Sunshine & Daffodils

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. 

-William Wordsworth

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.

Hopefully this cheerful flower leaves you with a nice big smile on your face. Spring is almost here! Get happy 🙂
Forever Floral,

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