Garden and Nature in Words

Daffodil Day

Today is Daffodil Day, one of the major fund raising activities for the Cancer Council.

Similar to the start of wattle trees blooming, this day and seeing bright flowers, like daffodils, is a signal to me that winter is soon ending and spring, with its warmer temperatures and longer, sunnier days is just around the corner.  So today’s topic is about these beautiful flowers 😊

Did you know…….

  • Gifting a bouquet of daffodils is believed to ensure happiness to the recipient but legend has it that presenting only a single daffodil means that bad luck may be on the horizon
  • Daffodils can flower from between six weeks to six months depending on the growing conditions
  • The daffodil is the national flower of Wales
  • There are at least 25 different daffodil species and up to 13,000 hybrids according to the Daffodil Data Bank
  • It is the official flower for 10 wedding anniversaries
  • Daffodils contain sap that is often poisonous to other plants.  If you want to mix them with other flowers in a vase, soak the daffodils in water for 24 hours prior to remove the sap
  • Squirrels will not eat daffodil bulbs as the bulbs contain poisonous crystals which only certain insects can eat….so be careful of this if your dog likes to dig, don’t plant daffodils in those areas

So if you see Daffodil Day flowers and merchandise in your travels today and can spare some cash for a donation, it would be great if you could support this worthy cause.

Links that I have used to research this article

https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/a35524/daffodil-facts/

http://3quarterstoday.com/2012/03/28/19-facts-about-daffodils/

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