The flower that trumpets spring.
We don’t have harsh enough winters in Southern California to warrant sheer happiness at the sight of flowers in bloom. But spring is a time for fresh starts and color. And nothing announces spring like the daffodil.
How delightful is it to walk around, or sit on the front-porch glider, and look at all that color?
The flower has an interesting history. It signifies respect and admiration. In ancient Egypt, the skins from the daffodil bulb were placed on the eyes and mouth of mummies.
It also goes by the name Lent lily, because it blooms around lent time, and narcissi.
In Greek mythology “Narcissus” was the young man who fell so in love with his own reflection that he rejected the nymph Echo and was punished by the gods (thus “narcissistic”).
As the story goes, he leaned to kiss his own reflection and fell in the water, never to resurface, and the daffodil sprang up on the water’s edge where he had been kneeling.
Where I live, it gets very hot in the summer and windy in the winter. Bad conditions for the flower, yet when my mother visited, she insisted on planting daffodils in my backyard with the caveat, “they’ll be fine if you take care of them.” I water them often, after checking the soil (as per Mom’s instructions). And they are fine and beautiful.
Color brings joy to life, doesn’t it? Californians travel in droves to the Nevada, Utah, and Arizona deserts to see wildflowers bloom. Of course, the desert flowers are unique. You see a lot of purple, blue, pink, and orange combinations.
At home, we have McLaughlin’s Hill in Volcano, California — four acres devoted to the annual planting of daffodils.
The owners do not advertise the farm as a business. It is a quiet destination for those who want to enjoy the sight of flowers in bloom during spring break.
Visitors purchase food, beverages and souvenirs, as the proceeds benefit non-profit groups. A great venture all around — money for charities and a hillside filled with brilliant yellow. How is that for color loving folks?
Photo credits: Yellow and red daffodil by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble), from Wikimedia Commons; McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill in Volcano, California, by arlenevpoma hubpages.