The history of flowers of the month and birthstones is linked to the Romans. The Romans liked to give gifts and flowers and gemstones were some of the favorites. In the past, it was not always acceptable to be frank or express feelings the way we do today. Gemstones and flowers were given symbolic meanings which carried with them when they were given as gifts. During the Victorian era a gift of sweet peas carried the hidden message "Thank you for a lovely time." They could also signify blissful pleasure or in some cases mean good bye.