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
- 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)
- 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.
- Both the daffodil (& the snowdrop) are a natural source of Galanthamine; the compound has been used in treatment for Alzheimers’ and vascular dementia
- Daffodil sap can be poisonous to other flowers. To display with other blooms, soak your daffs for in water for 24hrs first
- 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.