Residents at Hickathrift House in Marshland St James, Wisbech celebrated International Flower Day which took place on January 19.

International Flower Day promotes the psychological boost that flowers can give to people.

From growing and nurturing plants and flowers to gifting flowers to show love and appreciation, and sometimes just the simple act of admiring their beauty – flowers have the power to make someone’s day.

Residents took part in flower-based activities in the celebration including a flower arranging afternoon, reminiscing about their gardens, learning what different flowers symbolise, virtual visits to famous gardens via YouTube and floral aromatherapy which everyone enjoyed.

Their collective knowledge about flowers gained from years of gardening experience was very impressive.

Wisbech Standard: Flower arranging at Hickathrift House Care Home

Audrey, a resident at Hickathrift House, said: “What stunning displays, we all made. I was thrilled to take part in the flower arranging, it reminded me of my florist days.

“I was very fond of learning what the flowers symbolised as some I never knew. Even at the age of 99, there are still things to learn, thanks to the activities ladies”.

Paula Colman, general manager at Hickathrift House, said: “Our garden is a much-loved space, residents enjoy looking after the plants and flowers and watching them grow and change through the seasons.

“We don’t have many flowers at the moment so our residents very much enjoy the escapism of virtually visiting some of the most famous gardens in the world.”

Wisbech Standard: Audrey flower arranging