My first painting of the New Year 2015: Daffodil flowers This is because daffodils symbolize new beginnings / rebirth. These flowers with unmatched beauty often bloom in clusters. They are often used in bouquets or flower arrangements. A bunch of daffodil flowers as a gift ensures wealth and happiness. Gifting a single flower is considered to be a bad omen. Thus, flowers should always be given in a bunch.
Their scientific name is Narcissus. Their common names include ~ jonquil and lent lily. They are popularly called 'lent lily' due to their long association with Lent. Let me tell you that, Lent is forty day long period of preparation for Easter sunday. During this period before Easter, many Christians do not eat certain type of food as a mark of respect to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ.
These beautiful flowers are infact, a sign of end of winter season. They are the March birth month flower. They appear at the onset of spring. They have six petals and there is one flower per stem. Their basic color is yellow but generally white daffodils are also common.
Many poets including William Wordsworth have composed poems on them. These ornamental flowers are a favourite with gardeners and florists for the simple reason that they have long life and have pretty, attractive blooms. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales and the symbol of many Cancer Charity Organisations. They also have medicinal value. Hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start.