HUMANS - and possibly Neanderthals - have been saying it with flowers since prehistoric times.
Homo sapiens have been using them as gifts, messages of love, decorations and air fresheners for thousands of years.
Floral traditions abound in myth and history.
- In Roman mythology, white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as she mourned Adonis.
- The soldiers of Egyptian Pharaoh Thothmes III picked flowers in Syria as tribute 3500 years ago.
- In Victorian England, flowers could be used to convey like or dislike, depending on how they were arranged.
- Marigolds have been associated with meanings ranging from affection to cruelty and avarice.
Whatever their meaning, flowers brighten up any garden, and we are pleased to be able to help brighten yours this spring with free flower seeds for a week.
Just take a token from your paper each day and exchange it for a free packet of seeds from participating newsagents.
We're starting today with dramatic sunflowers, then moving on to the zinnia, daisy, snapdragon, a popular mix and the petunia.
Redeem a token from our paper each day and exchange it for a free packet of seeds from participating newsagents.
The seeds will be:
- Today: Sunflower
- Monday: Zinnia
- Tuesday: Daisy
- Wednesday: Snapdragon
- Thursday: Fresh Flower Mix
- Friday: Petunia