~ August - Gladiolus ~
~ August - Gladiolus ~

~ August - Gladiolus ~

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5.5" x 7.5" Ink Pen Sketch on Arches 140 lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper with a Deckled Edge
The month of August, named after Augustus, derived its name from the latin word: augere, meaning “to increase,” while Augustus meant: “esteemed, venerable, noble & majestic.” All names that infer respect and admiration, especially because of age, wisdom & character.
Similarly Gladiolus, the birth flower of August, derived its name from the latin word “gladius,” meaning “sword.” Because of its association with the gladiators, the flower stands as a symbol of strength and moral integrity. When given to someone, the giver sends the message: “you pierce my heart.” 
A month to be admired. Come August, the little sprouts from spring have grown tall stalks and are giving way to fruits and blooms. Through time they have increased and grown gloriously strong, encouraging those nearby to breath deep, stand tall and deeply appreciate the fruits of their own labor with an admiration that pierces the heart.