Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by admin
The sight of crocuses and daffodils in the countryside are the harbingers of spring and the promise of warmer weather on the way. Those little parcels of yellow sunshine lift our spirits and turn our thoughts once more to our gardens and the outdoors.
Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus and our garden Daffodil’s ancestors came from areas around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Daffodils are perennials with at least 50 species and many hybrids. In a moderate climate, they will be amongst the first spring bulbs to flower and bloom in clusters.
They were widely grown by the ancient Greeks and the Romans but became almost forgotten until, around the 17th Century, when a group of Englishmen took the Daffodil out of the “wild” and introduced them into gardens.
Daffodils were originally brought to Britain by the Romans who believed that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually, the sap contains calcium oxalate crystals that can irritate the skin. These crystals also clog the stems of other flowers, causing them to wilt if placed in the same vase. Enjoy vases of daffodils in your home, just don’t combine them with other flowers.
Daffodils symbolize friendship and are some of the most popular flowers…..simply for their unmatched beauty.
Even Wordsworth was inspired to write about these beauties….
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 dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.
So, head out into our burgeoning countryside for a walk and let their pretty yellow faces brighten up your day.
Pauline Bourne (East Grinstead Garden)