Floral Friday ~ Olive
Olive has been a traditional symbol of victory, purity and peace since ancient civilization. The hardiness of the leaves and branches as well as the silvery light green color make it a great addition to flower crowns, garlands, wreaths, corsages, boutonnieres or just floral arrangements in general.
- The olive tree is an evergreen and can live up to 2000 years with an average life span between 300 and 600 years. One of oldest olive trees in the world is found on the island of Crete. The tree is about 4,000 years old and still producing fruit!
- In Ancient Greece, the Olympic Winners were awarded crown wreaths of olive since olive trees were abundant in Olympia. Medals weren’t introduced until 1896.
- According to the biblical story in Genesis, a dove was released by Noah after the flood in order to find land. It came back carrying an olive branch in its beak, telling Noah that there was land somewhere.
- The olive branch has long been regarded as a symbol for peace. It appears on the national flags of seven nations, four US states and the flag of the United Nations.
- It has a year-round availability.
Peace out ✌, extend an olive branch, or say, “Olive you ❤.”