Having a hard time to think of something to write about, so I went thru some of my many gardening books. How did these flowers get their names? So here I found out about Daffodil.
The difference in meaning between the names of daffodils, narcissi, and jonquils is still unclear, but we seem to agree that all daffodils are narcissi, though not all narcissi are daffodils, and it has to do with the length of trumpet and number of flowers per stem.
The confusion over the name daffodil may have started early, when the British, who preferred the imported asphodel to their native daffodil, allegedly call the former bastard of foil. Jonquil comes from the Spanish jonquils, referring to the rush like leaves. Daffodil may have been brought to Britain by the Roman's who believed their mucilaginous sap could had wounds, although in fact it contains sharp crystals that prevent animals from eating the plant and may in fact irritate the skin.
The daffodil, for many, is spring itself. Describing the daffodils she and her brother William saw on a walk. Dorothy Wordsworth said," Some rested their heads on these stones as on a pillow." This is good to remember when looking at daffodils after a storm, or for me after the cold nights. They are simply resting their heads. Dorothy noted that the daffodils tossed and rolled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, they looked so gay and glancing." One can't help wondering if William ready her diary before writing his famous poem and wandering lonely as a cloud. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa