Chasing Knowledge Presents: Flowers

by Chase Mitchelson

Flowers: the colorful part of nature. Flowers can be found in all corners of the world, adapted to the environment. Flowers vary tremendously, in size, shape, color, scent, plant they grow from, where they are, and what they mean.

Since the beginning of time, flowers have been a voice for human emotions and feelings. Certain flowers have been given certain ideas. The red rose is a symbol of love, while the coral rose symbolizes of friendship, sympathy, and modesty. Almost every common flower has been given a meaning.

Flowers gives us more than just meanings though. I know for me, I love going around looking at and smelling the flowers. Doing this gives me time to think, about the flowers, about life, about anything or nothing. It keeps me in touch with nature. I usually take pictures of most of the flowers I see, but some of them, some of the moments are too precious to capture, that’s the thing about photography.

 Flowers have been the base for many literature pieces. Poems, shorts stories, plays, etc. William Shakespeare mentions a flower in a lot of his plays, to emphasize an emotion/idea for a certain moment.

There is a language, little known,

Lovers claim it as their own.

Its symbols smile upon the land,

Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;

And in their silent beauty speak,

Of life and joy, to those who seek

For Love Divine and sunny hours

In the language of the flowers.

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

 

Fun Facts

– From life to death, friendship to hate, purity to passion, flowers have had many meanings in myths and legends. And from legends, there are grains of truth, so people have correlated these meanings into their own lives.

– In the Chinese Taoist tradition, the highest state of enlightenment was pictured as a golden flower growing from the top of the head.

Many cultures connect flowers with birth, with the return of spring after winter, with life after death, and with joyful youth, beauty, and merriment. Yet because they fade quickly, flowers are also linked with death, especially the death of the young. Together the two sets of associations suggest death followed by heavenly rebirth, which may be one reason for the tradition of placing or planting flowers on graves.

– Flowers did not always exist; before that, ferns and trees were all over the earth.

-Several centuries ago in Holland, tulips were more valuable than gold.

-Broccoli is actually a flower.

-Some plants such as orchids don’t need soil to grow, they get all their nutrients out of the air.

-Like with most things, each month has been given a certain flower to represent it. However the flowers vary depending on the region. Also each state has been given a State Flower.

-The Middlemist Red flower is the rarest flower in the world, as there are only two examples left in the world.

-Estimates say there are just over 400,000 flowering plants.

-The corpse flower only blooms every 7-10 years, and blooms for up to 24 hours. The flower smells of rotten flesh, hence its name.

 

I encourage you all to go exploring. On the web, in a forest, on a hilltop. Flowers are everywhere and there’s so much to learn and get from them. Just don’t pick them, they’re much more beautiful where they belong, in the wild. Good luck!

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      Fire Lily                                           Forget Me Not                             Thistle

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Bird of paradise                              Egyptian Lotus                         Green Day Lily

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