Who is up to date on their Greek Myths? Fortunately for me I get to relive my childhood love for Greek Myths through my 6 year old twins. Their current podcast obsession is Greeking Out by National Geographic Kids. Which brings me to the story of Narcissus -the boy who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. He eventually dies staring down at himself and in his place grows a flower baring his name. The common name for (genus) Narcissus is Daffodil. It seems apt as most Daffodil flower heads point downward.
It was easy to go down the rabbit hole trying to learn about the various meanings of Daffodils. Generally speaking they are associated with Easter and spring, signaling new beginnings and are the birth flower for March. Given as a single flower, a Daffodil, symbolizes unrequited love or misfortune. Given in a bunch they symbolize joy, happiness and celebration. In grocery stores we mostly find the bright yellow daffodils – sunshine. Culturally speaking the symbolization of the daffodil is positive. In China it is a symbol of good fortune. In Japan, joy and mirth. In France, hope. The Daffodil is also a symbol used by the American Cancer Society for “hope for a cure.”
Daffodils make a great gift for housewarmings, birth of a baby, or to say, “congratulations”. Lucky for us in Colorado, when other regions are saying farewell to this cheery spring time flower, our local Daffodil season is just beginning. You’ll soon see them make their way into Middlemist arrangements and bouquets.
Middlemist is a boutique floral studio in Golden, Colorado focused on everyday luxury floral design.