Flowers aren’t just nice to look at and wonderful to smell, they’re pretty interesting too! Here are 5 fun facts about flowers that you probably haven’t heard!
When you think of flowers, you probably think about celebrating graduations, a birthday or a baby being born. You probably went to a grocery store, picked out the most aesthetically pleasing bouquet and went on your merry way.
While flowers are beautiful and pleasing to look at, they are also really interesting. When it comes to flowers, there’s more than meets the eye (or petal).
Here are five facts about flowers that you probably didn’t know!
It only makes sense to start our five facts about flowers with a fact about the rose! Did you know that the rose actually has a pretty big family that consists of more than just flowers? The rose is actually related to apples, raspberries, nectarines, plums, almonds and a few other fruits.
Here’s a quick math question for you. If someone gives you a bouquet of six sunflowers, how many flowers do you have? Did you say six? You’d be right and wrong!
Most people don’t know that sunflowers are actually composed of tons of tiny little flowers known as “florets.”
It’s safe to say that sunflowers have a ton of little secrets! But some secrets aren’t so little. The tallest sunflower to date was 30 feet tall!
Did you know that at one time in history tulips were the fourth largest export in the Netherlands? During the late 17th century, tulips were being sold for 10 times the average salary of a skilled craftsman!
So what made tulips so desirable during that time? In short, patriotism and people’s never-ending desire to have the most popular thing at that time. The Dutch didn’t have tulips until the 1650’s.
The flower quickly became synonymous with lavish Dutch life. Painters quickly picked up the up-and-coming trend of tulips and depicted them in a lot of work of the time.
The wealthy and upper class were the ones with access to view the art which meant that the tulip quickly became the icon of the wealthy. They were even rarer due to their short lifespan of 3-7 days.
For about 10 years, the tulip was more valuable than gold! This makes sense because the rarer the object the more valuable.
Would you be shocked if I told you you’ve been eating flowers since you were a kid and you didn’t even know it? Well, you have!
Broccoli is in the brassica family that is technically considered a flower. This family also includes cauliflower and cabbage.
Centuries ago, it was understood that the color and type of flower symbolized or meant something to the person receiving the flowers. The rose, depending on the color, can mean anything from friendship to love.
To name a few, the Begonia means “deep-thinking” and the Daisy symbolizes “innocence”.
There are tons of fun facts about flowers to be learned! Aside from decoration and a sign of affection and condolence, flowers have been a staple in our global society since the beginning of time.
If you’re interested in floristry, you can even take your knowledge even further with classes on flowers and how to arrange them. The next time you see a bouquet or give one to a friend or family, you can tell them these facts about flowers!
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Buying a bouquet? Here’s what you need to know about rose color meanings. With so many to choose from, there’s bound to be a rose for any occasion!
The flower business is one of the steadiest industries in the world, holding steady near $35 billion a year.
That’s because flowers are appropriate for almost every occasion, romantic, friendly, or congratulatory. You can even buy roses for a friend on their birthday, so long as the rose color meanings reflect your intentions.
For years, quality florists have grown (and lower quality florists have dyed) a virtual rainbow of different roses in every color.
Each color has a different association. Read on to learn some more about rose color meanings.
Here are the top five:
Some people have mixed feelings on yellow roses. They have a history of being given to someone who is celebrating a positive event.
In other cases, yellow roses are given to ensure someone that feelings are not romantic.
Give them to someone who you view as a friend. If this is explicitly known, a yellow rose is nothing controversial. If your friend knows you are sincerely happy for them, then there’s nothing to worry about.
Yellow roses can be given to someone who is in the hospital for a minor procedure or be given to someone you’re apologizing to.
Give a bouquet of yellow roses with this in mind.
However, yellow roses can be added to a bouquet for some extra accent. Try one of our classes to learn more about building a mixed bouquet with yellow roses.
These are the most obvious and loaded of all the rose colors. They mean a deep and true feeling of love. You should only give them to someone who knows how you feel and who feels the same.
Avoid giving them to someone whose feelings you’re unsure of unless this is your big moment of courtship. Don’t be upset if you’re feelings aren’t reciprocated. Red roses are a grand gesture.
Dark blue roses have an interesting literary history as symbolizing the unattainable. They symbolize royalty, mysteriousness, and great worth.
Quality blue roses can be hard to find and so when you give them, know that you’re telling the receiver that they’re very special. Give them to someone who is enchanting and mysterious. The most qualified candidates will know who they are.
White roses symbolize a sense of purity. They send a message of friendship with a hint of romance.
Giving white roses can show someone that you care or that you’re celebrating their new beginning. Perhaps that new beginning can include you, the giver.
A pink rose can come in a variety of shades. The lighter the shade, the less intense the meaning is communicated.
A soft pink rose says that you feel romantic feelings toward them. Giving pink roses to someone you have romantic feelings for holds less intensity than red roses.
The deeper the shade, the stronger the passion.
They can also be a gift between parents and children to show love. Give pink flowers on the opening night of your friend’s big stage debut or art show.
The nature of your relationship to the recipient of your roses will determine what they actually mean. Be sure that you’re communicating your intention clearly.
If you’re ready to get some roses for someone, contact us today.
ALSO READ: Floristry as a Career
Do you love floral design? Do you see yourself working in an industry that makes people smile, serving customers and creating splendid floral creations? Perhaps the floristry industry is for you!
To become a florist you do need more than just a casual interest; you will need a mix of floral industry experience, floristry training and the right attitude. The right attitude is not only desired it’s essential.
Florists view their work as a vocation, it comes from a deep centred love of the craft, the materials and the industry. While having formal post-secondary training is advantageous it is not typically necessary but it can certainly help develop the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge.
If you want to become a florist you may first want to ask yourself WHY you want to become one, to get to a deeper reason. Like any future career path it will involve a commitment of time, energy and finances. So before you do so you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for skills, current interests and personality traits.
If you want to learn more about your personality traits here is a free personal trait quiz (it’s scarily accurate!).
Overall can you say YES to these questions?
If you answered YES to most of the questions and you’re interested in a career as a florist but don’t know where to start, this florist career guide will teach you just about everything you need to get started.