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Saturday, 14 February 2015


The ancient Egyptians raised the lily, amaryllis, cornflower, and narcissus.

Flowers were raised for their beauty alone in Babylonia. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built by Nebuchadnezzar in the 6th century BC, were among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

The Elamite city of Susa had fine gardens hundreds of years before the Christian Era. Under the Persians, who made it the capital of their empire, it became the greatest horticultural center of the ancient world. Some of today's species of crocus and iris originated in Susa.

The first Chelsea Flower Show, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, attracted 200,000 visitors on May 20, 1913.

Dibleys gold medal winning Streptocarpus display, Chelsea Flower Show, May 2011. By Nzfauna 

The slogan "say it with flowers"  was devised for the Society of American Florists in 1917. It was invented by it's chairman, Henry Penn of Boston, Massachusetts with Major Patrick O'Keefe, head of an advertising agency.

The first flower grown in space, a zinnia, bloomed on January 16, 2016. It was grown in the Veggie plant growth facility on the International Space Station.

Zinnia bloom. 

Rafflesia arnoldii, named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, is the world's largest flower. Found in the Indonesian rain forest, it can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds.

The Rafflesia is also known as the corpse flower, so named for the dreadful odor, similar to that of rotting meat, which the plant produces,

Britain's rarest flower is the lady's slipper orchid: a single specimen  grows on a Lancashire golf course under police surveillance.

Each flower broadcasts a variable electrical signal that tells a bee whether the flower has already been emptied by its coworker.

In Mexico yellow flowers symbolizes death, in France they represent infidelity and disloyalty.

When giving someone flowers in Luxembourg it is customary to give an odd number, but not 13.

The word 'Anthology' comes from Greek and means a collection of flowers.

Anthophobia is the fear of flowers.

15% of US women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

Here is a list of songs with flowers in the title

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998

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