March Flower of the Month – Narcissus (aka Daffodil, Jonquil)

What’s in a Name: The genus name Narcissus is thought to be derived from the Greek Narkissos, meaning sleep or numbness.


The Greek Myth of Narcissus and Echo details the often drooping appearance of Narcissus blooms. Narcissus had an unrequited love for Echo and hid in a cave to escape his sorrow. Often, he would come
out of the cave to check his reflection in a nearby lake. Trying to get a closer look at himself, he fell in and drowned. A Narcissus flower bloomed in his place and its drooping head, leaning over to stare at its
reflection in the lake, was thought to portray the vanity of Narcissus.

Symbolism: friendship and domestic happiness, rebirth

Did You Know:
• In the Victorian language of flowers, Narcissus conveyed the sentiment “You are an Angel.”
• Narcissus may be white, yellow, or deep to pale orange, or a combination of two of these colors.
• Jonquils are thought to bring good fortune to those who do not step on them.
• Daffodils are often the first flowers to bloom during spring.
• Narcissus’ sap contains sharp crystals which protect them from foraging animals.
• These same crystals cause other flowers to wilt if placed in a bouquet with Narcissus.

January Flower of the Month – Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

What’s in a Name:
Carnation comes from the Greek word “corone”, which means meaning flower garlands, its scientific Genus name of Dianthus means “Flower of Love” or “Flower of the Gods”.

Carnations have been popular for formal ceremonies, joyful celebrations and expressions of love since at least Roman times. Since the 1600s they have been used to make a French liqueur known as Chartreuse.

Symbolism: love, fascination, and distinction
Did You Know:
• In the Language of Flowers, some believe a striped Carnation says “I wish I could be with you.” While others use it as a symbol of refusal!
• Carnations are one of the oldest cultivated flowers.
• Carnations make very long-lasting cut flowers
• They are one of the easiest to grow flowers.
• Most garden varieties have a rich, clove-like scent
• The petals are edible, for a fun salad or dessert garnish