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History of the ‘flower’

Note from Jim: Something a little bit different today from the team at Fresh Flowers in Brisbane, who have sent through this brief history of the role that flowers have played over the ages. I hope you enjoy it, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

People all over the world adorn their houses with beautiful flowers, whilst others send them to their friends or lovers as gifts. But, have you ever stopped to think about the history of the flower? When was the first ever flower discovered? It’s something most people do not tend to give much consideration to. As we are so used to flowers, we can take them for granted, simply assuming that they have been around forever. Yet, this is of course not the case.

The first evidence of flowers can be dated back to over 100 million years ago!  This evidence has been discovered through flower fossils, and thus whilst we cannot pinpoint an exact date for their birth, we can state that they go back to prehistoric period. The first plant fossils found date back to approximately 93 million years ago. These were wood magnolia-like plants. image5However, more recently there have been discoveries that link flowers back to even further dates. Small herb-life flower fossils were uncovered and they date back to roughly 120 million years ago, whilst angiosperms – i.e. flowering plants – are believed to have been around 146 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

It is truly remarkable to consider that flowers were playing such a huge role so long ago. They carried great depth of meaning. You only have to look at the meaning flowers had in various cultures of old to see that this is the case. They have long been significant when it comes to burial rituals. In fact, this has been the case since the Pleistocene epoch, as the cave dwelling Neanderthals used flowers for burial. Archaeologists actually uncovered a cave in Iraq, whereby two women, a man and an infant were buried. Pollen of flowers was found in the soil. This pollen was then tested and scientists could identify the flowers that were present. What is most significant is that all of the flowers had therapeutic properties. The study also shows that variations of flowers were present during the time.

Since then, the use of flowers is one that cannot be ignored. Flowers have been used in all cultures and all time periods to convey meanings, express feelings and commemorate vital observances and rituals. They have been used in art, tapestries, and music and such like. In fact, the Victorians even developed their own flower language, floriography. They used flowers as a means of coded communication in order to convey a message to someone they loved or cared about without having to speak a word. This language was extremely important to the people of this era. They could recognise the scent of a flower and understand what message was meant for them.

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Of course we are talking about flowers generally, you can then delve into the unique history of each and every type of flower. Take the Daisy as a prime example. This flower is believed to be over 4000 years old. When the Minoan place on the Island of Crete was excavated, stunning gold hairpins ending in a daisy-like ornament were found. Daises were also used to adorn Egyptian ceramics. Or, how about Aster plants? Did you know that these were placed on the graves of French soldiers? Aster plants were thought to have healing properties, and when placed on the graves they were used to symbolise a wish that things had turned out differentially. There’s then Chrysanthemums. Japanese emperors would actually sit on a chrysanthemum throne! Also, to sustain a healthy and long life, a chrysanthemum petal was place on the bottom of a wine glass.

It is truly mind blowing to think about the role flowers have played throughout history and they still have a monumental impact today. Why not order flowers online in Brisbane from Fresh Flowers today and reinvent your home or present someone with a gift that’s assured to put a smile on their face? Keep the beauty and importance of the flower flowing.

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