Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April is Daffodil Month


The daffodil is considered a symbol of wealth and good fortune in China. If one blooms on New Year's Day, the Chinese New Year is off to a good start for the household and they will have good fortune for that year.
The Romans believed the sap from these flowers had special healing powers, and here in Canada the daffodil has been the symbol of cancer awareness since 1956. It became part of the logo of the Canadian Cancer Society in 2000 and pins are sold in support every year.
Bunches of daffodils are also sold in April as a fundraiser by the CCS and whether purchasing bunches of daffodils for this worthy cause or cutting them from your garden, they need to be conditioned to last in a vase.  Always start out with a clean container and secateurs to cut the ends from the stems.  Daffodils excrete sap when the stems are cut which is harmful to other flowers.  Let them sit alone in water overnight and rinse off the stems before adding to a mixed bouquet of cut flowers.  They seem to last longer in cool shallow water containing some floral preservative. Change the water every couple of days.
N. 'Fragrant Rose' in my garden; 
established from the fall 09 Gardenimport bulb trials
Planting daffodil bulbs in the fall for spring blooms will bring rewards of cheery flowers that increase their numbers each year, naturalize well and squirrels don't like their taste. The botanical name is Narcissus but we've all come to know and love these flowers by their common name of daffodils. If you haven't included them in your spring garden display yet, remember to buy some good sized bulbs this fall and plant in a well drained soil.

18 comments:

  1. I had no idea about daffodils being associated with cancer awareness in Canada! I love the thought of these cheerful flowers being used as a fundraiser for such a worthy cause.

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  2. I have my daffodil on my coat and waiting patiently for them to flower in the garden.

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  3. I did not know that daffodils are in the Narcissus family. I know Narcissus as Narcissus, but now that I think of it, they do look a little similar. Good tips for cut bouquets. I knew none of that either!

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  4. The daffodils are budding in the garden. I have my daffodil on my purse. Thanks for the tip about not putting the cut blooms in with other blooms.

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  5. Daffodils are my spring favorite. I have to remember to buy bulbs that bloom in late spring because my early ones get snowed on, which does not seem to hurt them, but the also freeze. One can never have too many daffodils, I say. Now I know more about keeping them inside.

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  6. I love daffodils and have several large clumps at the south end of the house where it's sunny and warm. I didn't know about the sap being poisonous to other cut flowers so thanks for that tip. (I hope I remember it!) I bought my bouquet in support of the Canadian Cancer Society earlier this month.

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  7. Daffodils are sold here in April as well - love what you did with the photo! Nice editing.

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  8. Beautiful photo framed !
    I love this simple suggestion and somehow it has prompted me to think about where I want to plant Daffs in the Fall.

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  9. Interesting info on the daffodil. Thankfully I usually put them in their own vase as we have plenty growing around here. They are usually here the end of February so March would be a better month for Daffodil month!

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  10. I didn't know that about their sap being poisonous to other flowers. We have some back in our woods that the deer seem to leave alone. (They ate all the tulips!) thanks for the tips!

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  11. I didn't know about the sap being poisonous to other flowers, either...and I worked in flower shops for years!! thank you for sharing that information,Judith.
    They are such a happy little flower...I love them.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  12. In my garden,I have some daffodils which my mother in law planted before. They are pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing that interesting information,Juduth!

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  13. Oh Judith, I just love daffodils! Thanks for the interesting information about them!

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  14. Thanks for sharing the info. I have some daffies in my yard and I just love them.. They are so pretty! Have a happy weekend!

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  15. I have to confess that the daffodil is my favorite flower - besides lavender, that is!

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  16. They are always so pretty and definitely makes one think of Spring when you see them.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  17. I love daffodils too and in fact I have a small bouquet in the living room. I dug up and shared a couple hundred daffs with friends two years ago; today I went out and counted and I have approx. 900 daffodils. They proliferate beautifully.
    Hugs to you, Beth

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