It seems that every four years I am more enthused by the Olympics than the last time. This year for obvious reasons I had a particular interest in seeing the bouquets given to medal winners. Have you seen it yet?
I thought I would have a little review of bouquets from Olympics Past. Some of them are more memorable than others...
Athens brought back the ancient tradition of an olive head wreath, but also created a bunch of gerberas, roses, blue amaranth, chrysanthemum, solidaster and olive leaves.
Sydney went all out Australian native, including red waratah, kangaroo paw, billy buttons, grevillea, and eucalyptus.
Atlanta 1996 produced a long bouquet of delphinium, sunflowers and lilies.
Barcelona 1992 was, to be honest, not much of anything. Limonium (statice) and mini carnations.
In 1988, Seoul brought us a bit o' loveliness of the gladioli variety (with some chrysanthemums thrown in).
Lovely ladies from here.
And Los Angeles 1984 made a statement with bird of paradise, liatris, red gerberas and fern.
I drew the line at Moscow 1980 as it seems the boycott was more newsworthy than the flowers.
Certainly an interesting brief - providing 5000 of the same bouquet is pretty huge and potentially mind-numbing work. Which one do you like best? I think my favourite is the Australian native. No bias, I promise.