S2 E11. Why are some flowers prickly? Ft. Willow Crossley Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day? Why does chocolate melt?


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In this week's show we answer three questions from Faye and Maya, Ethan and Alex with help from special guest expert Willow Crossley.

Willow Crossley is a florist and a writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her three boys, writing books and designing beautiful things with flowers.

She tells us all about why flowers are prickly plus we find out why blackberry bushes are extra prickly because of a special job they used to do.

We also talk about Valentine’s Day and why people send flowers on that day as well as chocolates and cards. Who sent the first Valentine’s card? Well we find out how it all began with a prisoner in the Tower of London writing poems!

Last up we chat chocolate, not why it’s so delicious, but why it melts! Tune in to find out why and what part of the chocolate it is that melts.

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Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.

This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.

Have a look at what Willow is up to here: www.willowcrossley.com

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