As we pause to take a breath between the Olympics and the Paralympics, I’d like draw your attention away from the track, and to the colourful posies that will be received by about 4,800 medal winners by the time the 2012 Olympic games wrap up on the 9th of September.
Modelled on the traditional British nosegay of times gone by, these scented posies are so beautifully arranged, but what do the carefully chosen flowers and herbs actually represent?
Allow me to decipher the London 2012 Victory Bouquet – you’ll never look at the 2012 Olympians the same way again!
Yellow Rose during Victorian times the yellow rose signified jealousy, but these days it is recognised for friendship, joy and freedom. Sounds harmless enough. However, in France it’s known for infidelity. Oh my!
Orange Rose for desire and fascination. Hmmm?
Green Rose the green rose was once known to say “I am from Mars“, however today it represents fertility, hope and life. Do you recognise a pattern yet?
Pink Rose for perfect happiness. Of course!
Wheat is for wealth, prosperity and riches. Understandable.
Apple mint signifies virtue, love, passion and enhances sexuality. In fact the ancient Greeks believed that mint increased love-making! Well, well, no wonder ‘Official condom provider to the Olympics’ is such a fiercely defended title!
Rosemary is for remembrance and is also a symbol of fidelity. Those poor dears, they won’t know if they’re coming or going!
Lavender has been known for devotion and loyalty. A sprig of lavender carried with a sprig of rosemary was once said to preserve chastity. What a cunning plan by OCOG! I wonder if it worked?
So there you have it, the 2012 London Olympic Victory bouquet all spelled out. My thoughts? I’d say the messages within would confuse even the most steadfast Olympic athlete! What was wrong with the humble laurel wreath anyway? It simply represented what’s inside every medal winner’s head when they stand on the podium – VICTORY!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Olympic bouquet below…