Let’s begin with the fact that daffodils grow wild in
Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado…something I had no idea about. As I hiked through the
now green pastures, and the lower elevations of the still snow-capped Rockies,
I couldn’t help but be in awe of the immense beauty of springtime in what’s
known as “low season” in these high altitude ski towns.
In addition to all the newly blooming Aspen tress, the dense
beds of dandelions, endless rolling hills of florescent green grass, and the
rivers of raging water due to snow run-off, the object(s) of my affection were
the wild-growing daffodils… EVERYWHERE!
Daffodils are the birthday flower of March symbolizing
rebirth and new beginnings, which are synonymous with the Spring Equinox. There
is quite a bit of lore associated with these flowers, also known as narcissus,
so let’s explore a bit here:
Plant lore tells us that daffodils bring good fortune to the
person who avoids trampling on them…so watch your step!
In the Christian faith, daffodils are often connected with
Easter and Lent and are called the “Lenten Lilly” in England. Legend has it
that the daffodil first appeared on the night of The Last Supper in the Garden
of Gethsemane to comfort Jesus in his hour of sorrow.
St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love for animals and visa versa, was gifted
with a nest of colored eggs. His constant companion, a rabbit, asked the
daffodil for it’s yellow hue to color the Lark’s eggs; the crocus, for it’s
blue color; and the violet, for it’s purple color. St Francis was so pleased
with the gift that he made a declaration that a basket of colored eggs would
return as an Easter gift forever, in memory of the first Easter rabbit.
In Wales, finding the first daffodil of spring is expected
to bring more gold than silver to your home and life during the following twelve months.
Chinese legend has it that if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the (Chinese) New Year, it will bring good luck for the next twelve months.
Daffodils are a 10th wedding anniversary flower.
A gift of these blooms are said to ensure happiness. But always remember to
give daffodils in a bunch—the same legends that associate this cheerful flower
with good fortune warn us that when given in a single bloom, can foretell
Thank you, daffodil!