We have flowers on the brain at the moment! What with the Chelsea Flower Show coming up very soon and our fabulous competition Blooming Marvellous about to launch, petal power has well and truly taken over Bags of Love Towers!
While some of the team at Bags of Love HQ were creating their designs for the Blooming Marvellous competition (only to be used as examples for you lovely folk, not to actually enter) we started researching the best flowers to use…and that led us to finding out some pretty cool facts about the humble flower. Some were so brilliant, we just had to share them with you. So, here is a list of our favourite weird and wonderful facts about flowers!
1) Scientist’s discovered the world’s oldest flower in 2002 in China. The ancient flower was in bloom, wait for it, around 125 million years ago! Its name is Archaefructus Sinensis and looked like a modern day water lily
2) The Yarrow flower is known for its healing properties and was used in World War 1 to help heal soldier’s wounds
3) Dandelions may be weeds, but the flowers and leaves are actually a very good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium! So get munching! Yum
4) If you don’t happen to have an onion to hand when you’re next cooking, you can use a tulip bulb in many recipes instead! Who knew?
5) The humble and sweet daisy has loads of medicinal properties, including relieving indigestion, easing coughs, slowing bleeding and easing back pain! Wowza!
6) Roses are not only romantic but they have lots of famous (and tasty) relations, including apples, raspberries, cherries, plums, pears, peaches, nectarines and almonds
7) The world’s largest flower is also one of the smelliest things in the world! The Titan Arum stands at almost 10 feet high and due to its aroma of rotten flesh, it is also known as the corpse flower…perhaps not one to bring home to your wife then!
8) They look very pretty but the gas plant gets it name due to it secreting a clear gas on warm nights. It is believed that this gas can be ignited with a match! Don’t try that at home!!
9) Broccoli is actually a flower!
10) Many moons ago when the Vikings invaded Scotland, they were slowed down by patches of wild thistle, which allowed the Scots to make their escape. Because of this, the wild thistle was named Scotland’s national flower
11) White flowers give off stronger scents than colourful flowers. Who knew?
12) The beautiful sunflower moves throughout the day in response to the movement of the sun from east to west. Clever things!
13) The dandelion is the only flower which represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars – the yellow flower resembles the sun, the puffball the moon and the dispersing seeds, the stars! How lovely!
14) The pretty pink pom pom heads of the Mimosa Pudica looks sweet and fuzzy, but it is actually a very sensitive plant, which will fold up its leaves when it is touched
15) It takes two thousand roses to produce one gram of rose oil!
16) In 17th Century Holland, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold! The flower symbolized immortality, life and love
So there are our 16 lovely facts about flowers! Who knew they had so many fascinating facts about them?! We hope some of these come up the next time you play Trivial Pursuit or are at the pub quiz – you’ll be the flower fact master.
Don’t forget to check back for more details about Blooming Marvellous…it’s coming very soon!