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National Flower Day: History & How To Celebrate

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One of the best parts of spring is watching daffodils and tulips emerge from their winter slumbers as cherry and dogwood trees burst into bloom. After all, what is spring without flowers? If you think there should be a day to celebrate the beauty and magic of all things floral, you’ll be happy to know there is such a thing as National Flower Day. This day falls on March 21 each year and is an excuse to celebrate your favorite spring flowers.

Stay with us to learn about National Flower Day history as well as a few ways to celebrate this holiday in style. Whether you want to add some new flowers to your garden or liven up your house with a fresh flower delivery, you’ll find the perfect way to let your love of flowers bloom.

The History of National Flower Day

First, let’s answer the question when is National Flower Day? While some holidays fall on various dates depending on the year, this holiday always occurs on March 21.

This day celebrates all of the blooms that beautify our lives and brighten our days. While people have enjoyed flowers for thousands of years, National Flower Day history is unclear. There aren’t clear records on when it started, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it today!

While this day celebrates flowers in general, another day recognizes the national flower—the rose. President Ronald Reagan declared roses the national flower of the United States on October 7, 1986. Since then, every October 7 is known as a day to recognize the national flower in all its glory.

Ways to Celebrate National Flower Day

Of course, you can’t celebrate this spring holiday without flowers. But there are many ways to include blooms in your day. Check out these ways to enjoy this holiday.

Plant a New Flower

National Plant a Flower Day occurs on March 12, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a new flowering plant to your garden on this floral holiday. After all, it’s hard to have too many flowers.

While spring is a great time of year to get flowers in the ground, you should keep an eye on the weather forecast if you want to add new plants on March 12. Most regions of the United States receive frosts after this date, and many popular garden flowers will die if they experience a frost. Some frost-tolerant flowers you can safely tuck into the ground in the early spring include pansies, snapdragons, and sweet alyssum.

And if you have a bouquet of blooms in your home, you can try to plant flowers from old bouquets.

Send Flowers to a Friend

Why not share the love this year? Sending a bouquet of flowers to a friend or family member is a great way to brighten their day and let them know you care. And since this flower-filled holiday occurs just after the first day of spring, a flower delivery will also help the recipient get ready for the warmer weather that lies ahead. Any flowers will bring a smile to loved ones’ faces, but spring favorites like tulips and peonies are extra appropriate this time of year.

Bake with Flowers

If you want to share the joy of flowers with your co-workers, soccer team, or book club, use edible flowers to liven up baked goods like cookies and cakes. Viola, chamomile, and anise hyssop make great additions to sweet trees both before and after they head into the oven. However, if you want to retain the blooms’ color and texture, sprinkle the flowers onto your treats after they cool. When your pals see these works of art, they’ll wonder why people use sprinkles when edible flowers exist.

Visit a Botanical Garden

Sometimes, we all need a day out of the house and a step away from our normal routine. If that’s the case, spend a few hours at a nearby botanical garden. Even if it’s cold outside, most gardens have heated greenhouses filled with lush green plants and colorful flowers.

If you don’t have a botanical garden near you, head to a local park or greenhouse for a similar experience.

Flower Care Tips

Whether you want to order cut flowers for yourself or send a bouquet to a loved one, it’s always good to know how to keep your blooms looking fresh for as long as possible. Take note of these tips, and feel free to share them with friends.

Keep Your Flowers Out of Direct Sun

While many popular types of flowers grow best in full sun, direct rays are the enemy of cut flowers. Keep your bouquet in a shady spot to prevent wilting and help it last.

Give the Stems a Fresh Cut

As soon as you receive your bouquet, remove the flowers from their packaging and cut the bottom of the stems at a 45° angle. This will remove any callused tissue that prevents the stems from soaking up water and also increase the surface area of the bottom of the stems.

Don’t Forget About Flower Food

You know that little packet of flower food that arrives with your arrangement? It’s in there for a reason! This packet contains a mixture of sugar to feed your plants, an acidifying agent to lower the water pH and create a more hospitable environment, and bleach to prevent the growth of bacteria. In short, it helps keep your flowers happy!

A good rule of thumb is to add half the packet of flower food when you receive your flowers and add the second half when you change the water a few days later. If you lose the pre-mixed flower food, you can create your own by adding one teaspoon of bleach, one teaspoon of sugar, and two teaspoons of lemon juice per quart of water.

Celebrate National Flower Day with The Bouqs Co.

While you don’t need a reason to fill your home with flowers, National Flower Day just begs you to order a bouquet or two. And we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking to order a flower delivery for your family across the country or brighten your office with a colorful bouquet, you can’t go wrong with our farm-fresh flowers. Since we partner with sustainable farms and ship our blooms right to your door, you can expect beautiful, long-lasting bouquets you can feel good about purchasing.

And if flowers aren’t your thing, check out our selection of houseplants! We know you’ve been thinking about adding a fiddle leaf fig to your entryway and toying over the idea of caring for a pothos above your kitchen sink. With plants shipped right to your door, there’s no excuse not to make your houseplant dreams come true.

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