Monday, March 10, 2008

Paradise Gardens

Of all the sprintime flowers it is the narcissus or daffodil that signifies thattells us that Spring is established. Not the first spring flower to bloom but the lenghening days towards the Spring Equinox prompt the bulbs to blossom. With three important occaisions around the flowering time; those of Valentines Day, Mothers day and Easter Sunday. The important Daffodil trade complements the rose trade and provides a huge boost for the flower industry early in the year.

If a man finds himself with bread in both hands, he should exchange one loaf for some flowers of narcissus, because the loaf feeds the body, but the flowers feed the soul.

Daffodils en-masse draw visitors in large numbers to gardens and parks from Tasmania to the English Lake District, which has wordsworths poem to thank for it's own popularity.

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

W. Wordsworth

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