Flower of the Month

March -Daffodil


I don’t think I could go much longer without mentioning the daffodils. As they are the flower of March I think it’s time we shed some spring sunlight onto them. These have been springing up from the ground and flowering over the last month or so. Now we are in March they are in full bloom and their addition of colour to the ever greening hedgerows is unmissable. One of the amazing thigs with daffodils is that the time they flower is very temperature based. This gives a locality effect where you merely have to walk 1000 metres or so for there to be a change in whether they are in bloom or still in bud.

Their flowers can vary in colour from the lightest of yellows and even whites to dark orange. They have green leafless stems which are usually between 6-20 inches tall (15-50 cm). The petals form a trumpet shape. For those of you interested, the proper name for all the petals of a flower is called a corolla. Inside them, especially with daffodils, you will find the corona. This is like a second flower inside the first. It is commonly known that you can plant daffodils from bulbs but what some people don’t realise (including myself until I did some research) was that you can actually grow daffodils from seeds. My favourite sort of daffodils are the white ones with the orange centres.


Some daffodil fun facts:

  • The leaves and bulb contain a toxin called Lycorine which keeps predators away.
  • Due to the toxic sap they should not be kept in the vase with other plants as this can harm them.
  • Florists can develop allergic reaction on the skin called “daffodil itch” after preparing floral arrangements made of daffodils.
  • Ancient Romans cultivated daffodils and believed that sap extracted from the flowers possesses healing properties.
  • It is the national flower of Wales and is worn on St David’s Day every 1st March

Now you may be wondering why I am talking about Daffodils as honey bees don’t tend to like them. Well, native species of bumblebees adore the wide open flower heads and will happily collect pollen from them. It is important not to just care for our own honey bees but also the wild ones. Without them it would be a much less colourful world.