Scentless Valentines Day Flowers : Thousand Mile Journeys Detract From Flowers Scent

It seems it’s not just the food we eat that can travel thousands of miles before it reaches us, but (quite irrelevantly I concede) apparently our flowers come from a fair old distance too! Why am I blogging this exactly, well, in truth I don’t really know, but know this…the flowers you buy your partner this Valentines (chaps, flowers are a formality so DO NOT forget) will have actually travelled hundreds, and if not thousands of miles before reaching your loved one. An interesting little campaign found that a £195 bouquet of flowers had actually travelled 188, 447 miles from Colombia! The consequence... relatively scentless flowers in part because of the journey, but also because of an anti-blooming agent known as an ethylene blocker. 

Don’t mention this to your loved one though, it’s a sure fire way to detract from what is actually an overpriced, scentless flower (call me a cynic :/ ). Romance however is still alive…Happy Valentines day all!


Mail Online, (2014), 15,000 mile trip that robs valentine’s bouquets of their scent. Retrieved 13th February, 2014, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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