I wandered 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.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
It’s obvious that March’s flower has to be the daffodil.
There’s absolutely no better way to say, “spring is coming” than with these little guys’ bright-as-sunshine shade of yellow.
I mean, honestly.. How could these not put a smile on your face?!
Wordsworth seems to think they can turn a frown upside down. I completely agree.
If there wasn’t a flower already called a sunflower, these would totally be the best candidate.
Here are some fun facts about this fun little flower:
- The name ‘daffodil’ was first recorded in 1538. Even earlier it was called ‘affodil’. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “The initial d had not been satisfactorily accounted for.”
- In Victorian times, daffodils represented chivalry. Today they symbolise hope.
- Daffodil bulbs are poisonous to squirrels. (It was so weird I had to add it)
- Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought the sap from them had healing powers.
It is a type of Narcissus, along with Paperwhites and Jonquil
- The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
You should probably know:
Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. When arranging in a vase don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24 hours. Do not recut the stems as it will re-release the toxin.