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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

The birthflower of March and the national flower of Wales, the Daffodil, takes its name from the Old English word, “Affodyle,” meaning “that which comes early" marking the coming spring. In parts of the British Isles, including Wales, if you’re the first in your neighborhood to spot a first daffodil of spring, you will see far more gold than silver over the coming year! In other traditions, if you give a gift of daffodils, your recipient will be favoured with good luck – but you must give an entire bunch because a single flower might draw penury and ill fortune! Other names for the daffodil include "daffadown dilly" and "daffydowndilly" as well as "Lent lily" and the Welsh "Peter's Leek." 🌼

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.