Before I settled down to write this article, I had one question: Where do flowers come from? Well, the answer is I can’t tell you! In fact, Darwin (who was a massive lover of flowers) couldn’t answer this question either. Instead, he just left it as a mystery and respected how powerful they are in the world as we know it.
If you think about it, they’re everywhere. From forests to fields, flowers dominate our world’s ecosystems. They’re responsible for the majority of calories humans eat. Foods like wheat, rice and fruit are all born due to flowers.
After Darwin Research Goes On
Not only are flowers massively diverse, they’re also one of the most successful species on our planet, and yes, after Darwin died their “roots” still left scientists baffled. However, fossils have been found that date these lovely plants anything from 66 to 100 million years ago!
That said, it appears the DNA is where all the answers are coming from. So, instead of looking to fossils the world of science has decided to strip back the DNA codes in order to understand why different flowers are formed.
Whilst doing this, they’ve discovered not when these plants first appeared but that their diversity is due to the recycling of genes. Much the same way in which limbs or eyes were formed (that’s a different story for a different article though)!
Enough With the Science!
I hear you. I’m not going to bang on about how flowers first appeared, or why. I want you to think about what a huge part they play in everyone’s lives. Sure, I’ve met people who have told me they won’t have cut flowers in the house because they think it’s like watching something die.
Each to their own, but I’ll bet that very same person has bought them in the past. Whether it be for a birthday, or funeral flowers will be part of their life. So much so they probably don’t even notice how much.
The Power of Flowers
For me it’s truly amazing just what power flowers have. They can make you feel uplifted or comforted, they can even bring a tear to your eye. You’ll often, see them at weddings, funerals, birthday parties and they’re sent to people as get-well gifts. The list is endless.
To understand the true power of flowers, you only need look at how much the industry is worth. In the 1950’s it was worth less than $3 Billion, in 2003 it was worth a little under $102 Billion globally! This works out at an annual growth of 6% year on year.
What Flowers Mean
I could go into why certain flowers have their meanings, but that would involve going all “science” on you again, so I’m just going to pick a few of my favorites so the next time you’re looking for a way to send a message you’ll know which one to “pick”. First on my list is the Bird of Paradise and not surprisingly this flower represents paradise itself, or joyfulness. Oh, and it’s also the 9th wedding anniversary flower.
Carnations are next. As you probably know, they come in all sorts of colors, but the one I would always choose is pink. This is because some believe they were created from the Virgin Mary’s tears. For that reason, they symbolize a mother’s undying love.
Finally, I have the lily, and these have various meanings depending on the type. However, if you know someone with a birthday in May, feel free to choose whoever sort you like. So, the next time you’re sending flowers spare a thought for what they truly mean.