Sunday, March 21, 2010

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DAFFODIL: MARCH FLOWER

Symbolic through the ages for regard, unrequited love, and chivalry, Daffodils are also associated with the arrival of spring and rebirth. Some of its other names include the jonquil and white narcissi, and they are part of the genus Narcissus. One of the first flowers to make an early spring appearance, Daffodils with their trumpet shaped center against star shaped petals have been recorded in history as early as the second century B.C. They are believed to be native of the area around the Mediterranean Sea. Daffodils were important flowers to both the Greeks and the Romans. The Romans brought Daffodils to Britain as the sap was thought to have healing powers. Egyptians used these bright bunches in funeral wreaths. The early American pioneers took these hearty bulbs across the wilderness in their covered wagons. I was fortunate to be given some of these heritage Daffodils as a volunteer Master Gardener at the Frederick Meijer Gardens. Daffodils are also admired and sought after in poetry, art, antiques, collectibles, and in home d├ęcor. Below are some Daffodil inspired finds!




"Daffodils"

I Wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
-William Wordsworth 1804


I’m the Golden Daffodil
Gleamin’ over Childhood’s hill,
Gayest thoughts to you I bring
Of happy days
And sunny spring!

-Helen E. Jeffers

In time of daffodils - who know
The goal of living is to grow
Forgetting why,
Remember how...

E.E. Cummings



Yellow yellow daffodil, dancing in the sun..
Oh yellow , yellow daffodil, you tell me spring has come.
I can hear a blue bird sing, and hear a robin call.
But yellow yellow daffodil,
I love you most of all.

-Author Unknown

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