Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Flower of The Month

The flower of the month for March is the Daffodil.  Now your daffodils may not look exactly like this one, some say that there are over 200 different species of daffodils out in the world today.   You may find that your daffodils are the best growers in your garden, you would be correct.  The bulbs will outlast just about any other bulb you plant.  Don't worry if you do not see new blooms on your fresh daffodil plants, sometimes they take up to 5 years to fully come into their glory.  And depending on where you live, these beauties can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.  
But one thing you should know about your daffodil is that they do not play nice with other flowers when cut.  We store daffodils away from the other flowers and take special care if we use them with other flowers.    The sap in the stems will harm other flowers, guess it is their way to insure that they are center stage on your desk or table.   If you want to use cut daffodils in your arrangement be sure to cut the stems, let them sit in water for 10 - 15 minutes, and then add them to your bouquet.  

A little history on the daffodil ~ 

The Latin name for the daffodil, narcissus, has roots in Greek mythology. The Greeks called the flower narkisso because of its overpowering narcotic-like scent and they associated it with Hades.
The word narkisso also reminds of us of another Greek legend surrounding a god with a similar name. The God Narcissus was known for being so self-absorbed that he wasn’t interested in the love of the nymph Echo (who entered a cave and allowed herself to die because of her obsessive love). Later, Narcissus paused to gaze at his image in a stream. As he leaned closer to view it more clearly, he fell in and drowned. The gods placed flowers (narcissus) on the bank in remembrance of him.

Read more at Suite101: Birth Flower for March: The History and Language of the Daffodil |

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