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Throughout human history, flowers have been the perfect source to communicate love, care and other heartfelt emotions. The beautifully prepared flower bouquets and arrangements help express affection, gratitude, admiration and appreciation towards your loved ones on major occasions. With their beauty and lasting fragrance, the mesmerizing blossoms spread cheer and positive vibes everywhere.

Do you ever wonder when did the tradition of gifting flowers started among humans? Well, we did a bit of research and gathered some important information about the evolutionary tradition of gifting flowers that we are sharing with you.

History of Giving Flowers:

The history of gifting flowers goes back to hundreds of years ago. The evidence exists that gifting flowers have been an important part of culture since the Middle Ages. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Egyptians were believed to use flowers as a way of communication in their stories and myths. In fact, Greeks considered flowers to be of great importance and associated them with Gods.

The significance of flowers increased during the mid-1700s when the English & French visited Turkey. During their visit to Turkey, they learned that there is an entirely new language dedicated to flowers called ‘Floriography.’ According to this floral language, each flower had a different meaning. So, the Victorian culture created its own meaning for each flower known at that time.

In the Victorian Era, people did not believe in expressing their feelings and emotions. They discovered the language of flowers as an acceptable form of expressing emotions and sentiments. In fact, the way flowers were offered and received during the Victorian Era held different meanings. For example, if someone presented a flower upside down that was interpreted as the exact opposite of the original meaning.

Apart from amazing and appealing history, there are some mind-blowing facts about flowers that you can read further.

  • Roses have an exclusive part called rose hips, which is a berry fruit. They are used to make teas or jellies as they are loaded with Vitamin C.
  • Broccoli is a flower, which is harvested before the flower buds fully open and eaten as a vegetable.
  • A 32,000-year-old extinct Arctic flower was restored to life using seeds found by an Ice Age squirrel.
  • During World War II, tulip bulbs were claimed to taste awful and dry. Still, many people ate them to satiate hunger. Some families even used tulips in place of onions.
  • The juice from the bluebell flowers was historically used to make glue.
  • The color of hydrangeas is determined by the acidity of the soil they are planted in. If the alkalinity of the soil is high, it will result in pink hydrangeas.
  • The sunflower stems were used to fill life jackets. In fact, the floating sunflower rafts have been used to clean up water pollution from the Chernobyl disaster. The roots of the sunflowers can remove up to 95% radioactivity by removing the contaminants from the water.
  • Queen Victoria loved flowers so much that she wore an orange floral wreath instead of the expected crown. The lavish floral arrangements were used at her wedding decoration that made wedding flowers a must have for all brides.
  • The beautiful dark burgundy flowers called chocolate cosmos smell exactly like chocolate.
  • A Sumatran native flower called titan arum ​is the world’s smelliest flower that is said to emit a stink similar to that of a dead body.
  • The gas plants emit a colorless gas on humid, warm nights, which are said to be ignitable with a lit match.
  • The agave plant is often called ‘the century plant’ because it can flourish for years on end without growing any flowers. At the end of its life, this plant produces a single flower and dies.

Receiving a bouquet of fresh and vibrant flowers is amazing. The flowers add happy shades of color to your home, create a warm atmosphere, and their fragrance mesmerizes your senses. Flowers are best to mark a major day or occasion or show someone special how much love you hold in your heart for them. That’s why the demand for flower bouquets remain high throughout the year. But sadly, the gorgeous bouquet of flowers starts to wilt and die a painful death within a few days.

With a few simple steps, you can increase the life of your flower bouquet and keep it fresh for longer.

Clean Your Vase Thoroughly

Carefully wash your flower vase with hot water and bleach to ensure the removal of bacteria. You can use a soft sponge to clean the vase. Afterward, turn the vase upside down to let it dry naturally rather than using a piece of cloth.

Cut the Stems at an Angle

After receiving a bouquet of flowers, use sharp scissors to trim the flower stems about one to two inches at 45-degree angle. Cutting the stems will allow them to absorb more water that will help flowers stay longer. Repeat this step every couple of days to ensure the longevity of blossoms.

Trim the Extra Leaves

Leaves that stay in the water can cause bacterial growth and lead to a terrible smell. So cut the leaves that go below the water line in the flower vase. It will give a fresh look to the flowers and also prevent bacterial growth.

Add Fresh Water to the Flower Bouquet

Use lukewarm water to keep the flower bouquet hydrated. Too hot or too cold water can give a shock to the gorgeous blooms. Make sure to change the water of the vase every alternate day to help the flowers survive longer.

Use Flower Food

Flower food is a combination of bleach, sugar, and citric acid that helps create the perfect atmosphere for cut flowers. Add flower food to the water in the vase and let it dissolve completely. Do not overdose as that may prove to be harmful to flowers.

Place the Bouquet at the Right Spot

It is crucial to keep the freshly cut flowers in the right spot. Keep the flower vase in a cool location away from direct sunlight or the appliances that radiates heat. Flowers last longer in a shady spot or an area with the cool temperature. Also, keep the freshly cut flowers away from fruits and vegetables as they release ethylene gas that can poison them.

 

 

 

Flowers are known for their enchanting beauty and fragrance which can effortlessly capture the attention and soul of any individual. It is rightly said, “Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” These amazing flowers can be elegantly arranged in a variety of arrangements and patterns in order to make the maximum visual impact. If you are unaware of the various types of flower arrangements that can be utilised for different occasions, it is time to take a quick look below:

Fan shaped flower arrangement- It is one of the commonly used classic floral arrangement styles that are used by various florists around the world. Here, the flowers and leaves are arranged in the shape of a fan. You can easily use the same or different type of flowers for the arrangement and the empty spaces are filled with the help of fillers.

Vertical flower arrangement- This type of flower arrangement is mostly used in flower bouquets as well as flower baskets. Different types of flowers with varying colours and shapes are used prominently in this type of flower arrangement. It is equally popular among the florist stores, customers and floral experts around the world.

Horizontal flower arrangement- The floral arrangement makes use of the shallow container where a single big flower is accompanied with drooping flower branches on either side. Here, flowers of different shapes and colours are arranged in the form of rows or zigzag pattern. Further, flowers with strong fragrance or scent are used in this type of flower arrangement.

Triangular flower arrangement- It is a triangular flower arrangement where flowers are cut and trimmed in the form of a triangle. The arrangement makes use of the tallest flower stems in the centre with smaller flowers arranged on the sides in order to maintain a triangular shape. This type of floral arrangement is mostly used in wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Oval flower arrangement- This floral arrangement is in an oval shape and comprises of brightest and tallest flowers in the centre. Here, the flowers, green stems and leaves are cut and trimmed in the form of an oval shaped arrangement that is elegantly placed in a bouquet, flower basket and bunches. The arrangement appears very dense and bushy from outside and is extremely elegant in nature. It is effectively utilised in interior decoration for ceremony halls and special venues.

Crescent flower arrangement- This type of flower arrangement draws its inspiration from the shape of the moon. Based on the size of the crescent, curved shaped flower stems are selected for the arrangement. It makes use of the flexible stems such as gladiola and carnations which are supported by the glossy flower wraps, green leaves and stem fillers.    

‘S’ shaped flower arrangement- Here, the flowers are artistically arranged in the form of alphabet ‘S’ which gives shape to extraordinary flower bouquets and baskets. This superb flower arrangement is usually big in size and can be wonderfully presented for any special occasion or celebration. Further, the flowers are here placed in flower stands and appear upright and make use of leaves and floral fillers for the amazing arrangement. This complex flower arrangement can effortlessly change the entire look and feel of any special event.

So, choose any of these fantastic flower arrangements and offer an extraordinary look and decoration to any wonderful occasion of a birthday, marriage anniversary, farewell, promotion party and other events. Forget taking advice from your florist experts and try these floral arrangements on your own. You can even send flower Online or baskets based on the above arrangements to your dear ones on various occasions.