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.

History:

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”.

History:
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