March Birth Month Flower: Daffodils

6 Mar

Daffodils: Spring is (Nearly) Here

Tulips bring cheer anywhere they go!

Daffodils bring cheer everywhere they go!

Happy Birthday March Bloomies!

Even though the weather seems more like December, the promise of spring is evident with the arrival of our Birthday Flower of the Month, Daffodils. They personally are one of my favorite flowers, and the ones I have in my kitchen currently even smell like honey!

The Meaning of Daffodils

As one of the earliest blooming flowers, Daffodils symbolize rebirth and fresh starts. To give someone a Daffodil is to mean “regard” or “chivalry.” Daffodils can also mean honesty and forthrightness. Some even contend that the Daffodil’s trumpet shape is a call to “toot our own horns.” What a great way to celebrate a birthday- with flowers from those who hold you in high regard, and want you sing the  song of yourself to the world!

Daffodils In Your Garden

Did you know that Daffodils came in pink varieties too?

Did you know that Daffodils came in pink varieties too?

Daffodils are among the easiest flowers to grow, and a great choice for beginner gardeners.  They are perennial bulbs, will self sow and spread, and will come up again and again for decades. Plant them in the fall for spring blooms year after year. I have learned this year that they are pretty easily transplanted, even in the middle of a growing season. I have several relocated Daffodils happily pushing up heads as I type.
There are hundreds of varieties of Daffodils available today. They come super tiny or big and showy, very fragrant or all about color.  They come in different shades of white, yellow, and pink. Even with this limited palette, the different petal and cup formations, and variations in hues, mean seemingly endless varieties.  Better Homes and Gardens has a great slideshow on 17 Top Daffodils.

Daffodil Arrangements

Daffodils and Tulips are a classic combination.

Daffodils and Tulips are a classic combination.

Daffodils are a staple of simple backyard garden arrangements. Whether in bunches in a jar, or more elaborate arrangements with other spring flowers like tulips, there’s nothing quite as cheerful as Daffodils indoors. Cut daffodil stems tend to ooze a clear goo, which is toxic to other cut flowers. Therefore it is advisable to cut them and set them in their own water for a time, then rinse the stems and add them to the other varieties you wish to use.If you want them on their own, I still recommend giving them fresh water after an hour or so, just the help them last longer and keep the water clear.

William Wordsworth on Daffodils

I leave you with a poem. Enjoy!

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

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