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Flowers of good luck for your garden. The daffodil or Narcissus

Flowers of good luck for your garden. The daffodil or Narcissus
Isabel del Rio

The daffodil or Narcissus. Photo attribution John from Tulsa, USA on Flickr

Flowers. The daffodil… What a beautiful flower! The daffodil is practically synonymous with spring. Thus, this gorgeous yellow flower symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.

European traditions said that if you dry and keep the first daffodil of your garden, your next twelve months will be filled with wealth and peace. In China, people force to bloom a daffodil bulb during the New Year, because it will bring good luck and fortune to your home. Isn’t it lovely?

Its botanic name is narcissus and this flower is also associated with Narcissus legend. In old Greek mythology, he was the son of a river god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope, living happily in Thespiae in Boeotia. But famous for his beauty, he started to be too much vain and Nemesis was a little angry.

One day, Narcissus was hunting and Nemesis attracted him to a pool. There, he saw his reflection and fell in love with it, not realizing it was his own image. Confused, he wanted to kiss the image and drowned… Of course, afterwards, he was transformed in a daffodil and his spirit lives forever… Maybe in your garden!

The daffodil is also a beautiful gift. But remember to present daffodils in a bunch. The same legends that associate this merry flower with good fortune warn us about giving it as a single bloom. Thus, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.

They are normally sold as dry bulbs to be planted in late Summer and Autumn. Over 140 varieties have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

“They can fly and they howl, they slaughter depression and headaches, they daydream like gang-banging daffodils, orchids and cherry blossoms grasping mauve toffee clouds, they breastfeed laughter.” Laura Gentile.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! And spring is coming!


Daffodils. Photo attribution Petr Kratochvil

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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