History of sending flowers
Flowers always makes the perfect gift for nearly every occasion. Whether someone has had a baby, celebrated a birthday or lost a loved one, flowers are the ideal gift. The vast range of colors and types that are available means you can create a design for every occasion that is tailored to the recipient. People love to get flowers, too, so that makes them an even better gift. But where and when did people start giving flowers?
In the Beginning-
No one knows exactly who gave the first bunch of flowers, but it could easily go as far back as Adam and Eve from God! Toddlers automatically pick wildflowers to give to their mothers, drawn by the colors and prettiness. We do know, however, that each culture has used flowers for different reasons. In Ancient Greece, flowers were considered to be property of the gods, making them very special. There are accounts of flowers being given as a gift for many thousands of years. The majority of these would have been flowers that where picked wild, plus a few from the garden.
The Language of Flowers-
In Victorian times, flowers were used to express more than just admiration or love. Each flower has a specific meaning . . . though the exact meaning depends on a variety of factors, including color and size. For example, a red rose means "passion", pink means "romance" and yellow colored roses mean "friendship". Back in the day, people knew the meanings of all the most common flowers and this made each and every bouquet full of much more meaning. A young man might send a girl a bunch of wildflowers, but it would really be a message in disguise! Even today, some people enjoy learning the meaning of flowers and adding these special flowers to their bouquets. It really adds a whole other dimension to a simple bunch of mixed flowers. This time period was definitely the most meaningful of all for flower giving. With the extra messages contained in arrangements of flowers, it was one of the big gifts of the day.
Modern Flower Giving-
Traditionally, men gave flowers to women, but now it`s quite acceptable to give a man a bouquet of more masculine colored blooms, too. Even children get into the act! Try giving a little girl a bunch of roses for her birthday and you`ll make her day. My niece talks about how I send her flowers every year to school for her birthday and she is 11. These days, it`s quite common and acceptable to give flowers as gifts. We aren't restricted to simply wild flowers or those available in the garden anymore, either. Now there are tropical blooms and more delicate varieties of flowers available year round from all over the world. This makes giving flowers a more exciting experience. With the ability to grow many flowers in hothouses right in country and also the ability to import those that don`t grow well in the greenhouses, your options at the flower shop are stunning. No longer are we restricted to daisies and roses. Now you can select a delicate ranuculaus, tulips or scabiosa for that special someone. It really opens up the realm of possibilities, thanks to airplanes and special technology.
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