The Narcissus her English name is Daffodil, that is probably not new to you. But did you know that this flower has her own dramatic legend?
LOVE, SELFISHNESS AND VANITY
The story tells about Narkissos, a beautiful young man from Greek mythology, where the name Narcissus is derived from. Narkissos didn’t notice the nymph Echo who had a crush on him as he was totally focused on the hunting. Echo didn’t accept this and made sure that Narkissos, when he wanted to drink from a stream, became so in love with himself that he couldn’t stop staring at his own mirror image in the water for days. In the end he became so exhausted that he fell into the water and drowned. On that spot a flower started to bloom which equaled the beauty of Narkissos: the Narcissus.
The flower was also a symbol of selfishness and vanity. Nowadays the flower symbolises a new beginning as the daffodil announces a new season.
Narcissus Fragrant Jewel, Narcissus Neon and Narcissus Marquette by grower W.F. van Leenen.
MORE THAN YELLOW
Bright yellow is the best known Daffodil colour but there are also beautiful combinations of white and salmon pink. And did you know the Daffodil has different appearances? With or without leaves, with large and smaller trumpets, strongly perfumed and non-perfumed. One thing they have in common; they all celebrate the spring in an exuberant way.
Narcissus White Surprise, Narcissus Erchileer and Narcissus Sabine Hayby grower W.F. van Leenen.
CHEERFUL SPRING TRUMPET
The beautiful trumpet shaped flowers grow naturally in meadows, woods and on rocky grounds in Western Europe. In Holland you know Spring is on its way when you see the Daffodils in bloom. This cheerful flower announces the new season with its trumpets!
CARE TIPS FOR THE NARCISSUS
Please don’t cut of the stems of the Narcissus, the toxic slime will flow out of the stems. If you do need to cut them, place them in a vase with water. This way the toxins will be reduced in one hour. After this process you can use them in your bouquet (be sure not to cut the flowers or else you have to repeat the process) .
When daffodils are mixed with other flowers in a bouquet it is important to be aware of the slime coming from the stems. This will be reduced if you add special flower food. Flowers like the Hypericum or different types of Prunus branches are very strong and not very vulnerable for the toxins. They combine very well with the Narcissus in spring bouquets!
Don’t place the flowers near a fruit bowl. Fruit naturally produces ethylene gas and the flowers become wilted much sooner.
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