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Anne Diamond | 11:10 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Andy Murray and Laura Robson with their flowers

Ever wondered about the significance of the flowers that are presented to each medalling athlete, as they podium? (Forgive the use of 'medal' and 'podium' as verbs but it's entirely acceptable nowadays according to a language expert I've spoken to on the show!)


Well, athletes have traditionally been presented with floral tributes - sometimes a Greek-style olive branch, other times a sapling, for heaven's sake. But this year, there were very specific instructions from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) about the 'victory bouquets'.

For instance: they had to be no bigger than 20x25 cm, British grown flowers, have strong visual impact with vibrant colours, they must be fragrant (for the athletes' sake - so they always remember), should reflect the energy of London 2012 and be of hardy varieties that will withstand varying temperatures and handling by non-experts.

Crumbs! Quite a brief!

If you fancy making an Olympic posy yourself - listen to my chat this morning, http://bit.ly/QeCbft
plus I've found a handy link that shows you EXACTLY how....

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