A host of golden daffodils
Look out for daffodils as March approaches.
Hard to believe though it is during our long winter, but spring is almost here. There is no better herald of this hopeful season than the brave little daffodil, one of the first and most welcome flowers to be seen in fields, gardens and by roadsides in March.
The daffodil is not just a pretty face. It is the national symbol of Wales, where on the feast day of the Principality’s patron saint, David, it’s traditional to wear a daffodil or a leek. It even has a medicinal use; daffodils can be used to produce a drug called galantamine, which is used to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
The daffodil features in classical mythology. According to ancient Greek myths, Narcissus was a vain young man who pined to death after falling in love with his own reflection in a pool. The gods used his remains to make the Narcissus flower, the family of which the daffodil is a member.
It’s a symbol of hope too – used by cancer societies around the world to signify the ongoing battle against disease. Marie Curie Cancer has launched its Great Daffodil Month appeal. Go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/