Free Flower Basket Day on January 4 encourages you to surprise someone with beautiful flowers. Everyone loves flowers — they’re gorgeous, they smell nice, they look good, and they don’t need much maintenance. Whether you pick a few from your garden or buy a lovely bouquet, give a friend or family member a free basket of flowers to brighten their day.
History of Free Flower Basket Day
Flowers presumably originated between 140 to 200 million years ago. They are the bloom or blossom of a plant. The flower is the part that produces seeds, which eventually become other flowers. This happens through a process known as pollination, which is carried out either by insects or the wind. Flowers are highly modified to attract their special pollinators such as bees, flies, moths, hummingbirds, bats, and more. It’s for this reason that flowers are brightly colored and beautifully scented.
Did you know that without some flowers, we would not have some foods, medicines, dyes, textiles, and tons of other essentials for daily use? They are essential and every type of flower is unique in color, scent, shape and size. They need food and sunlight to survive, as they make their own food and derive energy through photosynthesis. To perform photosynthesis, plants require; carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. Carbon dioxide penetrates through little holes in a plant’s leaves, flowers, branches, stems, and roots. The roots absorb the water, the sun breaks down the molecules of carbon dioxide and water, and reorganizes them to make sugar (glucose) and oxygen.
It is not certain who created Free Flower Basket Day, but it is likely that the holiday was started by the greeting card industry because there are always references to it on greeting card sites. We do know, however, that it’s a day to give or receive a basket of flowers and it is celebrated annually on January 4.
Free Flower Basket Day timeline
Egyptians place flowers in vases and create beautiful arrangements for various occasions.
The Chinese take up flower arrangements, and flowers are an important aspect of religious teachings and medicine.
Flower arranging reaches Europe and flowers are especially popular in churches and monasteries.
The oldest flower — a 130-million-year-old aquatic plant Montsechia vidalii — is found in Spain.
Free Flower Basket Day FAQs
How long do flowers last?
Flowers last between five to seven days, and if properly cared for, they can last for a few weeks. Although some flowers last forever if dried.
Is it possible to hate flowers?
Yes. Anthophobia is the fear of flowers, and some people are allergic to specific or most flowers.
Do flowers smell like chocolate?
Some flowers smell exactly like chocolates, including chocolate daisies, chocolate orchids, and more.
Free Flower Basket Day Activities
Express your love with flowers
Say “I love you” to those special people in your life and say it with flowers. Flowers are one of, if not the most genuine way to express your love for someone.
Get flowers for yourself
Show yourself some self-love. Flowers are known to lift your mood, so go pick a few of your favorites or have them delivered to your door.
Donate to your favorite charity
As a “thank you” for all the hard work your favorite charity is doing, donate a basket of flowers to them. No doubt it will be appreciated.
5 Amazing Facts About Flowers
Roses are the most popular flowers
The beautifully colored rose flowers are the most popular flowers in the world.
Tulips were worth more than gold
Some centuries ago in Holland, tulips were more expensive than gold.
Broccoli is actually a flower
Broccoli is a plant from the Brassicaceae family whose flowers and stalks are eaten as a vegetable.
Orchids do not need soil to grow
Orchids do not necessarily need soil to grow because their nutrients are obtained from air.
Flowers did not always exist
Flowers first appeared about 140 to 200 million years ago.
Why We Love Free Flower Basket Day
Flowers are beautiful
Flowers are simply stunning. They are a true sight for sore eyes and will beautify any room in your home.
Flowers can instantly change your mood
Flowers are proven to improve your mood. And sending flowers to someone when they are going through a tough time is a thoughtful way to lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.
Flowers have healing powers
Flowers have several powers beyond beauty and sentiment. They have been known to inspire and help cure medical illnesses for many centuries now. Some are known to relieve pain or fight against nausea.
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