The bold and beautiful daffodil

This cheerful flower trumpets its goodwill to the world in February & March - though this year they were blooming in Crickhowell mid-January!

5 Daffodil facts

  1. A favourite of poets, from William Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered as lonely as a cloud’ being perhaps the more familiar to A.E. Houseman’s ‘The Lenten Lily’ (an old English name for the daffodil)
  2. Not only the national flower of Wales with its bloom often coinciding with St. David’s Day on 1st March but the daffodil is also a symbol of prosperity in China.
  3. Both the daffodil (& the snowdrop) are a natural source of Galanthamine; the compound has been used in treatment for Alzheimers’ and vascular dementia
  4. Daffodil sap can be poisonous to other flowers. To display with other blooms, soak your daffs for in water for 24hrs first
  5. They symbolise re-birth & new beginnings but the same stories that speak of the daffodil and good fortune warn to give daffodils in a bunch, that giving a single daffodil can foretell misfortune.