very excited for this new chapter for Orchid & Vine and we want to take this opportunity to say a HUGE THANK YOU, to each and every one who has supported us over the past 2 years, (and especially to all the people who came in during our transition and were so understanding with why we made this decision).

We will miss you Hackett!!

xx Caroline

Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

It’s not often the I end up featured in a photo, I usually like to be the one behind the camera. This behind the scenes photo captures so much. For me creating is like an extension of myself and everything I make has a little piece of me in it, I spend hours designing and creating to make it perfect. 

When you finally show someone what you’ve made, it’s like opening yourself up and showing off all your deepest darkest secrets. This photo captures such a raw moment, it’s the moment when I finally get to share what I’ve created for my client and see that they love it as much as I loved making it.

A snap shot of me working away on one of the many 6 meter long garlands I did up for this wedding a little while back.

What kind of bride are you?

Take the quiz and find out...

1.  How long have you been thinking about your wedding?

a.  Since I was five
b.  For a few years, since I met my partner
c.  Since we got engaged
d.  I was never even sure I’d have one!


2.  The day after you got engaged you;

a.  Tried on gowns
b.  Started on a healthy eating plan
c.  Same as usual, just your regular routine
d.  Had a day in (feeling a little overwhelmed)


3.  What is your dream venue?

a.  Ornate ballroom
b.  Your family Church
c.  Friends backyard
d.  Refurbished barn


4.  How many bridal magazines do you have right now?

a.  10 or more
b.  4 - 9
c.  1 - 3
d.  0


5.  What would be the perfect date night?

a.  Romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant
b.  Gallery opening followed by martinis at a rooftop bar
c.  Acoustic night at the neighbourhood cafe
d.  Picnic under the stars


6.  What is your favourite romantic movie?

a.  The Notebook
b.  Titanic
c.  50 First Dates
d.  Dirty Dancing


7.  What’s your favourite flower?

a.  Rose
b.  Peony
c.  Natives
d.  Hydrangea


8.  What does your dream wedding dress look like?

a.  White ballgown dress with a train
b.  Fitted satin dress with a veil
c.  No white. I want to wear something colourful and fun
d.  Something soft and flowing, maybe a little lace


9.  What tradition are you ditching?

a.  Nothing!
b.  Garter removal
c.  Bridal Party
d.  Seating Arrangement


10.  What is your dream honeymoon location?

a.  Caribbean Island Resort
b.  European Tour
c.  A trip across Australia
d.  Trekking through Southeast Asia 
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Mostly A’s - You’re a Romantic Bride

You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. You love a good love story, and your wedding day is turning out to be a true fairy tale! - Beautiful

Your dream bouquet: Beautiful teardrop bouquet with a touch of bling



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Mostly B’s - You’re a Classic Bride

You love a timeless look, and your wedding will still look picturesque in years to come. You love the idea of a traditional ceremony - stunning!

Your timeless bouquet: lush, all-white bouquet hand-tied with satin ribbon



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Mostly C’s - You’re a Modern Bride

You’re edgy and fun and you naturally gravitate towards colour. Your ceremony is super quick and the reception will be super fun, because all the people you love are in one place having a great time. Your wedding is colourful and unforgettable. - Rockin' it!

Your fun florals - funky and free with an unexpected palette


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Mostly D’s - You’re a Boho Bride

Your down to earth and love the great outdoors. With flowers in your hair there will be vintage and handmade details throughout your reception. Shoe’s are completely optional. - Gorgeous

Your natural bouquet - very textural, a beautiful mix of seasonal flowers


It’s with mixed emotions we announce the next phase for Orchid & Vine Florist!

We are moving!! 

Don’t worry we aren’t leaving just yet! 

I have decided to put the shop up for lease, and we will continue to trade from our shop front in Hackett until someone takes over the lease.

It’s not been an easy decision, but I want to do the right thing for my family and be the best Mum I can be. Weddings are my passion and my dedication to my wedding clients is still a huge priority so we have decided to create a home based studio to balance the workload! I look forward to creating beautiful flowers for all our existing brides and for new brides into the future. 

We wanted to say a BIG thank you for your love and support these past 2 years.

Caroline & the team at Orchid & Vine

Bronwyn & Lyle

Bronwyn & Lyle were married in April this year at Mt Stomlo Observatory. This wedding was super fun to create with lots of bright colours to work with.

Bronwyn & Lyle chose a bright, fun colour scheme, which really suited their fun personalities. In the bouquets I used combination of peonies, roses, billy buttons, stock, sweet william and tulips in hot pinks, yellows, oranges and deep purples.


Venue: Mount Stromlo & QT Canberra | Photography: Kelly McInnes Photography | Flowers: Orchid and Vine Florist | Dress: Luv Bridal | Hair: Wildflower Hair | Makeup: Tara Florence Artistry |  Suits: Ferrari Formalwear

A very special wedding

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We got the opportunity early this week to join an amazing group of wedding suppliers to make Kathie’s dream come true to marry her love Adam with her beautiful daughter Annabelle as flower girl. Many of you may have heard of 3 year old Annabelle Potts who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor late last year. We are grateful to have been a part of such a special day for this lovely family.

Candy Buffet, Styling & Printables By: Platinum Invitations & Candy Buffets | Flowers By: Orchid & Vine | Chalkboard By: Allira's Inklings

Meghann & Dave

Meghann & Dave were married in early autumn this year at Meghann’s parents farm just outside of Canberra. Meghann had been living over in Canada for the past few years with her Canadian Fiancé but chose to come back to Australia to have her wedding. I knew Meghann growing up, we went to the same school a few years apart and her parents live just down the road from the house my partner grew up in. I was excited when I found out she was getting married and thrilled when she asked me to do her flowers.

Meghann and Dave chose a pastel pink and white colour scheme, which looked divine. In the bouquets I used David Austins, Garden Roses and lisianthus in a gorgeous colour palette of soft pinks and ivory with flowing soft grey eucalyptus foliage. Words cannot even begin to describe the sweet fragrance from these bouquets. It was heaven creating them.

As I drove up on the morning of the wedding to deliver the flowers I had to catch my breath, the view was picturesque. The driveway was cobbled with trees lining each side, there was a rosiness to the leaves that hinted to the beginning of autumn in the air. When I arrived her mum greeted me, we chatted for a while and you could tell she was elated that her daughter was here in Australia, getting married in the gorgeous place she grew up. After dropping off the flowers her mum gave me a sneak peek at the location the ceremony would be held and the beautiful rolling hills that would featured in the background of their ceremony.

There are many beautiful places to have your wedding in Canberra but there was something so special about seeing Meghann get married here in her old home.