Narcissus pseudo narcissus by Ginny Battson © 2016
“It had been huddling like an old gray woman
grabbing her shawl, in an underground house,
stirring a promise to return.
Soon its six petals harmonic sense will bring love”.
(Daffodils by Martin Willitts Jr, Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award – Winning Poem 2014)
Britain’s native daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus ssp pseudonarcissus, the Lent Lily, is a tribute to the powers of early Spring. She brings light and gentle movement to the stiller, wetter soils, whilst also foretelling of community, gathering in ‘crowds’ as poet William Wordsworth also witnessed.
The Victorian ‘Language of Flowers’ suggests a daffodil speaks of unrequited love, but I know this not to be true. … Read more