Happy Easter and the Daffadowndilly
Easter is here and whether you call them Narcissi, Daffodil, Daffadowndilly, Jonquil or the Lent Lily – the early appearance of the bright yellow trumpet-shaped flower is a given in early spring, and is often connected with Easter due to it symbolising rebirth and new beginnings.
The British native variety grows wild in fields, orchards and woods but there’s plenty of cultivated ones too, so that one variety or another seems to be blooming from January through to May.
The wild variety are generally smaller than the hybrids, with paler petals: once very common they largely disappeared in the mid 1900’s due to agricultural intensification.
However, in Wales it is the country’s natural symbol and there’s a 10-mile woodland footpath that is festooned with ‘Daffs’, at this time of year, in Wales’ south west ‘golden triangle’ between Newent and Dymock. Up the road in Gloucester it’s the county flower too.
Some say that the plant got its name from the Greek myth that the plant sprung up where Narcissus drowned, after falling into his reflection, but there’s plenty of evidence that the Narcissi was already established before 27BC.
According to the Language of Flowers they can represent a number of things, (good and bad) from ‘egotism’ to ‘hope’ to ‘stay as sweet as you are’.
Fortunately, brides in Bristol are responding to its beauty, rather than meaning, and increasingly include the daffodil in their choice of flowers; they combine wonderfully with other spring wild flowers for a stunning bouquet.
Written by Lilian McGroarty