March's birth flower: daffodils

Ah daffodils, the happy herald of Spring. These darling golden trumpets aren't just the first signs of warmer, lighter days, they're also the birth flower of anyone born in March.

Latin name Narcissus, daffodils have symbolism going back centuries and further. In Greek mythology it represents the Underworld due to the tale of Persephone being distracted by the vibrant flower and Hades stealing her away to his realm. There's also of course the more commonly known tale of the God Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection and perished. At the spot he died its said a golden flower grew, and was named after him.

There is much cheerier symbolism to this flower, making it a bright and joyful gift. Meanings include beauty, chivalry, faith, forgiveness, honesty, hope and love. Some civilisations have even associated daffodils as having the power as an aphrodisiac, for fertility, love and luck.

The jonquil, or Narcissus jonquilla, is also a birth flower for the third month of the Gregorian calendar. This variety has white outer petals and the classic yellow inner bugle. The jonquil was the favourite flower of Queen Anne, who loved the bloom so much that it inspired her to create the first public botanical garden, Kensington Palace Gardens.

We love daffodils largely because you just can't help smiling when seeing their large heads with a mane of petals that follow the sun and beam even on the greyest days.

If you'd like to brighten up someone's day, or cheer yourself up, why not order the Allegra, where the daffodils are accompanied by plush yellow roses, barbiecore pink germini and more. For a more convenient but no less lovely gift, the Letterbox Spring Classics is a delight to receive and fits through most standard letterboxes.

By Beth Cox

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