Daffodil Flower Lore
GRASONVILLE, MD – Sunday morning – Hey Creativity Sisters! Seeing Heidi’s photo of daffodils has me thinking of spring here on the East Coast even though it is February. We had a little warm spell but we are back into winter. Daffodils, of course, are one of those flowers that just say “Spring!”
Did you know that daffodils should not be put with other cut flowers as their stems excrete a poisonous juice? Daffodils in the language of flowers mean chivalry, uncertainty, deceitful hope, regard and respect. The word daffodil probably comes from affodyle (also spelled affodell), an old English word, that means early-comer. Synonyms for daffodils are – Narcissus. Porillon. Daffy-down-dilly. Fleur de coucou. Lent Lily.
Some regard the daffodil as unlucky as the flowers hang their heads and bring tears and unhappiness — but most of us regard daffodils as a sign of spring and of new life and warmth and growth.
There is a Welsh legend that anyone who is lucky enough to find the first daffodil of the season will be blessed with more gold than silver. (Hey! Congratulations Heidi!) In Britain, the first bloom daffodil brings luck but can mean misfortune to pick a single bloom and bring it into the house. So bring a whole bunch into the house and celebrate spring if you are lucky enough to be living where daffodils are blooming in February. >> Candace