the Birthflower of March
"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
~ I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, William Wordsworth, 1804
In some regional folklore, daffodils are considered lucky flowers. In particular, there’s a tradition that if you make the deliberate effort not to step on them and crush them, fortune will favor you with abundance. If you give someone a gift of daffodils, they’ll have good luck – but you must ensure to give an entire bunch because a single flower will draw penury and ill fortune. In parts of the British Isles, including Wales, if you’re the first in your neighborhood to spot the first daffodil of spring, you will see far more gold than silver over the coming year! 🌼
The Daffodil is the birth flower of March.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, the colours are reminiscent of daffodils on a clear spring day.
From the designer's notes:
"The large yellow squares of yellow remind me of the trumpet of daffodils; the green is their leaves; the blue is the sky; the multiple lines overall remind me of how busy the spring can be in a garden."
The daffodil is also the national flower of Wales and is often worn on St. David's Day on March 1.
In Wales, daffodils are often pinned to lapels though prior to Victorian times, the leek (the other official symbol of Wales) was more common. It is believed that the leek was not considered glamorous enough for all displays, and the daffodil, which flowers close to the holiday, became the floral replacement.
This idea was supposedly encouraged by David Lloyd-George, Britain's Welsh Prime Minister, though the story may be apocryphal.
And for more on the folklore, names, and traditions associated with the daffodil flower, click the daffodils.