It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chapter 3, Page 12, Book 11

It's Super Saturday!

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I WANDER'D 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.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

One of the flowers most associated with March is the narcissus (Wild daffodil). Named after the boy in Greek mythology, who was changed into a flower. Narciccus is also known as Lent Lily because it blooms in early spring and the blooms usually dropping before Easter.

The daffodil became a popular Welsh symbol in the 19th Century. Lloyd George used it to symbolise Wales at the 1911 Investiture and in official publications.

In England the daffodil inspired amongst others William Wordsworth to write his famous poem Daffodils.

Throughout the centuries the Daffodil gained it's fame in many different countries and cultures. Easter being the celebration of rebirth, and the return of spring by many cultures, had initiated the flower to be associated with it's early spring bloom. The Daffodil is the birthday flower of March, the same month as the spring equinox, which brings great celebration to the return of spring

It is said the Daffodil also first bloomed during the time of Christs Resurrection, and the Christian faith holds the flower in high regard as an Easter symbol. The legend says the Daffodil first appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane, during the happening of Christ's The Last Supper, it was a sign of great sorrow, and hope for better things to come.

Foklores of the Daffodil.

Please don't step on the Daffodils.

Tread with caution when walking around a bed of daffodils. If you step, stomp, or trample on a bed of Daffodils, bad luck will find you.

If you make a great effort to avoid stepping on a Daffodil, you will be rewarded good fortune.

Be Generous when Giving Daffodils as a gift.

It is bad luck to bring in a single Daffodil, misfortune will fall upon the house. Always bring a bouquet filled, if you intend to give Daffodils as a present, this will bring good fortune to the house.

As a Welsh tradition. The First Daffodil of Spring brings good fortune. Due to the bright yellow color, the first sighter can expect good fortune, bringing in more gold then silver for the following 12 months.

It was good luck to bring the first bouquet of daffodils in spring over the threshold, and for every flower brought in, a gosling would hatch strong and healthy.

As a Chinese lore, the daffodil which is groomed to bloom on the Chinese New Year will bring good fortune for the next twelve months.

For a lady to give a man a daffodil, it denotes her insight to his chivalrous manner.

The sunny yellow glow of a daffodil tells the one you love that their sunny smile brightens your day.

To give a daffodil to your sweetheart it is a sign of love, hope, joy, through respect.

Until our latest snow hit the ground we did have daffodil shoots appearing outside all around our house. Hopefully they are not too frozen and will bloom for us this Spring. The good news is that by next week they say our temps will be in the 50's and just maybe even in the 60's. Please join me in praying for those around the world suffering from the winter storms, the earth quakes, the tsunami and flooding.

Have a Super Saturday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma


Scrappy quilter said...

Daffodils aren't one of my favorite flowers. We won't see them for quite some time yet in the ground. We had a huge blizzard yesterday with most roads closed in our province. I'm not sure when spring will arrive here. Hugs and wishing you a wonderful Sat.

betty said...

very interesting about the daffodils, Ma; didn't know its significance in so much of history and forklore. I think they are pretty hardy flowers too, for I remember them peeking through on a warm winter day only to get frozen a few days later, but then in their resilence peeking through again when the weather warmed. Hope it is the same for your daffodils.

good time indeed to pray for all and for those that don't believe in God, that they will come to see that Jesus is the only way to heaven indeed, because we just never know when disaster will strike and where it will strike


Sherry said...

Amazing the beauty in one spot on earth and tragedy in another.
Yes prayers should go up for those who are in pain.

Good entry,
Love from up here in Michigan.
Jack on Sherry's machine.

Jean said...

I enjoy reading your post. I love most all flowers and I'm looking forward to planting some new ones I do need to get some that will grow and live in the shade my flower bed next to the house in the front is always in the shade even lilies don't grow well in it. We have some short green bushes planted in it and they stay green but would like more color. The weather has been nice hear today not much wind. Hope you have a nice Sunday.