March Birth Flower

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No flower says cheerful, quite so well as the daffodil. As the birth flower of March, daffodils bloom at just the right time of year as we say goodbye to winter and look forward to spring.

First brought to the UK by the Romans, daffodils are thought to symbolise new beginnings and good fortune.

We're surrounded by banks of glorious daffs nearby, which always remind me of Worsworth's famous poem:

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.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
William Wordsworth 
Daffodils in a hedgerow
Unbelievably, there are around 13,000 different types of daffodils! One of my favourites is this Pheasant Eye variety.
Pheasant Eye Daffodil
The sap from daffodils can irritate the skin and is also damaging to other flowers in the vase. If you are displaying daffodils with other blooms, just pop them in a separate vase after you've trimmed them for a few hours, before adding back to the main bouquet.

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