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The Daffodil

Daffodil Days

Mar 2

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."

~ I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, William Wordsworth, 1804

Happy March birthdays with the birthflower of March, the daffodil! This John Drewry strathspey with rounded and diagonal figures may remind you of daffodils fluttering and dancing in a spring breeze. In Wales, the daffodil is deeply imbued with national pride and cultural symbolism, standing as a vibrant emblem of Welsh identity. Blooming around the time of St. David's Day on March 1st, the national day of Wales, daffodils are worn to honor the patron saint and celebrate Welsh history and heritage. In various cultures, they symbolize rebirth and unrequited love. Give a bouquet of daffodils to a friend this month for good luck! 🏵️ 🏵️ 🏵️ 🏵️ 🏵️

The Daffodil

The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is worn on St David's Day each 1 March. (In Welsh, the daffodil is known as "Peter's Leek", cenhinen Bedr/Cenin pedr.) It is also the birth flower of March.


The name Daffodil probably comes from the word Affodyle, old English for "early-comer." In Shakespeare's day it had many nicknames such as daff-a-down-dilly and daffodilly and was also known as the Lent lily.

The most common color of daffodils are shades yellow.  But daffodils also come in different colors such as pink and lime green or even combinations of yellow, white, and bright orange. 

Daffodils are poisonous and can even cause skin irritations for some - called "daffodil itch."

Many regional superstitions are associated with daffodils:

In Greek mythology, daffodils are pale yellow flowers that grow in Hades for the dead to consume.

Daffodils were also considered unlucky by poultry keepers.   If someone who owns chickens keeps daffodils inside the home, it was believed that the poultry would not lay eggs or that already laid eggs would not hatch. 

In the US, particularly in Maine, pointing at a daffodil with your index finger is said to keep it from blooming!

For the best places in the UK to view daffodils, click the daffodils.


And for a video of the dance performed at Fanwood in 2016, scroll down below. 

The Daffodil

Click the dance cribs or description below to link to a printable version of the dance!

The Daffodil

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