The bright, sunny daffodil is one of the most-loved flowers in the U.K. Perhaps we appreciate this beautiful bloom so much because it is the harbinger of Spring and warm weather.
Where Does the Name 'Daffodil' Come From?
There are a few theories about where the name 'daffodil' comes from, but the most likely is thought to be that the name is derived from the Old English word "affodyle", meaning "that which comes early".
Additionally, the flower has many local nicknames around the country such as Daffodily, Easter Rose & Yellow Maidens. The appearance of the flowers in the run up to Easter also gives them their traditional name of 'Lent Lilies'.
The Symbolism of Daffodils
As the first bloom of Spring, daffodils are seen to represent rebirth, hope and joy. In the Victorian 'language of flowers', where flowers were used to convey messages to loved ones, the daffodil signified joy and happiness. In some cultures daffodils are believed to bring wealth. For example, in China, folklore states that if a daffodil flowers on the Chinese New Year your house will have good fortune for the next twelve months. In Wales, where the daffodil is the national flower, it is said that those who see the first daffodil of the season will benefit from wealth for the following year.
Daffodils in Literature
Many famous writers, including Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley and Keats, have written verse to celebrate the beautiful daffodil. None is perhaps better known than William Wordsworth's poem 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'which has become irrevocably linked with the golden, joyful blooms. His sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, also wrote about the Spring blossom.
I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness & the rest tossed & reeled & danced.
— Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere Journal 15 April 1802
The Birthday Flower for March
Just like birthstones, each month of the year has a flower associated with it. The month of your birth confers your birthday flower. The daffodil is the birthday flower for March.
Our sterling silver daffodil necklace is the perfect gift for a March birthday girl. The silver flower pendant is strikingly realistic, with intricate elements, detailing each curve and ripple of the petals. The central trumpet is finished in 18ct gold vermeil.