March flower: Daffodil

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  1. In Ancient Rome, daffodils were prized for their sap, which was thought to contain healing properties. Though they were treasured by the Romans, daffodils faded into the shadows for centuries before re-emerging during the 1600s, when the English gave them a place in the garden.
  2. If you present someone with a single daffodil, legend has it bad luck may be on the horizon. Instead, deliver a whole bunch of them: a gift of several daffodils is believed to ensure happiness to the recipient. But that’s no surprise to us! It seems impossible not to feel just a little bit of joy at the sight of them.
  3. Daffodils go by many names: their botanically labelled narcissus and occasionally referred to as jonquils. In England they’re known as “Lent Lilies.”
  4. Try forcing a daffodil bulb to bloom for the Chinese New Year. Tradition has it this brings good luck to the household.
  5. If you want to mix daffodils in a vase with other flowers, first soak them in water for 24 hours. This eliminates the sap they contain, which is often poisonous to other plants. Don’t cut the stems afterwards, as this triggers another release of the toxic sap.
  6. Daffodil bulbs contain a compound called narciclasine. Scientists have discovered this substance may actually be effective in treating brain cancer.

source: the humble gardener

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Royal Albert Daffodil pattern china trio

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